The Roparun is a non-stop relay race from Paris to Rotterdam. It's not only a unique running event but it also has a unique goal: raising money for people with cancer. The motto of the Roparun is:
"Aiming to add life to the days that remain, when no more days can be added to life"
Total amount raised in 2010: 4.623.730 Euros.
In 1992, the RO(tterdam) PA(ris) RUN was born. And it came about as the result of a bet! In that first year, 13 teams took part and together they managed to raise 100,000 Dutch Guilders (45,000 Euros). The organisation of the event was in the hands of a small group of volunteers. In fact, the intention was for a one-off event, but that was not to be the case.
The first time was such a success that a follow up was inevitable. For the first four years the event remained relatively small, and was organised on a purely voluntary basis. However, as the event grew, there was a need for an office with paid staff - even though everything had to be done low budget. There are currently 250 volunteers working for the Roparun Foundation, with an additional permanent group of 50 volunteers, who are constantly busy dedicating time and energy to the planning and organisation of this event.
Tasks undertaken by the volunteers include:
planning and organisation of the run
- maintenance and furnishing of bungalows
- organisation of monthly team meetings for participants
- information and motivation of teams for fund raising activities
- public relations and provision of information
- recruitment of sponsors for the organisation itself
Roparun is an abbreviation of Rotterdam - Paris- RUN. The Roparun is the longest non-stop relay race in the world; the route covers approximately 530 km. 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.
The Roparun 2011 starts 11 and 12 June in Paris with the Finish 13 June in Rotterdam
The Roparun will continue to start in Paris and finish in Rotterdam. The official timing also takes place on the Coolsingel, after which the entire team can enjoy a warm welcome in Rotterdam. During the closing ceremony (approximately 3 weeks after the Run), the total amount raised will be announced, and the 3 teams with the highest amount collected will be honoured.