The first Four Days Marches took place in 1909. Since then The International Four Days Marches 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, where they, depending on their age and sex, walk a total of 120, 160 or 200 kilometers towards the Via Gladiola. The Four Days Marches is the world’s biggest multi-day walking event, and it's seen as the prime example of sportsmanship and international bonding between military servicemen and women and civilians from many different countries. This also makes it a symbol of peace and freedom.