A record number of 26 nations are taking part in the annual Nijmegen marches in Holland, recognised as the toughest marching even in the world.
A record number of 26 nations are taking part in the annual Nijmegen marches in Holland, recognised as the toughest marching even in the world. Depending on age and sex....some of the marchers will travel over 100 miles (160 kms) during the four days of the event. Soldiers, not surprisingly, are expected to tackle the full course carrying weapons and full pack.
SYNOPSIS: The annual marches at Nijmegen in Holland have attracted a record number of entries from 26 nations this year. Depending on age and sex some of the marchers will cover more than 100 miles (160 kms) during the four days of the event. From soldiers carrying full pack and weapons to young girls out for the exercise....Nijmegen is the climax for a year of training and a chance to show each contingent's and countrys' marching skills.
The event was first staged in 1909. The only 41 turned cut. Fifty five marches later, with a break for the war years, the turn out for the 1971 march is well over 13,000.
Nijmegen takes on a carnival atmosphere during the marches. The event is organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture, the marches are non-competitive, intended to encourage physical fitness.