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Press release 2019.001, 14 January 2019

Participation limit 47,000; registration to open on 4 February

More chances for the youngest participants

From 16 to 19 July 2019, tens of thousands of walkers can again try to earn the much-coveted Four Days Marches Cross. Registration for the 103rd International Four Days Marches Nijmegen will open at 10.00 hrs CET on Monday 4 February.

47,000 participants

As in 2017 and 2018, the registration limit for the 103rd Four Days Marches has been set at 47,000. If this registration limit is exceeded, a draw will be held among individual participants who have not previously earned a Four Days Marches medal.
Alongside participants registered for reward 2 or higher, three other groups will be exempt from the draw - those born between 2004 and 2007, those who were excluded by the draw from taking part in the 101st and 102nd Four Days Marches and those who register through the Via Vierdaagse training and preparation programme. The full version of the Restriction Protocol is available on the Four Days Marches website (www.4daagse.nl/en).

More chances for the youngest participants

For several years now, 12-year-old first-time entrants have been guaranteed participation in the Four Days Marches. However, due to the different school holiday periods in the Netherlands, there always used to be a considerable group of young walkers who would be unable to take advantage of their guaranteed starting place for the Four Days Marches. Given Stichting DE 4DAAGSE’s commitment to promoting the sport of walking among young people, we have decided to broaden the age group for this scheme. In 2019, all participants born in 2004, 2005, 2006 or 2007 will be exempt from the draw.

First year with new main sponsor LOWA

As of 2019, walking shoes maker LOWA will be the Four Days Marches’ main sponsor for at least four years. This sponsorship deal will allow both top brands to draw on each other’s walking expertise and further develop services during and relating to the Four Days Marches.

Also in 2019: a single registration period and reregistration

In 2018, the organisation made a few changes to the registration process that proved their worth and will therefore also be implemented in 2019. There will again be one single registration period for everyone who is interested in walking the Four Days Marches. This year, the registration period will open at 10.00 hrs CET on Monday 4 February and close at 17.00 hrs CET on Friday 22 March. The time at which you register will have no influence on the outcome of any draw that may take place. If it turns out that the total number of participants left after the cancellation period has ended is significantly below the permitted number of 47,000, registration will reopen. The reregistration period gives participants who were excluded by the draw another chance to get their hands on a starting ticket for the 103rd Four Days Marches. For more information about the registration procedure and the associated terms and conditions, visit www.4daagse.nl/en.

Registration fee

On 1 January 2019, the Netherlands’ reduced VAT rate was raised from 6% to 9%. Factoring in this new VAT rate and a small inflation adjustment, Stichting DE 4DAAGSE has set the registration fee for participation in the 103rd Four Days Marches at €84. Members of the Dutch walking association KWBN who have a ‘Wandelvoordeelpas’ for 2019 will get €5 off.

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