Hitchball 4000 is the biggest hitchhiking race in Northern Europe. It’s a weekend-long adventure during which teams of two people hitchhike away from Helsinki and back. Its goal is to promote hitchhiking as a legitimate means of transportation and to spread values such as trust, sustainability and open-mindedness, as well as to demonstrate the safety of the Northern European societies.
The fifth edition of the race will take place in 2017 between June 2nd and 4th. To celebrate the 100th birthday of Finland, the concept of the race has been completely renewed. Inspired by the Finnish board game classic “Star of Africa”, the competitors will race to visit important historical and cultural places in Finland and in nearby countries. Each team is equipped with a GPS tracker, which enables their progress to be followed in real-time on this website. Their pictures and updates from the road are also published on this very website. This year Hitchball 4000 is also part of the official program of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence!
So find yourself a team mate to build a lasting bond with and take a leap of faith to the next level. The winning team will get to decorate their home with the Hitchball 4000 Cup – to which the name of the team will be engraved – for one year. In addition to the prize for the actual race, with separate criteria, one team will be awarded with the Spirit of Hitchball award.
Hitchball 4000 was organized for the first time in Spring 2013 and it has grown steadily to reach over 100 participants in the Summer 2016. Feedback from the participants has been overwhelming, many calling it one of the greatest and most eye-opening experiences of their lives. The fourth edition of Hitchball 4000 was held on the 10h to 12th of June 2016 and saw the victory of team Tuhotiimi as well as crazy performances such as reaching Ivalo; Nordkjosbotn, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden or Warsaw, Poland – and returning in time!
Brace yourself for the road trip of the century!