An idea that gave birth to a successful charity competition!
It was back in 1999 when the visionary Junior Economic Chamber of Monaco, created the first No Finish Line, to celebrate and promote the 1st Monegasque Day of the Rights of the Child. Now 20 years later it has become a successful charity competition.The first edition had gathered 750 participants who had traveled 9000 km, increasing last year, to more than 15,600 people and over 432,670 km. (Photo below: Prince Albert and the NFL team in 1999 @NFL)
Since the launch of this extraordinary adventure, 126,045 runners and walkers have made it possible to donate €3,666,941 to Children & Future to accomplish projects for children in need. Furthermore, the NFL has been exported to other countries such as Greece and Norway, with other countries willing to participate in the future.
20th anniversary edition
For this anniversary edition new records are expected! To blow the 20 candles the organizers present a new sporting challenge.
The principle of the NFL is to run or walk on a marked circuit of 1370 m in the district of Fontvieille, 24h/24h from November 16-24, 2019. Registration is unique for the duration of the race at €12 for adults, and €6 for under 10 years old, individual chip deposit of €10.
For its 20th edition, this solidarity race, open to all, sets a new ambitious challenge: to cover 450,000 km and to welcome 16,000 participants. Helping children attracts hordes of runners and walkers willing to surpass their limits.
NEW: The 20-years-challenge
On Wednesday, November 20, at 20:00 will be the start of the 20-years-challenge that will reward the 20 best riders of the team who will have traveled the most kilometers for 20 successive hours.
The usual program
The 24-hours non-stop — This official event listed in the calendar of the out-of-stage races of the French Athletics Federation will take place from Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 to Sunday, November 24, at 9:00. It is limited to 100 participants.
The 8-days — The No Finish Line offers 50 ultra-runners the chance to run for 9 days and 8 nights from November 16 to14. In 2018, the male winner traveled 900 km and the female winner 843 km. But the absolute men’s individual record of the No Finish Line since its inception is 1041 km (in 2012) and women’s individual record is 924 km, remaining to be beaten!
Plenty of surprises!
This 20th edition is under the patronage of Prince Albert, who firmly believed in the NFL since the first edition, and has always been one of its most faithful supporters, coming every year to run on the circuit, for the kick-off or join in the last lap.
An anonymous Red Cross Monaco philanthropist, will donate to Children & Future €1/km traveled by all young people under 20 years old, on the circuit from November 16-24. A generous gesture that will contribute to seriously increase the amount collected during this race.
A new partner, the Casino Group, represented by the Casino supermarket in the Port of Monaco, is making a significant commitment to the NFL by offering all the necessary supplies to participants 24 hours a day during the 8 days. On average people consume 1.4 tons of oranges and as many bananas, 4,000 packets of gingerbread and biscuits and 12,000 cereal bars.
To thank the many participants who have perpetuated the No Finish Line for their sports efforts, Children & Future will organize this 20th edition with a bang!
There will be non-stop festivities, with the Prince’s Carabineers Orchestra in charge of the ceremonial kick-off on November 16, at 14:00 plus a few surprise guests; a birthday party with party favors and a giant birthday cake under the Chapiteau de Fontvieille, a Karaoke evening, running-dating evening, the arrival of the new team Roca Team, and musical animations with furious rhythms every day!
Registration is unique for the duration of the race at €12 for adults, and €6 for under 10 years old, individual chip deposit of €10.
“We only have what we give.” Isabel Allende