Krňačky race celebrates anniversary

Tradition of Krňačky race in Turecká village celebrated 60 years.

(Source: Ján Krošlák, PetitPress)

The idea of racing on krňačky sleighs arose in a local pub in 1957 when a group of men bet who would slide faster downhill on a krňačky. Krňačky sleighs, also called krne, are much older than 60 years – they were used to collect wood from inaccessible hills.

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“Even though it was dark outside, some of them went for krne,” is written in local document. Three or four men sat on a krne and went down by the road meant to for collecting wood.

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Then men came up with the idea of organizing a race. In the inaugural year of the race everyone was a winner, even though the first were Čilík Ludevít and Čilík Jaroslav, as recorded in a local document.

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