Roparun is an abbreviation of Rotterdam – Paris- RUN. The Roparun is the longest non-stop relay race in the world; the route covers approximately 520 kms. It is not only a unique running event, but it also has a unique goal:
“Aiming to add life to the days that remain, when no more days can be added to life”
When it began, in 1992, the race started on the Coolsingel in Rotterdam and finished in the airport area Le Bourget in the ‘city of lights’, Paris. Since 2004 the route has gone in the other direction, starting in Paris and finishing in Rotterdam. Since 2012 Roparun has also started from Hamburg, Germany.
Team 20 “Help Een Mens”is one of the 325 teams participating in 2020 (275 teams starting from Paris and 50 teams from Hamburg). For our team this will be the 13th time since we started in 2008.
Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for people with cancer. Not for research, but to aim extra quality to their lives. With the total amount, raised in 2019 of € 5.626.988 cancer patients and their families are able to enjoy a week’s holiday free of charge, donations to hospices, hospitals, nursing homes for equipment and facilities as special mattresses, beds, chairs, skin coolers and much more.
To cover the 520 kms from Paris to Rotterdam each one of the 8 runners has to run a distance of 1,5 marathon, non-stop, 2 days and 2 nights. And the cyclists, who assist the runners for guidance and safety, even bike between 200 and 240 kms.
And don’t forget our masseur, cooks and drivers, who also do a fantastic job! Without them, our team could not have achieved all these unforgettable Roparuns!