Below are the most frequent questions about Run for your life.
Are you a local organizer? Here's a Q&A for you.
When will the relay race pass my city?
Here is a preliminary list of all cities the relay race will pass, with preliminary times and dates.
How does the relay race work?
Each person that contributes with his/her story will run about 4.2 km, then that person will pass the baton to another runner with a new climate story. In total about 1,000 people will run and the baton will pass through 1,000 hands. Preferably each runner will run close to where they live, work or have a personal connection to.
How did the project start?
The idea of organizing a political and artistic relay race based on climate change came from Haroon Nathan, a climate refugee from Afghanistan who every day is fighting for democracy and human rights.
Along with performing arts collective Troja Scenkonst Haroon presented a pilot version of the project in Gothenburg. The project was supported by Kultur i Väst and was part of the exhibition Motbilder by the Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art. Riksteatern noticed the project and decided to take on the project to allow a full scale realization.
Do you still need more runners?
Yes! Please register and help us spread the word to others. Use this application form.
What are the political ambitions of the project?
Run for your life is entirely an artistic project, but all the participants and collaborators have to agree on a few basic principles. Read the core values document here.
What is required of me to participate in the relay race?
To participate as a runner in the relay you need to contribute with your personal perspective on the climate issue. You need to answer the question: Why are you running for your life? You do this by writing down your personal story and your thoughts in the registration form. Use this application form.
Does one run alone or with others?
One person at a time can hold the baton, but it would be great if a group of people ran together! We encourage as many people as possible to join!
How can I get involved in Run for your life?
- Participate as a runner and give us your personal perspective on climate change
- Organise an event in connection with the relay race
- Be a story detective, help us find powerful stories about the climate locally and regionally
- Contribute to editorial work on climate stories and contact with the narrators.
- Be an ambassador by communicating/marketing through word-of-mouth and social media
- Be a volunteer locally during the event
- Be a driver that can drive the support vehicle
- Be a driver with a car that can transport runners to the baton handover sites
- Be an extra runner in the support vehicle, in case of any shortfall in the schedule
What happens when I apply to run?
You will receive a confirmation that we received your application. Everyone's story and perspective is interesting, but we only have a limited amount of relay race legs. Because of that we will prioritize so that the total spectrum of voices gets as wide as possible. The selection process will be done during October.
If your text gets selected to participate in the relay race You will be notified no later than October 15th.
Even if your story does not become one of the 1,000 chosen texts, we encourage you to join and run a leg next to the baton carrier.
What happens when I register for organizing a local event?
After submitting your registration, you will be contacted by us. If you wish to get in contact with other locally engaged people we will put you in contact with them so that you can sync the local program.
Once your event is approved it will be published in Run for your life's official program, which will gradually be released during the fall.
How will the timetable be kept during the relay race?
Each person will receive an exact time and place to appear on. From there on the support vehicle will guide you and regulate the speed.
How does the logistics for the relay race work?
We assume that each runner will take care of getting to and from their start and stop places. There will be space for runners to ride in the support vehicle if necessary. However, it is convenient if there are local volunteers who can help with the logistics, particularly by offering runners a ride when necessary.