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Jul 19

Four Days Marches (Nijmegen)

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Vierdaagsekruis
Gladiolas and the Vierdaagsekruis award
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"Walk of the World" ~ Four Day Marches slogan

The Four Days Marches is the largest multiple day marching event in the world organised every year since 1909 in Nijmegen, Netherlands in mid-July as a means of promoting sport and exercise. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world come to Nijmegen to walk in and around the city and its beautiful wooded surroundings. Thousands of spectators cheer on the walkers along the route every day. After four days of walking, a glorious entry along the Via Gladiola awaits the walkers, followed by the distribution of their well-deserved Four Days Medal. 👟🚶‍♂️👟🚶‍♀️

This tartan commemorates the annual Four Days Marches that takes place in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen Nijmegen is the largest multiple day marching event in the world. It is organised every year in NijmegenNetherlands 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 annual walk that has taken place since 1909 with each day of the march named after the biggest town it goes through. Tuesday is the day of Elst, Wednesday the day of Wijchen, Thursday the day of Groesbeek and Friday the day of Cuijk.  On Friday, as participants near the finish, the public awards the walkers with gladioli, a symbol of force and victory since Roman times, when gladiators were likewise showered with these flowers.

 

The tartan colours were selected to represent the event: gold and green for the ribbon of the Nijmegen-Marches Medal and red, white and blue for the Netherlands national flag; green and blue for the landscape and sky.

For more on this year's march, click the walking shoes and royal medal.