The 17th edition of No Finish Line started Saturday, November 12, at 2pm in front of the Châpiteau Fontvieille, with some 14,000 runners, walkers and movers and shakers expected to tackle the new 1370-metre circuit, open 24 hours over the next eight days.
The concept is simple: to do as many circuits as you want and for each kilometre a participant completes, donors and sponsors will donate €1 to Children & Future, an association that supports projects in favour of disadvantaged or sick children.
Under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, the race is open to individuals or teams (Barclays Monaco has a team of 250 staff), both licensed and non-licensed and a Trophy 24h will be awarded to the most kilometres accumulated between 9 am November 19 and 9 am November 20. Since Philippe Verdier started the first NFL in 1999, 69,000 people have taken part.
For security reasons, the circuit will only be accessible at three points, with mandatory checks for people and bags. Those violating the access areas, for example, jumping a fence, could be penalised, and jeopardise the event’s compliance with the Monegasque authorities, who are particular about security measure for the success of the NFL and its renewal in 2017.
Since 1999, 82,788 people have participated in NFL covering a combined distance of 2,244, 262 km while raising €2,404,787 in donations for Children & Future projects.
Last week, in a gesture of solidarity leading up to NFL, the Oceanographic Museum initiated No Finish Lights,from Saturday, November 5 to Monday, November 7, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Organised with the support of the government as part of the Mission for the Energy Transition, thirty bikes were installed in the square and people were invited to pedal to generate green energy that will light the museum’s façade.
A free event, participants included Prince Albert and members of the Monaco fire department. Watch videos on the museum’s facebook page.
Article first published November 2, 2016.