Romy Fernandez
The International Four Days Marches, called "Vierdaagse" in Nijmegen have grown into the largest multi-day walking event in the world, 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. Depending on their age and sex, they walk a total of 120, 160 or 200 kilometers towards the Via Gladiola. This year, was the 102nd edition and the official amount of walkers registered was 47.431.v
At the Wedren in Nijmegen, where the day before all the walkers have gone to pick their wristband with the number of registration, at the start of the walk.
The first day and the city of this day, Elst, where each year celebrate the Vierdaagse wearing blue clothes.
Ending at the Wedren during a very hot first day.
The second day is also known as Pink Wednesday. During this day, Pink on Wednesday many of the participants dress in pink to show their support to the LGBTI community.
The city during the second day is Wijchen.
Participants resting after the second day of the walk.
The third day is the day of the city of Groesbeek.
The third day is probably the most hard, this route is known because of his seven hills, which they are always a challenge for the walkers.
Some of the neighborhoods decorate their homes to celebrate the arrival of the walkers.
The last day is the day of the city of Cuijk.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the pontoon bridge that has been set up each year temporarily over the River Meuse at Cuijk.
The final kilometers are at the Via Gladiola street, where as tradition everybody carry gladiolus and are welcome by the relatives and partners.