Every year, thousands of people run for peace during The Hague’s Peace Run. This year marks a particularly special edition because the popular running event is celebrating its fifth anniversary. For this reason, a few things have changed.
- This year, for the first time ever, the Hague Peace Run will be held on a Sunday rather than a Saturday.
- The Hague Peace Run, which will take place on Sunday, 24 September, will be organised in association with the Hague International Open Day! The organisers hope that this collaboration will result in more people running for peace.
- The start and finish of the event have been moved to the President Kennedylaan area, which will give us more room than we had in previous years, which in turn will help us make this anniversary edition a larger and more festive event.
“For the fifth time, thousands of people will exercise for peace in The Hague,” said Councillor Saskia Bruines, who holds the Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Children and Education portfolios. “Thanks to the Peace Run, the international city of peace and justice will have a face – namely, the faces of the people living in the city. In The Hague, international institutions and organisations work hard every day to create a fairer world. The Peace Run demonstrates The Hague residents’ solidarity with these efforts.”
As in previous years, participants are free to choose one of four distances: 1.5 km, 2.5 km, 5 km or 10 km. The course passes several listed buildings, monuments and historical sites that are dedicated to freedom and peace. The course also passes by organisations that are open for the Hague International Open Day.
The Peace Run was first held in 2013. It was initiated and organised by Haag Atletiek (The Hague Athletics Club) and the Peace Palace, both of whom were celebrating their centenary at the time. Since the first edition was such a huge success, the organisations decided to make the run an annual event on or around the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The Hague Peace Run is part of the Just Peace Festival.
Once again the Hague Peace Run is dedicated to UNICEF this year. By taking part in the event and undertaking certain fund-raising activities, participants collect money for children on the run. Due to a lack of safe and legal escape and migration routes, children are increasingly undertaking perilous journeys. UNICEF ensures that these children have child-friendly spaces and refugee centres and that they receive both general and psychosocial care, thus allowing them to lead structured lives and become regular kids again.
Participants can initiate their own activities and get themselves sponsored by their friends and family.
Signing up for the Peace Run
The Hague Peace Run will take place on Sunday, 24 September. Runners can register for all distances starting from today. Be sure to sign up quickly, because this running event is very popular! Please register at http://www.vredesloopdenhaag.nl/lopers