Roucek and Dzurinda to run New York Marathon

30-05-2001

Libor RoucekLibor Roucek Libor Roucek: "As it is with all prime ministers or presidents, there was one bodyguard riding a bike behind us." Radio Prague: Do you think he minded getting up at six o'clock in the morning to follow you around Prague? LR: "It's a normal jog, but of course there was a tough part from Kampa - which is near the River Moldau (Vltava) - up to Petrin Hill, so that was the toughest part of it." RP: That's quite a steep hill. LR: "It's a steep hill, and of course the bodyguard on a bike, he had problems. We thought we'd have to push him..." RP: How do you keep in shape, how do you keep fit when you're so busy being the government's spokesman? LR: "It's a problem. I have to use any minute I have to keep myself in shape. So that means twice or three times a week I go for a jog, I go to Stromovka or other parts of Prague, other parts of the country, and try to stay fit." RP: Were you racing against the Slovak Prime Minister yesterday? Did you let him win? After all, he is the Prime Minister... LR: "No, no, we were not racing. We were running together. We weren't racing at all." RP: I gather you've made a serious commitment to run in the New York marathon in November... LR: "That's right, we made that commitment. Both of us - Prime Minister Dzurinda and I - run regularly, we run not only 10,000 metres and 15,000 metres, but also half marathons and full marathons. Prime Minister Dzurinda is a regular marathon runner, he ran the oldest marathon in Europe - the Kosice marathon in Eastern Slovakia. I ran the Berlin marathon, I ran the London marathon, and so this year we decided to go to New York and run the New York marathon." RP: But I gather your boss, Prime Minister Milos Zeman, probably won't be running the marathon with you... LR: "You're right. He won't be running the marathon with me, but I'm sure he'll be keeping his fingers crossed." RP: Last year Prime Minister Dzurinda ran the marathon in Prague, and he got lost. Do you think he'll manage to find his way round New York? LR: "The marathon in New York is properly marked - I don't want to say the marathon in Prague isn't properly marked - but last year we got lost, and this didn't happen this year, and I'm sure it won't happen in New York either." RP: Well the best of luck to you. LR: "Thank you very much!"

30-05-2001