The Four Days March

Dec 8, 2010 11:07:16 AM / by Mango Languages

If you’re any sort of walking or travel enthusiast, this event is for you. Every year, beginning in the oldest city in the Netherlands–Nijmegen– the largest annual walk in the world is held.

The march, which began as a military event with some civilians included, now attracts over 40,000 walkers, only about 5,000 of which are military. These marchers are committed to walking either 30, 40, or 50 kilometers a day for 4 days, depending on their age and health. That’s about 5 marathons worth.

At the end of it all, all the marchers who complete the task are rewarded with an official Dutch decoration which can be worn on a military uniform. It is fully named the “Cross for Demonstrated Marching Skill,” and different medals are awarded signifying multiple completions of the walk.

At least year’s walk, over 60 nations were represented, and the surrounding festivities attracted over 1 million people. Participants are able to meet people from all over the world while walking, and you can experience local towns, coffeehouses, restaurants, and historic buildings. How cool!

Have you ever participated in any international events like this? Tell us about it!

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