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Herniated disc to prevent Crown Prince Frederik from taking part in 10k Royal Run

Crown Prince Frederik has a herniated disc in his back and will be unable to take part in the 10 kilometre Royal Run.

The injury is minor and on the left side, but the Crown Prince risks causing more damage to his back if he takes part in the full 10 kilometres. Therefore, he will only run the one-mile run in Aarhus dubbed “One mile – Family”. 

Crown Prince Frederik will be present for the runs in the Faroe Islands and Copenhagen.

The Royal House said in a statement, “HRH The Crown Prince has found a minor disc herniation, this time on the left. Even though this is minor damage, the Crown Prince runs the risk of worsening the condition if he runs at 10km distances in this year’s Royal Run.”

When the Royal Run 2019 was launched earlier this year, His Royal Highness said, “I look forward, together with the rest of Denmark, to spending a day characterised by motion. It is my hope that many will again have the desire to challenge themselves and exercise in some beautiful settings all around the country. Last year was a fantastic day. It will make me happy to see a whole lot of returning runners this year – but also new ones who have gotten a taste for it.”

Crown Princess Mary will also take part and run 5 km in Aalborg.

The Royal Run in Denmark was set up last year as a celebration of Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th birthday. It saw much success with over 70,000 Danes who took part last year in Denmark’s five largest cities.

The Royal House explained earlier this year about the run, “Royal Run is not a classic exercise run that prioritises the finishing time. It is possible both to run and to walk all of the distances, and there are special miles for families that want to take the baby carriage along out on the route. Just like last year.”

The Royal Run 2019 takes place on 1 June in the Faroe Islands before taking place on 10 June in mainland Denmark.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.