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Amsterdam prepares for legendary Keizer ice skating Race

Amsterdam prepares for the legendary Keizer Race across the frozen Keizersgracht canal in Amsterdam that will be staged for the first time in 15 years.

The Keizer race will be held this Saturday February 11th and is organized by De Telegraaf.

In homes, bars and offices the talk all week has centered on whether it was cold enough for the canal water to freeze evenly, whether the snow blanket was too thick, hampering ice formation, and whether the ice would reach the required thickness needed along the entire course.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is very pleased with the event. “This is great for the city. After the Elfstedentocht, the Keizer Race, is the next best thing for Amsterdam. Everyone dreams to be able to skate on the Amsterdam canals. With the fantastic lighting and great atmosphere it creates a very attractive picture.”

Former sprint world champion Jan Bos and Brecht Kramer, the sister of Sven Kramer, have already mentioned wish to participate. Tonight from seven participants may register by telephone. First come, first served.