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102nd Four Days Marches 17-20 July 2018

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Welcome to the official website of the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen.

The Four Days Marches are a walking achievement event for four consecutive days, in which annually tens of thousands walkers are participating. On those days, people from all over the world come to Nijmegen to walk in and around the city and its beautiful wooded surroundings. Thousands of spectators are cheering on the walkers along the route every day. After four days of walking, a glorious entry along the Via Gladiola awaits the walkers, followed by the distribution of their well-deserved Four Days Medal.

The registration period for the 102nd Four Days Marches closed with 51,130 people registered. Since the registration limit of 47,000 had been exceeded, the available starting tickets were allocated by a draw by lot. The results of the draw can be viewed at My Four Days. All participants were informed personally by e-mail about the outcome.

Facts and figures

Statistics provide insight into all kinds of figures concerning the participants of the Four Days Marches. How many participants have started, what is the division between male and female participants, where do the walkers come from, what is the division of medals that have been given, et cetera.

Barometer 2017

During the Marches the Barometer can be found here. It shows the number of walkers that have dropped out or have finished every day.

Registrations 47,000
Registrations on 1 July 44,680
Registered on Sunday and Monday 42,036
Dropped out 1st Day 00,792
Finished 1st Day 41,244
Dropped out 2nd Day 01,525
Finished 2nd 39,719
Dropped out 3rd Day 01,002
Finished 3rd Day 38,717
Dropped out 4th Day 00,308
Finished Four Days Marches 38,409

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Do’s and don’ts

Stichting DE 4DAAGSE has several rules and regulations. These rules and regulations ensure that the registration and the participation of thousands of walkers in the Four Days Marches are well organised. We ask you to read all the regulations concerning you and – of course – also to follow them.

1. Rules and regulations (2018)
2. Restriction protocol (2018)
3. Regulations for civilian groups (2018)
4. Regulations for military participants (2018)
5. Regulations governing distances and rewards (2018)
6. Regulations governing start and sign-off (2018)
7. Anti-doping regulations (2018)
8. Privacy regulations (2018)
9. Regulations governing disqualification (2018)

Children under accompaniment

Parents/carers of children turning 12, 13, 14 or 15 in the year of the participation can accompany their child, even if that implies that the parents cannot walk the minimum distance required of them by the rules and regulations. You can add a companion to the registration of your child via My Four Days on our website. It is possible to do so from 3 April until 12 July 2018. The companion will not receive a reward. Information about companions: Regulations for companions for young individual participants (2018).

Dispensation

v4The Four Days Marches are a walking achievement event, in which the gravity of the achievement obliges the participant to prepare him- or herself sufficiently to the event by means of training. In certain cases people with disability, either physical or intellectual, can appeal to the dispensation regulation of the Four Days Marches in order for them to walk less kilometres a day than the regulation distance that applies to them states. These special circumstances are affiliated to the internationally established standards in sports for people with a disability. This regulation is, however, not applicable to participants who cannot walk their regulation distance due to medical circumstances (e.g. illness). Dispensation requests can be submitted in writing after your registration has been accepted and have to be received by Stichting DE 4DAAGSE by 15 June at the latest.

Participants in a wheelchair

Participants, who as a result of chronic loss of movement of the lower limbs are confined to a wheelchair, can request dispensation to be awarded the Four Days Medal. This dispensation will be granted only under certain circumstances, the most important being that the participant has to use a classic, non-motorised, non-sports, hand rim wheelchair (ADL) during the length of the Four Days Marches. Requests for dispensation can be submitted in writing after your registration for the Four Days Marches has been accepted and need to be received by Stichting DE 4DAAGSE by 15 June at the latest.

Which distance can I walk in 2018?

There are three different distances in the Four Days Marches: 30, 40 and 50km.

v5The tables below show the distance(s) you can participate in, based on your gender and year of birth. In the year of participation, the participant must turn at least 12 years old. The distance marked with an R is the minimum distance for which you must register and is determined on the basis of your age and gender. This minimum distance is called the regulation distance. It is not possible to walk a distance shorter than the regulation distance, but it is possible to choose a longer distance. The distances marked with an E are other distances for which you may register, but these distances are not compulsory for your age and gender. This is why we call these distances extended distances.

Please note: once the Four Days Marches has begun, you can no longer change the distance you will be walking. You must then walk the full distance you are registered for on each of the four days.

Men born in the years:

2003-2006 30km R 40km E 50km E
2000-2002 40km R 50km E
1969-1999 50km R*
1959-1968 40km R 50km E
1958 or earlier 30km R 40km E 50km E

* For military servicemen the regulation distance is 40km, providing they carry at least ten kilograms of marching kit.

Women born in the years:

2003-2006 30km R 40km E 50km E
1959-2002 40km R 50km E
1958 or earlier 30km R 40km E 50km E

Changing the distance

You can change the distance for which you are registered by logging on to My Four Days. You can change this free of charge until Thursday 12 July. After this date, changes to the distance can only be made on Sunday 15 or Monday 16 July at the Central Administration at the start and finish location, for a €15 fee.

Rewards

As with many other sporting events, the Four Day Marches also has a reward system. Everyone who completes the marches in accordance with the regulations will be eligible for a reward. Anyone who is participating for the first time will receive a Four Days Marches Cross. Either a number or another type of Four Days Marches Cross is awarded for each subsequent successful participation.

Digital participant registration

All participants (including group participants and those in military contingents) will be given a wristband upon signing in. This wristband with barcode is used to register participants electronically at the start and finish. Each participant must have his or her bar code scanned at the registration desk at the end of each day.

Start and finish area

Start and finish area the Wedren
The start and finish area ‘the Wedren’ is divided into three places: the Wedren, the opposite Vierdaagseplein and adjoining Julianapark. All individual participants on the 30, 40 and 50km-route start from the Wedren/Vierdaagseplein and will report to the finish at one of the registration desks (Julianapark) at the end of each marching day. Civilian groups line up at the starting gate for groups in the Julianapark. On Friday the sign-off for civilian groups is at sports park De Kluis, this is possible until 17.00 hrs. After signing off, everyone walks the Entry on the Via Gladiola to the Wedren.

Start and finish area Heumensoord
Military detachments and individual military participants starting from Heumensoord also sign off at Heumensoord. On Friday these military participants finish at Charlemagne, the sign off is until 16.30 hrs. Afterwards, everyone walks the Entry on the Via Gladiola to the Wedren.

Waiting at the start

The organisation is trying to spread the flow of walkers over the route in order to prevent congestion just after the start. Therefore the participants are not allowed to start all at once. Of course, when tens of thousands participants have to start within in a timeframe of a couple hours it is not unlikely that participants will hinder each other. So, just like travelling with public transport or when in the supermarket, we would like to ask you to show some consideration for each other, and that you do not cut in line and that you wait your turn. Kindly address each other regarding inappropriate behaviour and try to arrange matters justly.

Problems with your wristband?

Your wristband is indispensable during the Four Days Marches, as you need the bar code both at the start in the morning and at the finish in the afternoon. The scanners must be able to read the print on the wristband. If you are unsure of your wristband code’s legibility or if your wristband is broken, please go to the Central Administration (open from 3:30am-5pm) at the Wedren. After verification of your details, you will receive a new wristband. To avoid a lot of trouble, be sure to do so on time. Participants starting from Heumensoord who have problems with the wristband prior to the start, can report to one of the starting team members. They will give you a temporary replacement wristband. At the end of the day, report to the Central Administration at Heumensoord, where – after verification of you details – you will receive a new wristband.

Starting and signing-off times 2018

 

Distance    
Start indivuals   
Start groups       
Signing off               
50km
04.00-04.30
04.00-04.30
12.00-17.00**
40km
05.00-05.30
or 06.00-06.30
04.30-05.15
12.00-17.00**
30km
06.45-07.15
or 7.30-08.00
06.30-07.00
12.00-17.00**
40km MIL
04.30-06.30*
04.30-06.30*
12.00-17.00*

* On Friday this will be 03.30 – 05.30 hrs. Signing off on Friday 11.00 – 16.30 hrs (Charlemagne).
** On Friday until 18.00 hrs. This time is only for individual civilian participants with start location Wedren.

The 30km and 40km walkers will start in two separate groups. The partitioning of start slots is linked to the (random) allotment of a walker to a registration desk.

A good night’s rest

During the Four Days Marches, thousands of walkers stay in Nijmegen or its surrounding areas at campings, in hotels, with host families, or at one of the many other accommodations available. For walkers, this is convenient as they do not need to travel, but the main benefit is that walkers will also be able to visit Nijmegen and celebrate along in the Four Days Festivities.

Where can I spend the night?

Vierdaagsebed, part of the Tourist Information Office for the district of Nijmegen, offers many opportunities to spend the night. For instance, they offer the possibility to help find walkers of the Four Days Marches a hospitable accommodation with a host family in Nijmegen or its surrounding areas. Many families in Nijmegen make room in their houses in that particular week to receive and look after one or several walkers. And in the course of history, this has already led to many special friendships. For further information and online registration, please see www.vierdaagsebed.nl/en. Furthermore, there will also be Four Days Marches hotel package deal made available and you can also contact RBT KAN for information on campsites. This information can also be found at http://www.vierdaagsebed.nl/en. To establish personal contact please call 0031-(0)481-366280 or send an e-mail info@vierdaagsebed.nl.

Where do I apply if I want to be a host family?

Everyone who would like to accommodate walkers during the Four Days Marches can register as a host family at www.vierdaagsebed.nl/en. There are, however, a few conditions that ought to be fulfilled; walkers should be provided with a good bed and the use of a clean bathroom.

Next to a hospitable stay you may provide for your guests by:
• Bed and breakfast
• Full board (overnight stay with breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)

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