Boxing Day handmade raft race in Matlock, England

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Rafters paddle a homemade float constructed from an old junk car during the Matlock Boxing Day Raft Race on Dec. 26 in Matlock, Derbyshire, England. Boxing Day — which is celebrated in the U.K., Canada, Australia and various other countries — is an important day on the sports calendar, though most of the sports aren't as unusual as this one.

Organized by the Derbyshire Association of Sub-Aqua Clubs, the raft race kicks off on the River Derwent in Matlock and finishes about four miles downstream at Cromford Meadows. Over the years, the annual event has raised more than £200,000 (that's about $329,000 in U.S. money) for various charities.

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Boxing Day handmade raft race

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