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Rat Race
June 17, 2010   
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The second Warsaw Rat Race, a charity fun run, took place on Saturday, May 8, in the Pole Mokotowskie park. The organizers were the Sue Ryder Foundation and the Warsaw Marathon Foundation. Funds raised—more than zl.40,000 in all—will go to the First Step program run by the Sue Ryder Foundation and the Association of Friends for Integration. This program enables recently disabled people to return to a more active life through a modest donation allocated to a specific purpose.

The 3.5 km race gathered 36 teams—firms and their employees, students and public-sector employees. White-collar workers ran in their regular office clothes—jacket, trousers, suit, shirt and tie—with their briefcase, sporting the company’s logo.

The man behind the Warsaw Rat Race, Remco Van der Kroft, brought the idea from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Fans of wakeboarding came to the canal in the Kępa Potocka district of Warsaw May 14-15 to watch the fourth Warsaw Wakeboarding Championship. The event featured a competition in street wakeboarding, a particularly exciting variation of the sport. Contestants, towed behind jet skis, jumped from special jumps called kickers and performed breathtaking maneuvers as they hit floating obstacles called sliders and wallslides. Judges who watched the competition rated the difficulty level of every ride and the quality of the maneuvers.

The riders competed in two categories: wakeboarding and wakeskating, divided into age and gender groups.
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