Twelve thousand walkers strode out in wet blustery weather on Tuesday (16 July) on the opening day of the annual Nijmegan marches in Holland.
GV Canadian troops march past.
GV Civilians among soldiers.
SV Soldiers and civilians marching.
SV Onlookers under umbrellas PAN TO soldiers.
GV Soldiers past.
SV Officials check marchers papers at control point.
SV People in roadside cafe.
SV Couple under umbrella marching.
GV Girl marching soldiers.
SV Sign "Nigmegan"
Swedish soldiers marching.
Initials VS 19.07 VS 19.16
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Background: Twelve thousand walkers strode out in wet blustery weather on Tuesday (16 July) on the opening day of the annual Nijmegan marches in Holland.
The marches began as walks back in 1909, when only a small group of people took part. Fifty eight marches later, with only a break for the war years, the number of starters was well over 12,000.
Nearly half the walkers were servicemen from the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France and a host of other countries. The British Army and Air Force formed a contingent of 1,500.
The marches last four days, and are non-competitive. Each group marches around a set course of about 30 miles (48.2 kilometres) starting and finishing in Nijmegan. All walkers are given a medal upon completing the course.
The marches are organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture, and are designed to encourage people to reach their peak of physical fitness.
The wet weather brought out hundreds of umbrellas, but did not dampen the festive air of the accession.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of soldiers and civilians set out from the small Dutch town of Nigmegan on Tuesday at the start of the annual Nigmegan marches. The weather was wet and blustery but did little to dampen the spirits of the marchers.
The marches began as walks in nineteen hundred and nine, when only a small group of people took part. Fifty eight marches later -- with only a break for the war years -- the marches have become a major annual event.
The marches are organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture. Nearly half the marchers were servicemen from forty countries. To make things a bit harder for themselves, they carried packs over the thirty-mile course. The event is not competitive and every marcher receives a medal when he's finished the course.