Today the the 100th Four Days Marches Nijmegen will end. This is the largest multiple day marching event in the world. This year 50.000 people registered for the march but some 2,000 failed to show up. On the 3rd Day of the Vierdaagse 914 participants fell out, mainly because of the heat. This year’s Four Days Marches Nijmegen still counts most participants ever.
The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen
The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen (Dutch: Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen Nijmegen) is the largest multiple day marching event in the world. It is organised every year in Nijmegen, Netherlands in mid-July as a means of promoting sport and exercise. Participants walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers daily depending on their age and gender, and, on completion, receive a royally approved medal (Vierdaagsekruis). The participants are mostly civilians, but there are also a few thousand military participants. This year, 5,000 soldiers from 29 different countries are among the participants.
- 30 km x 4 days
- 40 km x 4 days
- 50 km x 4 days
- 40 km x 4 days – Wearing uniform + at least 10 kg marching weight for males aged 18–49 (+ water, etc.), for females the weight is optional.
The International Four Days Marches Nijmegen so far
This year, walkers are being urged to be sensible in the heat, which was set to top 30 degrees on Tuesday and be even hotter on Wednesday. On the second and third walking day the organisation decided to start thirty minutes earlier for the 30 km, 40km and 40 km military and advised walkers to do as many kilometres as possible in the coolness of the morning. The 50/55km started at the scheduled time. The organisation of the Four days marches provided the walkers with water at several places.
In total 42.996 walkers set off on the final day’s stretch in the early hours of Friday morning.
Today in the Nijmegen area it will be cloudy and partly rainy, with a small chance for a thunderstorm.
This year’s Four Days Marches Nijmegen counts most participants ever.
[Source: de Gelderlander]