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Queen’s Baton Relay Facts

Glasgow 2014 Infographic

EVER SINCE CARDIFF HELD THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN 1958, THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY HAS BEEN A MUCH-CELEBRATED OPENING TRADITION OF THE GAMES. THE QUEEN'S BATON CONTAINS HER MAJESTY'S 'MESSAGE TO THE ATHLETES' AND IS SYMBOLICALLY CARRIED FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE ACROSS THE COUNTRIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

THE RELAY WILL COVER 190,000KM. THAT’S THE EQUIVALENT OF GOING AROUND THE EARTH'S SURFACE ALMOST 4.25 TIMES.

VARIOUS MODES OF TRANSPORT WILL BE USED TO COVER THAT DISTANCE:

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL FROM CORGIS TO ORANGUTANS WILL BE WATCHING THE BATONBEARERS PASS THROUGH THE 71 NATIONS & TERRITORIES

FROM CANADA, THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST COUNTRY, TO NAURU IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, THE WORLD'S SMALLEST REPUBLIC – THE BATON WILL COVER A DIVERSE RANGE OF COUNTRIES AND CLIMATES.

  • CANADA = 9,984,670 KM2
  • NAURU = 21 KM2
  • AT 202,100KM CANADA ALSO HAS THE LONGEST COASTLINE OF ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

IF MO FARAH RAN THE RELAY AT THE SAME PACE HE RAN HIS GOLD-MEDAL-WINNING 5,000M 13:41.66, IT WOULD TAKE HIM APPROXIMATELY 317 DAYS. SORRY MO, WE CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG, WE'VE ONLY GOT 248 DAYS!

2 BILLION PEOPLE 30%OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION LIVES IN THE COMMONWEALTH

ever since cardiff held the commonwealth games in 1958,the queen’s baton relay has been a much-celebrated opening tradition of the games. the queen's baton contains her majesty's 'message to the athletes' and is symbolically carried from buckingham palace across the countries of the commonwealth.

the relay will cover 190,000km. that’s the equivalent of going around the earth's surface almost 4.25 times.

various modes of transport will be used to cover that distance:

all creatures great and small from corgis to orangutans will be watching the batonbearers pass through the 71 nations & territories

from canada, the world's second largest country, to nauru in the pacific ocean, the world's smallest republic – the baton will cover a diverse range of countries and climates.

  • canada = 9,984,670 km2
  • nauru = 21 km2
  • at 202,100km canada also has the longest coastline of any country in the world

if mo farah ran the relay at the same pace he ran his gold-medal-winning 5,000m 13:41.66, it would take him approximately 317 days. sorry mo, we can't wait that long, we've only got 248 days!

2 billion people 30%of the world’s population lives in the commonwealth

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