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Nijmegen and the Vierdaagse, (Four Day Marches), officially the International Four Day Marches Nijmegen, belong together. The largest multiple day marching event starts every year on the third Tuesday of July. Participants must walk four days on end regulatory required distances: 30, 40 or 50 kilometres. There is a different route for every day, always in the vicinity of Nijmegen. The walk always begins and ends in Nijmegen. The first day takes the route through the Betuwe and Elst, the second through Wijchen, the third over the Zevenheuvelenweg (Seven Hills Road) through Groesbeek and the last day through Cuijk. On this last day the walkers are invariably treated at gladioli by an huge crowd of spectators, on a famous street in Nijmegen: the Sint Annastraat (the ‘via gladiola’). Every walker who successfully completes the Vierdaagse, receives a Vierdaagsekruis (a Cross for the Four Day Marches). Groups and individual walkers from all over the world take part. There are always large groups of soldiers participating. Along the walking routes a total over around 800,000 people are watching each year. In the week that the marches take place the centre of Nijmegen is one big party. Every year this attracts around a million and a half people. Artists perform on dozens of stages in the town.



The Four Day Marches are organised by the Stichting Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen Nijmegen (Four Day Marches Nijmegen Foundation), supported by KNBLO-NL Dutch Walking Sports Organisation. The community of Four Day Marches participants yearly consists of 46,000 walkers from over 75 countries. The Council of Nijmegen and the surrounding municipalities, the ministry of Defence, the Dutch Redd Cross, the Dutch Society for Sports Massage, the Regional Bureau for Tourism Arnhem-Nijmegen and emergency services are closely involved in the organisation of the Four Day Marches. The accompanying festivities are organised by Four Days Marches Festivities Nijmegen Foundation  and committees in passing-through municipalities.



The first edition of the Four Day Marches was organised in 1909. At the time there were various starting places in the country. As of 1925 the Four Days Marches have had Nijmegen as a fixed starting point. The marches were initially driven by the Dutch Union for Physical Education. Certainly in the beginning it was a mainly military event. 1928, the year of the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, was the first year that foreigners took part. In that year the Four Day Marches were opened with a flag parade for the first time. In 2011 the last parade was held. In 1932 a Four Days Marches March was composed, that is still being performed. In 2002 the Four Day Marches Nijmegen Foundation was established. The number of participants has increased tremendously over the years. In 1909 there were 306 walkers, in 1939 ten times as many: 3735. The number of registrations kept skyrocketing. IN 1998 the millionth participant was welcomed. In 2006 the marches were cancelled after the first day, because of the extremely hot weather. At the 97th edition in 2013 there were 46,000 walkers, being the maximum allowed number. By the end of the sixties of the last century a groups of entrepreneurs in Nijmegen took the initiative for the set-up of Four Day Marches festivities during the event.



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