On May 21st HRH Crown Prince Frederik celebrated his fiftieth birthday by inviting Danes to take part in The Royal Run: five races through five Danish cities. In total, around 70,000 people ran with the Crown Prince all over Denmark making it the largest running event in the world since the Hong Kong Marathon in 2015 with 73.000. New York and Berlin runs “only” have 50,766 and 61,113 participating.
The Crown Prince ran five races in one day flying with helicopter between the 5 biggest cities in Denmark. He ran four one mile runs in Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg and Odense and one 10,000 meter run in Copenhagen.
The run started in Aalborg, where Crown Prince Frederik ran with the first almost 10,000 persons.
As active runner and athlete and former soldier in the Danish Navy Seals, Crown Prince Frederik got the idea to celebrate his birthday with a countrywide runs two years ago He is dedicated to promoting an active lifestyle and wants to make 10% of the population more active in sports by 2025. This is a goal that he also promotes through his IOC membership.
In Odense he meet his wife Her Royal Highness Princess Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, herself an active sports person. Mary ran 10 km in Odense.The Royal couple has four children.
The Crown Prince met Mary during the Sydney Olympics in 2008, where she was marketing coordinator.
The run ended in Copenhagen with a one mile run that became the world’s largest one mile run with 25,000 participating runners.
Crown Prince Frederik could feel the five runs in his legs.
In average, every sixth participant in the Royal Runs had never taken part in a running event before. Many joined to run with a Crownprince.
The Crown Prince is very popular and the birthday song was offered to him many times during the day.
77% of the Danish population find that The Crown Prince is ready to become King of Denmark.
The Danish Royal family is the oldest monarchy in the world.
Crown Prince Frederik turns 50 on May 26.