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    Celebrating Independence: Warsaw Hosts 33rd Independence Run

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    In a punctual start at 11:11 in Warsaw, the 33rd Independence Run covering 10 km kicked off. Szymon Gumkowski clinched victory with a remarkable time of 30:56, while Emilia Mazek secured the fastest female finish at 34:12. Before the race, participants united in singing the national anthem, Mazurka Dąbrowskiego. Around 15,000 runners formed a symbolic national flag, donning white and red shirts, traversing key avenues.

    The race commenced and concluded at Stawki Street. Initially heading south, participants turned back at the 5 km mark near Stefan Batorego Street. Gumkowski crossed the finish line nine seconds ahead of Tomasz Słupik and 13 seconds ahead of Mariusz Giżyński. In the women’s category, Mazek dominated, leaving Adriana Kalbarczyk and Magdalena Sudak trailing by over two minutes.

    Aside from the main 10 km run, the Independence Mile for youth aged 10-14, won by Kacper Syguła in 5:20, commenced at 10 AM. Additional events included wheelchair races and Nordic walking competitions. The Independence Run, part of the Warsaw Running Triad, joins the Constitution of May 3rd Run and the Warsaw Uprising Run. The event is organized by the City of Warsaw, the Active Warsaw Sports Center, and the Warsaw Marathon Foundation.

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