May 4, 2017 @ 11:45 pm – May 6, 2017 @ 11:45 am
Bevrijdings run 4 and 5 May 2017 @ Wageningen

Every year on 4 and 5 May starting around midnight on the 4 May runners from Den Haag Marathon run a relay carrying the Bevrijdings (Liberty)  torch  from Wageningen to The Hague, a distance of 135km. The arrival of the  Bevrijdings torch  marks the official opening of the Bevrijdings  festival on the  Malieveld, The Hague which attracts  around  60,00 visitors making it  one of the largest festivals in the country.

The Bevrijdings run  follows the route  taken by  Dutch Princess Irene Brigade  on their way to liberating  The Hague in 1945.

History of the Princess Irene Brigade

The Princess Irene brigade was formed in England on 27  August 1940 by Dutch troops who had  fled The Netherlands after the German invasion in 1940. Dutch nationals from all over the world joined the brigade. 

On 5 May 1945, the brigade departed  from Wageningen and arrived a few days later in The Hague. Their route was via Thorn, Zeist, Utrecht,  Bodegraven, Alphen aan de Rijn, Leiden, Voorschoten and to Wassenaar. On 8 May 1945 the first allied units from Canada  arrived and the Princess  Irene brigade  accompanied them into The Hague.

The Hague Marathon is looking for more people to join in the run:

  1. 2 to 4 cyclists, 3 bikes
  2. 2 drivers for vans
  3. 8-10 runners
  4. First Aid, food and drink support
  5. Someone for Public relations

You can sign up via info@denhaagmarathon.nl with your name, email address, phone number and action to take part in.