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:
- 2 to 4 cyclists, 3 bikes
- 2 drivers for vans
- 8-10 runners
- First Aid, food and drink support
- Someone for Public relations
You can sign up via firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, phone number and action to take part in.