One of the many questions we get asked is “What is the difference between walking as an individual and a Team?”
I think if you talk to anyone who has participated in the event before they will all have their own personal preference. So without being biased between either option we have hopefully covered the two options below so that you can decide yourself.
In the Four Day Marches one of three different distances, 30, 40 or 50 km, is to be walked every day. The following classification is made according to age and gender.
Upon choosing the category, the corresponding distance will be binding for every walking day, i.e. it is not allowed to increase or reduce the distance corresponding to the chosen category for one or even several days.
R = Regulation distance
This is the minimum distance that must be competed successfully on each day of the four days. The minimum distance depends on age and gender.
E = Extended distance
This is the regulation distance, plus an (optional) distance of 10 or 20 km, on each of the four days. The reward is the same as for the regulation distance.
The distance that a participant must walk in order to qualify for the Four Day Marches Medal depends on their gender and the year they were born.
Article 1 Duty to check in
All individual participants must check in at the registration desk on the check-in days prior to the start of the event in person so that, for organisational purposes, they can be given a carrier with a personal bar code which is to be worn at all times during the event, and cannot be transferred to any other participant.
Only participants who are able to present their affixed bar code carriers will be permitted to start the marches. If the bar code carrier has been damaged or removed, either intentionally or through negligence, the participant in question will not be permitted to start or sign off.
All individual participants start and sign off at the Start and Finish point (De Wedren / Julianaplein). Participants must have their bar code carrier scanned in person for the start to be considered valid.
Participants must have their bar code carrier scanned in person at the appropriate registration desk in order for the sign-off to be considered valid.
The starting and sign-off times for individual participants are:
04.00 – 04.45 hrs (50 km) 12.00 – 17.00 hrs
05.15 – 06.00 hrs
06.15 – 07.00 hrs (40 km) 12.00 – 17.00 hrs
07.30 – 08.00 hrs (30 km) 12.00 – 17.00 hrs
Your responsibility is to your team members.
At the start of the event a group will comprise at least eleven participants registered by name. All members of the group will walk the same distance as a group throughout the entire Four Days Marches event and be recognisably dressed as a group. This could result in some participants walking the extended distance instead of the regulation distance.
Civilian groups are not allowed to walk 40 kilometres with full kit. This is only for military contingents of the Dutch armed forces or foreign armed forces.
Each group must specify a contact person upon registration. He or she shall be the organisation’s sole point of contact, through whom all correspondence shall run. He or she is also the person authorised to request changes. The contact person shall specify a group leader for each group, who will monitor and promote compliance with the regulations during the Four Days Marches on the part of the group and anyone who may affect the group, and who will be responsible for the group at all times.
The group leader is responsible for ensuring that each group member is wearing the correct data carrier (chip on their shoes or wristbands). Checks will be made as to whether the group is complete, both at the start and at various intervals en route. It should be noted that, as well as the planned checkpoints, there may also be additional, unexpected checkpoints. It is also emphasised that group participants should be able prove their identity when requested to do so.