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The Four Days Marches Nijmegen 2024

The greatest walking event in the world attracts crowds of 40,000 people to Nijmegen

Dates: July 16-19, 2024

The Four Days Marches Nijmegen
The Four Days Marches Nijmegen

The International Four Day Marches is the annual event promoting sport and exercise, which takes place in mid-July in Nijmegen, the largest city in the Dutch province of Gelderland.

Known also as the Walk of the World, the popular event originated in 1909. The walk lasts four days, and the participants have to cover 30, 40, and 50 kilometers ​(18, 24, and 31 miles) each day. A few thousand of these people are also military and walk with their backpacks weighing 10 kg (22 lb) 40 kilometers daily. When walkers approach the finish line, the public awards them with gladioli flowers, a symbol of victory in Roman times. People usually reserve spaces alongside the finish line, called Via Gladiola, long in advance putting chairs and even couches.

The major aim of the walk is to promote a healthy lifestyle. However, if you are not that much into sports, there is also a festival in Nijmegen offering a mixture of good music and superb food!

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin