More than 3,600 competitors took part in a ski race in southern Poland on February 5.
SV & CU PAN Band plays as skiers warm themselves around a bonfire (3 shots)
SV Young skiers line up
SV Crowd lines up
SV Crowd of very young children start their skiing event (2 shots)
CU PAN FROM Young child on skis to spectators
SV Adults start their event
SV Adults skiing in fog
SV Hot drinks given out
SV & LV Adults skiing in fog (2 shots)
SV Skiers arrive at the finish (3 shots)
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Background: More than 3,600 competitors took part in a ski race in southern Poland on February 5. The event known as the "Gwarki" ski race attracted both adults and children and highlighted the growing popularity of "Nordic" or cross-country skiing. The skiers listened to a brass band and warmed themselves by a bonfire before lining up to start the race. Some 800 children entered the one kilometre race including several five-year olds. The first adult past the winning post of the 10 kilometre race were Jerzy Szyda and Jerzy Jankowski who shared top honours. They managed to complete the course despite the foggy weather. The oldest participant of the race was 80-year old Antoni Szymanski.