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2008 Race Report: Thank You, Baltimore Police

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Special Thanks to the Baltimore City Police

In the past few years, the Baltimore City Police have been featured in a variety of TV shows like Homocide and The Wire. While these programs claim to portray life as it really is, not one single episode shows the police at the Kinetic Sculpture Race. In real life on race day, there’s always a police boat in the harbor, and several officers escort the race throughout the city.

The photo at the far left shows how the race can be serious work. In the afternoon, the sculptures head east along Pratt Street on the north shore of the Inner Harbor. If you look carefully, you’ll see that the sculptures are going the wrong way, directly opposing traffic. The motorcycle officer and car support are clearing the lane for the Garden of Kinetic Delights to lead a caravan of festivity through the heart of Baltimore. This race would simply be impossible without the Baltimore Police.

Sometimes, officers have difficulty maintaining a straight face when working with us. That’s good—the whole point of Kinetics is for everyone to have a good time.

Thank you, Baltimore City Police.

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  1. 2008 Champion: Rat Rod
  2. Wilma & the WOMBATS
  4. HB1GF
  5. When Pigs Fly
  6. Fiah Twuck
  7. Think Tank
  8. Fifi
  9. 99% Chimp
  1. It’s Ben-Hur, Hon!
  2. Running with Scissors
  3. Three from Jemicy
  4. Garden of Kinetic Delights
  5. Camelot
  6. Nice Tots
  7. Otter Chaos
  8. Fish Out of Water
  9. Pirate Punks
  10. Coca-Cobra
  1. UMBC’s You’ve Got What It Takes
  2. Nautical Nymph
  3. Green Racer X
  4. Kinetic Airways
  5. AVAM’s Bumpo, Frog, and Rat
  6. Popemobile
  7. Festivity Among the Crowd
  8. Thank You, Baltimore Police
  9. The Team

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