Athletic IVK team performance

A team of students and lecturers of the Applied Safety & Security Studies (IVK) gathered at the start line of the Palaces relay run in Apeldoorn on 1 October. This is a major sports events of the Royal and Diplomatic Security Service (DKDB), in which 30 teams participated. ‘We gave an incredible performance,’ according to lecturer Renate Hoogduin.

Athletic IVK team performance The 11 IVK participants had an early start that day. The mayor of Apeldoorn fired the starting pistol in the palace garden of Het Loo Palace at 9.30 a.m. The participants included various police units, Europol, FIOD, the National Department of Criminal Investigation, the Dutch Safety Board and the Royal Marechaussee. Hoogduin: ‘The atmosphere was great. Everyone cheered for each other. We made some good contacts for future projects and internships.’ 

Motivating music

The 70 km run from the Het Loo Palace to Soestdijk Palace went across the Veluwe through the beautiful Kroondomein Het Loo. ‘Our team had the youngest participants. Many of the teams mentioned this to us during the breaks and exchanges. The lively motivating music of the support vehicles kept us going to the finish line.’

Successful event

IVK did not win the race. That honour was reserved for the team of the Ministry of the Interior. The awards ceremony was followed by a fun happy hour. A stop for pizza on the way back was the perfect way to end the day. ‘We can look back on a successful event. Next year we will be back at the start of this excellent relay, fit and ready to run.’