Polish News Translated - Poznań April 29

By Bethany HuffApril 29, 2024

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Editor's Note: These are courtesy translations of local news provided by the U.S. Army Garrison Poland Public Affairs team for the benefit the military community stationed here. Views or opinions are not endorsed by USAG Poland or the U.S. Army.

Wings for Life World Run 2024: Join the Global Race from Poznan or Anywhere

This Sunday, May 5th, at 1:00 p.m. local time, Poznan will host the 11th edition of the Wings for Life World Run. Unlike traditional races, there's no fixed finish line. Instead, participants are pursued by a virtual Chasing Car, led by Adam Małysz.

While the event has been synonymous with Poznan, this year sees a nationwide expansion, thanks to grassroots efforts and the Wings for Life World Run App. Alongside Poznan, cities like Krakow, Warsaw, and Gdańsk, among others, are now part of the 24 locations hosting the run. Participants using the app will receive official t-shirts, with registration fees supporting spinal cord research.

"We're proud of the event's growth in Poland," says Paweł Januszewski, the race's sports director. "The app allows us to make strides in spinal cord research while providing an exceptional experience akin to the Flag Run."

To join via the app, visit the Wings for Life World Run website and register for the App Run. Registration includes an official Adidas t-shirt and costs 80 PLN (approximately $20), with proceeds dedicated to spinal cord research.

Poznań Museum Presents Star Wars Day: A Fusion of Pop Culture and History

Prepare for a unique holiday experience at the Armament Museum in Poznań, where military history meets the iconic Star Wars universe.

Dubbed Star Wars Day, this special event invites not only die-hard fans but also enthusiasts of military history to explore a captivating temporary exhibition. Showcasing select artifacts that served as inspiration for the legendary film series, including equipment, weapons, and character costumes, the exhibition promises to bridge the gap between reality and the distant galaxies of Star Wars.

"We aim to bring the distant galaxy closer to our visitors, offering a deeper insight into the connections between the saga and real-world military history," share museum representatives. "We hope to surprise both avid Star Wars fans and military history experts alike with our unique selection and presentation."

The exhibition is complemented by a one-day special event on May 4th, Star Wars Day at the Armament Museum. Attendees can look forward to appearances by members of official Polish costume groups and engaging lectures.

Best of all, participation in the Star Wars Day events at the Armament Museum is entirely free of charge. However, don't wait too long to visit—the "Star Wars and Military..." exhibition is only open until May 4th. Don't miss this extraordinary blend of pop culture and historical exploration!

Life Returns to Warta Riverfront: New Openings Bring Fresh Vibes

Excitement filled the air along the Warta River on Friday as several beloved spots reopened their doors, signaling the return of life to the waterfront. While KontenerART kicked off the season with its popular opening on April 26th, it wasn't the only hotspot welcoming back visitors.

Joining the fray were two other notable venues, each offering its own unique charm and activities. First up is Nurt, nestled near the Queen Jadwiga Bridge along Ronda Rataje. Known for its spring and summer allure, Nurt promises a revamped experience this year, with fresh graphic visuals, redesigned spaces, new seating areas, a covered stage, and tantalizing gastronomic offerings, according to its creators.

On the opposite side of the river lies Działka, situated amidst the greenery of Winogrady and allotment gardens, conveniently located along Wartostrada near the Lech Bridge. Under the management of Wojtek Lęcki, Działka invites visitors to enjoy a rejuvenated space perfect for families and friends alike. From laid-back lounging on cozy corlins with live music to engaging in sports activities, yoga sessions, or hearty laughs at the stand-up comedy corner, there's something for everyone. Additionally, Działka plans to host educational events such as stargazing sessions and bicycle maintenance workshops, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the Warta waterfront experience.

As these riverside gems spring back to life, locals and visitors alike can look forward to a season filled with relaxation, entertainment, and community spirit along the picturesque banks of the Warta River.

Major Investment Planned Near Poznań: State-of-the-Art Training Facility for Abrams and K2 Tank Crews

A groundbreaking investment is on the horizon near Poznań, with plans underway to establish a state-of-the-art training ground at the Biedrusko (BTA) facility. This ambitious project, set to unfold over the next 3-5 years, entails an investment of several hundred million.

The Biedrusko training area, under the auspices of the Center for Land Forces Training in Poznań, will undergo a remarkable transformation into a modern complex tailored for tank training. It is poised to become the sole training hub in Poland dedicated to honing the skills of Abrams and K2 tank crews.

The envisioned facility will feature cutting-edge simulators to simulate tank operations, ensuring comprehensive training for personnel. Additionally, new barracks, maintenance garages, and repair teams will be constructed, all specifically designed to accommodate the unique requirements of American and Korean tanks.

This year marks a pivotal moment as the tender for the construction of tent halls, earmarked for Abrams tanks destined for Poland, is set to be finalized. The culmination of this ambitious endeavor is projected for 2025.

"The forthcoming garage will be a formidable structure, capable of housing several dozen American tanks. Spanning approximately 14,000 square meters, its estimated value exceeds PLN 150 million," revealed officials involved in the project.

As plans unfold for this groundbreaking facility, anticipation builds for the enhanced training opportunities it will afford, ensuring the readiness and capabilities of tank crews for years to come.