What is the route? Where is R4T going?
We conducted research on three different options for the R4T route and distances travelled. We selected our final route based on the following reasons:
- Beginning and ending in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Reaching a significantly large population.
- Running in at least 30 different countries.
- Logistics of running in remote locations.
- Locations of the charities.
- Geographical limitations (e.g., mountainous terrain).
- Access in and out of countries.
- Safety of, and risks to, the runners (especially dangerous areas where there is political unrest, wars, terrorist activity).
In total, running the route will take approximately 200 days.
Our research shows that we will be running in and out of dozens of major centers around the world, representing a total population of approximately 360 million. There will also be millions of people along the routes between these major centers as well.
Here is the list of countries in which we will be running (along with the major cities we'll be passing through):
Canada - Initial legs - Mid September: Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor, October: Vancouver, Victoria
United States - Initial legs - Mid September to mid October: Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle
New Zealand - Mid to late October: Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin
Australia - Early November: Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane
Japan - Mid November: Tokyo, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu
South Korea - Late November: Busan, Seoul
China - Early December: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanning
Hong Kong - Early December:
Vietnam - Mid December: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh
Cambodia - Mid December: Phnom Penh
Thailand - Mid to late December: Bangkok
India - Late December - early January, 2014: Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Jaipur, Delhi
South Africa - Early January 2014: Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria
Tanzania - Mid January: Dar Es Salaam
Kenya - Mid January: Mombasa, Nairobi
Uganda - Mid January: Kampala
Rwanda - Mid January: Kigali
Greece - Mid January: Athens, Marathon, Patras
Italy - Mid to late January: Bari, Naples, Rome, Florence, Genoa
France - Late January and early February: Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Bourges, Orleans, Paris, Lille
Spain - Late January: Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Valladolid, Bilbao
Belgium - Mid February: Brussels, Antwerp
Netherlands - Mid February: Rotterdam, Amsterdam
Germany - February and early March: Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg
Austria - Late February: Salzburg, Linz, Vienna
Slovakia - Late February: Bratislava
Czech Republic - Late February: Brno, Prague
Sweden - Early March: Malmo, Stockholm
Norway - Early March: Oslo, Bergen
Denmark - Early March: Odense, Copenhagen
Scotland - Mid March: Edinburgh, Glasgow
England - Mid March: Newcastle, Carlisle, Ambleside, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Bristol
Wales - Mid March: Newport, Cardiff, Pembroke Dock
Ireland - Mid to late March: Roselare, Dublin
Northern Ireland - Mid to late March: Belfast
United States - Final legs - Late March: New York, Boston
Canada - Final legs - Late March: Montreal, Ottawa. Celebration time.