20. Korrika in Reno

 Collection — Box: BSQAP0446
Identifier: BAQ087

Scope and Contents

BSQAP 0446


-The baton

-Two adult chest guards and a child's chest guard


  • 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site.

Biographical / Historical

Organized by AEK, Korrika is a race for the Basque language that winds its way through the Basque Country. Its objective is twofold: on the one hand, to promote awareness of the need to speak Basque and, on the other, to raise funds that will enable the AEK Basque language schools to continue their teaching work.

Since the first Korrika run in 1980, from Oñati to Bilbao, the event has become one of the most important initiatives in support of the Basque language, given the enormous number of people who participate in it. In the last 37 years, Korrika has been run 19 times. On March 30, 2017, a new run will begin, covering more than 2,000 km in 11 days, with hundreds of thousands of people of all ages participating.

As they run, the participants carry a baton, which they pass from hand to hand, kilometer upon kilometer. Inside the baton is a message, which will not be revealed until the very end of the run, when it will be read out.

Estimates put the number of runners at several hundreds of thousands in previous runs of Korrika. Such high numbers and the tremendous movement generated around the initiative reflect in its full magnitude the extent of Basque society’s commitment to the preservation of its language. Korrika has become an event that gets the whole Basque society up and moving every two years. Participation increases at every run, and thousands of people volunteer in its organization by joining the committees set up in the different villages and neighborhoods. Hundreds of cultural and fun activities are organized along the way.

In the spring of 2017, while the Korrika was happening in the Basque Country, the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies and the Jon Bilbao Basque Library of the University of Nevada, Reno held a small Korrika. Members of both institutions and friends got together and ran across Rancho San Rafael Park.

KORRIKA. Korrika is a race for the Basque language. [Online] http://www.korrika.eus/en/


0.5 Cubic Feet (one box)

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Banner, the baton, chest guards and a child's chest guard used for 20. Korrika in Reno.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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