Romy Fernandez
During the early morning, (exactly at 4 am half hour earlier than usual because of the heat load) of Tuesday, July 19, took place the pistol shot for the start of the Vierdaagse in her 100th edition. Around 45.000 walkers started from the Wedren the 'Four Days Marches', which represents an event with a lot of history since the first Four Days Marches took place in 1909. More than 42,000 participants, (that include Armed Forces from other countries, like Canadian, England, German, France, Spain, etc.) walk for four days in Nijmegen and its surroundings, where they, depending on their age and sex, walk a total of 120, 160 or 200 kilometers towards the Via Gladiola.
Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 19th July, 2016. Since it is the world’s biggest multi-day walking event, the Four Days Marches is seen as the prime example of sportsmanship and international bonding between military servicemen and women and civilians from many different countries. Today, the first participants in the 100th started The Four Marches in Nijmegen. During a really warm day, the walkers started at the Wadren at 4am, crossed the Waalbrug (the legendary bridge of Nijmegen) and they passed for Elst (the city of the day). © Romy Arroyo Fernandez/Alamy Live News.
'Fighting' the high temperatures.
Walking during the extra 5km on the 50 km route.
Climbing the "Zevenheulvelenweg" hills
Crossing the Pontoon bridge, created for this event over the Maas river.
After completing the Four Days Marches, a participant will often accept the medal without realising it is a royal honour that can be worn on the uniform of Dutch soldiers. The Four Days Marches Cross is therefore an officially recognised Dutch honour.