Medals, prizes and the Cross
The Eleven cities Cross
Each participant who has completed the race or tour within the time limits and collected all the stamps, receives the much coveted Eleven cities Cross.
The cross designed in 1909 consists of a medal in the shape of a Maltese cross with a circle at the centre. This circle contains the enamelled Frisian coat of arms and the words De Friesche Elf Steden.
In 2009 the association obtained the designation “Royal” which meant that the cross had to be adapted to include the royal crown. This royal cross won’t be awarded until the next tour.
The cross, the logo the flag and the name Koninklijke Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden are legally protected and may not be used or exploited by third parties without the agreement of the association.
Next to the cross the first eleven men and the first five women to cross the finish line will be awarded a medal. The number of prizes for women is smaller because the total number of women participating in the race is also lower than the total number of men.
The winner in the men’s competition also receives the Pim Mulier floating trophy: a big silver plate. The winner in the women’s competition is awarded two (floating) prizes: a silver goblet and a silver trophy. Both winners also get a laurel wreath/garland.
The names of the winners will be engraved in the statue ‘De Elstedenrijder’ in front of the ice skating rink in Leeuwarden.
The awards ceremony takes place in Leeuwarden in the afternoon of the day of the tour.
The medals and floating prizes for the winners of the coming eleven cities tour are on display in De Fryske Winter museum. This museum is part of the Fries Scheepvaartmuseum in Sneek (Frisian Nautical Museum).
* Competitors in the race are only entitled to the eleven cities cross if they stay within a 20% time limit of the winner’s time. Non-competitive skaters must arrive in Leeuwarden before 00.00 hrs.