One of my American friends, a former Marine, participated in this event in 2014 and said it was one of the highlights of his life. :-)
Nice compliment for the event and the involved people
I have never participated myself, but encountered oft participants in the train and such (when commuting for work and related). The atmosphere is in general amazing. People who help each other, both walkers and non-walkers. An acquaintance of mine, for example, voluntarily distributes fruit, drinks and the like to hikers almost every year (free of charge).
Past year in 2019:The oldest participant in the Four Days Marches is called Lex de Jong. Mister De Jong has reached at the beginning of the year the fine age of 92 and "just" still runs on the 30 kilometers. The Deventer may rightly be a late bloomer
be called: he did for it first entered in 1999 and is now up for his 16th
reward. "I participate to keep fit!"
Unfortunately, he stopped the walking party because of a sore hip. That confirms his family. The resident of Deventer previously fell out of bed in the hotel where he is staying during the Four Days Marches. The result was a sore hip. Still he finished the second stage.
"It is great that he came across the finish line despite his hip on Wednesday. But he quickly said that he thought it was enough. We had already told each other that fun was the most important thing," says his daughter Josette.
De Jong participated for the sixteenth time this year. He walked out of the walking event fourteen times. Last year the Deventenaar also made a brave attempt to get the coveted Four Days Marches Cross, but he dropped out prematurely.