• Short Summary

    Weary marchers from some twenty countries were welcomed as they ended their four-day marathon by a record crowd at the tiny Dutch town of Nijmegen on Friday (19 July).

  • Description

    Weary marchers from some twenty countries were welcomed as they ended their four-day marathon by a record crowd at the tiny Dutch town of Nijmegen on Friday (19 July).

    The thousands of walkers taking part in the "Vierdaagse" were both military and civilian. Most were from European countries. But a team was also entered by the US army.

    Because of the discipline required in the march and the emphasis on team work, the "Vierdaagse" has become very popular among the military. And this year a team of women from the Danish army was just one of the varied entries.

    In the sixty odd years since the marches first began from Nijmegen, the "Vierdaagse" has grown from a handful of enthusiasts to become one of the main events in Nijmegen. The marches are organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture to encourage intending participants to train themselves so they are able to cover the distances each day without impairing their health.

    The route of the 58th International March as in other years, was between two major battlegrounds of World War Two. No marches were held during the two World Wars. But, excluding these periods, they have been held every year since 1909.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA94JBVEV6FZ3951CU8MAP5P1WR
    Media URN:
    VLVA94JBVEV6FZ3951CU8MAP5P1WR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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