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Warming up for 30th Warsaw Marathon
September 17, 2008   
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The Warsaw Marathon, Poland's best known running event for amateur athletes, will be held Sept. 28. More than 2,000 competitors have entered the 42 km race, which starts at 9 a.m. on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street and runs along Warsaw's landmark streets such as Nowy Świat and Marszałkowska as well as the New and Old Town market squares. For the first time, the route also leads through Jerozolimskie Avenue in the city center. The finish line is in a park in the Podzamcze area near the Royal Castle.

The race started in the years of the Solidarity movement in the early 1980s, and survived the martial law period of 1981-1982. These days it has become one of the best known sporting events in the city.

The 30th marathon will be celebrated with panache. An exhibition of old photos on Bankowy Square, a special book featuring the 30 most prominent runners in the history of the event, a special photo competition with 250 photographers to picture the race-these are just a few examples of the activities that will make this year's marathon special.

The organizers also want to attract non-marathon runners to celebrate the jubilee. They have asked 30 schools from across the country to design an exhibition made of 30 charts-each of them commemorating the most memorable highlights of the past three decades. The exhibition will be open to the general public in the Warsaw University Library building.

The organizers of the race are preparing something special for foreigners living in Warsaw too. The project is called "The International Mile" and is meant to bring together people of various nationalities along the marathon course. The location of the Mile has been selected in such a way as to make the viewing of the race as pleasant as possible. It starts on ujazdowskie Avenue near the U.S. embassy and runs along Piękna and Marszałkowska streets. There will be live music and cheerleaders.

Some 3,000 runners from around 35 countries are expected to take part-among them an elite group with their minds set on breaking the marathon record and improving their personal bests.

Competition for Readers
Two Voice readers are going to win a Timex watch from the limited Warsaw Marathon series.

The watch bears the logo of the Warsaw Marathon Foundation, which organizes the marathon. Both prizes have been donated by Timex.

Send the answers to the following questions to

1. In which year was the Warsaw Marathon (of Peace) first held?
2. Who is the Official Timekeeper at the Warsaw Marathon?

The first two e-mails with the correct answers will win.
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