On the 24th of May the annual Batavierenrace will once again take place. The Bata is the largest relay race in the world, with nearly 10 000 yearly participants, all of which are students. The race starts in Nijmegen and from there each team will run 175 kilometers, divided over 25 courses, all the way to Enschede.
Together with our fellow biologists, we will once again participate as our own team: Bellis Perennis. Each participant will run a course, most of which are around 5 to 8 km. When signing up, you also choose a preferred distance based on how much you would like to run.
Because we will be using a small van to get everyone to their right starting point, we will also be needing 3 drivers. So, if you don’t like running but still want to participate, you can sign up as a driver.
When we arrive in Eschede the Batavieren Festival will be waiting for us. This is the largest student party in the Netherlands. Together with our team we will be staying on the University Campus, and go to the festival together to celebrate making it all the way to Enschede.
The most important aspect of the Bata is to have fun. You don’t need to be an olympic athlete to compete, and the running itself is only a small part of the Bata. Cheering each other on, the team spirit, and going to the festival together is what makes the Bata such a unique experience. So if you want to participate, you can sign up via the google form.
If you want to get more of an idea of what the Bata is like, you can also check the 2023 aftermovie.