City karts in Schoonhoven: race for an hour for the food bank

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SCHOONHOVEN • Round 165 table and SilverCity Events have teamed up to organize a major ‘pop-up racing event’ in Schoonhoven: Citykarts.

The grounds of the old Dika factory, just outside Veerpoort, will be transformed into a real go-kart track on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November. Business teams can compete with each other on this challenging course to take a shot at the coveted one Silverkart Cup.

The temporary circuit will consist of an outdoor and an indoor part, says Kay van Rijswijk. He is a member of Round Table 165, from whom the initiative for the event comes. “At this special location, teams of companies can compete with each other in races. Each company has its own kart. There is always room for ten teams, consisting of a maximum of five people, per one-hour race. There are five mandatory pit stops along the way for to change drivers. That way, everyone has a turn. You can choose five riders, but two are also allowed. The fastest average time over a heat ultimately determines the final classification.”

Local charity
Bordrunde 165 is an association for men between the ages of 18 and 40, where friendship, self-development and service are at the centre. Van Rijswijk: “We want to express our commitment to society and charity. Every year we organize an event to which we link a local charity. In the past this was, for example, Day spending Krimpenerwaard, where we held a running event at Surfplas near Krimpen aan de Lek. Due to corona, it could not continue for the last two years, but now we are back with Citykarts, whose profits after deducting costs go to the Food Bank IJssel and Lek.”

Tabelrunde 165 explicitly sought cooperation with Silver City Events, known from among others City Beats, for the organization of the racing show. Van Rijswijk: “They have already organized something similar in Schoonhoven and therefore have know how to set it up correctly. In addition, they have good connections here and there and also the right resources internally to organize an event of this size.”

Team building
In total, there is room for eighty teams spread over the two race days. Registrations are already coming in, but there are still places available, says Van Rijswijk. “We have had a flyer printed that is distributed to companies as an enticement. We also hope to visit various entrepreneurs to get them excited to participate with their employees. After all, karting is the ultimate team building activity. It brings people closer together. You will have to work as a team to deliver a good performance. During the event, there will of course be ample opportunity for the teams to network among themselves. For drivers who are waiting their turn or have just finished, there are racing simulators where they can show off their racing skills by correctly turning a corner or performing a smart overtaking maneuver to also digitally set the fastest time. “

Afterwards, the race can be critically analyzed while enjoying a snack and a drink in the catering department. “We hope the drivers will stay with us for a while to share their experiences on the track. There will be plenty to eat and drink.” Teams of companies can join Citykarts for 750 euros. For this, in addition to participating in the race, they also receive fifteen consumable coins, a team photo and a trophy. The company name is also made known via social media and appears on the Citykart website and on banners along the track.

Times: Friday 18 November from 17:00 to midnight (map between 17:00 and 22:00); Saturday 19 November from 14.00 to 20.00 (map between 14.00 and 18.00). You can register at www.citykarts.nl

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