The Twin Towns’ Race has ended. The dust on the trails fell down, and the medals and registration numbers are being packed and mailed to new owners.
This project had been on our minds for some time before we launched it. The global pandemic and the resulting constraints sped up putting the idea into action, however, we could not predict for sure how the project would evolve and if it would be successful.
There were 125 participants officially registered for the Race from all around Europe. Some participants registered last minute, on the very weekend when the Race took place.
The invite for this virtual event was extended to runners from the Twin Cities of Grodzisk Wielkopolski. We got positive replies from the Lithuanian Birzai, Bosnian Brod, German Delligsen, Belgium Merksplas, and Polish seaside town – Postomino. The Czech town Tabor had to withdraw at the last moment due to the rigorous pandemic constraints imposed in the Czech Republic a few days before the date of the Race. Health and safety are the utmost priority, and that decision could not have been different.
The first result of the completed race of 10 km reached us on Saturday morning from the Lithuanian Birzai. Then, day by day, other results with pictures taken during the run were sent to the official e-mail address of the event.
Most Participants rushed into the Race trails on Sunday. Our trail located in Zdroj, in the suburbs of Grodzisk Wielkopolski had been set and marked a few days earlier. We met there quite a few runners on Sunday, and the weather cooperated with us (we tried our best so it would be included in the Race package). It is worth mentioning, that the colorful autumn foliage we could see in the forest, added charm to the experience.
For many runners, it was not a priority to finish the Race within a short time. As we expected, there were mushrooms in the forest alongside the trail, it was hard not to succumb to the temptation of collecting them. We had a good time and lots of fun, which is what mattered most to us.
We do not know how much the realization of this project and the experience, stood up to the expectations; however, we are sure we all miss joint running events.
It warms our hearts that so many people from Twin Towns welcomed the idea and together with us, though remotely, ran in the Race.
The event was organized with the financial support from the budget of the Grodzisk Wielkopolski Community as part of the project “Running Twin Towns”.
The Race results sent to us by the Participants can be found below.
Here comes the last important message. Soon we will do the drawing of prizes – suitcases gifted by the Race sponsor, the company SOMMERSON. As we informed earlier, all the participants who registered for the Race, finished it, and submitted their results, will participate in the drawing. The results will be announced soon.