Friday, December 6, 2019 4:01 PM

Funding for the royal run

Sønderborg will be one of the host towns in 2020

Press Photo Royal Run

Press Photo Royal Run

Jan Kejser

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Reunion, Sønderborg has been nominated as one of the host cities for the Royal Run which will be held on the first of June (Whit Monday).

Bitten and Mads Clausen’s Foundation are supporting the occasion with funding of 500,000 DKK. 

The Royal Run

The Royal Run was first held in 2018, on the occasion of the Crown Prince’s 50th birthday. At that time, the race took place in Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Odense and Copenhagen. The Crown Prince participated along the way in all five cities. A total of 70,575 Danes took part in the race in 2018. In 2019, the race was held in the Faroe Islands, Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and on Bornholm. This time there were 82,028 runners. It was also possible for private companies and independent groups to run their own ‘Royal Side Runs’, resulting in 120 ‘side runs’ both across the country and abroad, for example in Greenland, Germany and Dubai.

In 2020, the Run will start in Sønderborg where the Crown Prince will join in. The other host cities are Odense, Aalborg and Copenhagen.

The overall vision for the Royal Run in 2020 is: “Together we can do more than we think”. The community is thus the central focus and the aim for the race is to get as many people as possible to participate, at their own pace and with their own individual goals. 

The sense of community, together with the enjoyment of the experience, is the DNA of the Royal Run. The event consists of runs over several shorter distances making it possible for people of all ages and abilities to join in. Runs of the following distances are being held: one mile (1.6 km), 5 km and 10 km.

The donation has two aims:

The funding from Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation will go towards two main objectives:

  • The donation will, in collaboration with Sport Event Syd, ensure that the Royal Run delivers a special experience for the participants, with a good route demonstrating the best of the town. The route and the programme will provide an excellent experience for the spectator. A TV production will ensure that TV viewers will enjoy watching the Run and come away with a positive impression of the town.
  • The donation will encourage a sense of community, focusing on public health. It will ensure that, in the months leading up to the Royal Run, walking and running activities are initiated in order to motivate as many people as possible to participate. The event is intended to cater for people who would not normally enter races of this nature. This is achieved by working with Municipal departments such as day-care institutions, schools, health care systems, and social psychiatry, as well as with the voluntary social and health-promoting organisations. Sønderborg Municipality will take steps so that everyone whether they’re a child, a teenager or an elderly person – regardless of their physical ability – can participate in this fantastic event.
Together we can do more than we believe

Together we can do more than we believe

Lars Horn

 Read more about the Royal Run on its website:

Royal Run