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Crown Prince Family of Denmark participate in the Royal Run

DoD photo by EJ Hersom

The Crown Prince Family of Denmark raced around the country on Monday for this year’s edition of the Royal Run.

This year, there were Royal Runs in Aalborg, Aarhus, Kolding, Næstved and Copenhagen/Frederiksberg. Before the day’s races began, Crown Prince Frederik shared a selfie on the Danish Royal House’s Instagram and captioned it: “It’s a very special day we’re kicked off. For today, we are over 90,000 who drop to sleep long on this holiday and instead participate in the fourth edition of the Royal Run.

“For my part, I have to run in Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen / Frederiksberg. Maybe the day offers a surprise or two 😉

On Monday, it was announced that there were a record-breaking number of participants this year, with 92,000 signed up to run. Among them were the Crown Prince Family.

Crown Prince Frederik ran in Aalborg (one mile) and Aarhus (five kilometres); Crown Princess Mary ran in Kolding (one mile) and Næstved (five kilometres); the surprises of the day came when the four royal children all raced.

All four first ran in Copenhagen’s one-mile run; then, later, Prince Christian and Princess Josephine ran the five-kilometre distance run. Prince Christian ran the Royal Run wearing a Go-Pro camera, uploading the results—including when he turned back to run alongside Prince Vincent—to the Danish Royal House’s Instagram.

Later, Crown Prince Frederik ran the 10-kilometre run in Copenhagen/Frederiksborg, running alongside Prince Christian and Prince Vincent.

Prince Christian would later beat his father’s time, with his father stating: “I had expected to be able to take him on the last three kilometres.”

Of Prince Vincent’s run, Crown Prince Frederik said, “It’s great that he has the courage to do so. It gives some confidence and a basic understanding that one can move and accomplish more than one might just think. On the whole, it’s great that so many are throwing themselves into this. And if you did not manage to sign up for this year, you have to press the keys and sign up for next year.”

Crown Princess Mary shared a selfie on the way to Kolding, writing: “I’m sitting in the car on the way to Kolding, and it is pouring down 🌧

“But luckily you can run in all kinds of weather, so a little rain does not change my enthusiasm for the Royal Run. And especially I look forward to running with a group of kids from the Christmas brand homes. Royal Run is about being part of and challenging yourself – in all kinds of weather.”

Crown Prince Frederik launched the Royal Run in 2018 in conjunction with his 50th birthday.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.