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Russia: Holiday marked with Battle of the Sledges

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 25, 2013 at 12:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Sokolniki Park celebrates holiday with sledge competition

Today Russians celebrated the Defender of the Fatherland Day, to commemorate the Red Army's first mass draft during the 1918 Russian civil war. Sokolniki Park in Moscow marked the holiday with a "Battle of Sledges" competition.

Teams of two to five constructed military themed inflatable sledges, which then slid down Moscow's longest artificial snow tubing mountain.

Participants competed to see whose sledge was the most creative and covered the longest distance. The winning sledge was decided by votes from fellow participants and the winners would receive a cash prize of 50,000 Rubles (1,250 EUR or 1,647 USD). Despite temperatures being below freezing, there was a large audience and lots of applause for all of the competitors.

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Russia: Sokolniki Park celebrates holiday with sledge competition

Today Russians celebrated the Defender of the Fatherland Day, to commemorate the Red Army's first mass draft during the 1918 Russian civil war. Sokolniki Park in Moscow marked the holiday with a "Battle of Sledges" competition.

Teams of two to five constructed military themed inflatable sledges, which then slid down Moscow's longest artificial snow tubing mountain.

Participants competed to see whose sledge was the most creative and covered the longest distance. The winning sledge was decided by votes from fellow participants and the winners would receive a cash prize of 50,000 Rubles (1,250 EUR or 1,647 USD). Despite temperatures being below freezing, there was a large audience and lots of applause for all of the competitors.

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