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Starting procedure for 30- and 40km walkers (individual)

The organization of the Four Days Marches strives to spread the flow of walkers on the route, in order to prevent long waiting times and congestions as much as possible. That is why the 30- and 40km walkers start in two separate groups.

Two 'first start slots', two 'second start slots'

Every participant on the 30- and 40km is assigned to the first start slot for two days and to the second start slot on the other two days.

The partitioning of start slots is linked to the (random) allotment of a walker to a registration desk. The 30km and 40km are both divided in registration desks ‘Gladiolus’ and ‘Walking Shoe’. The desk where you need to register is stated on the final confirmation of your registration. You can find your confirmation at My Four Days. For more information about the signing in- and signing off procedures, click here.

Start slots 30km in 2019

30 Gladiolus:
Tuesday and Thursday: 06.45 hrs - 07.15 hrs (1st start slot)
Wednesday and Friday: 07.30 hrs - 08.00 hrs (2nd start slot)

30 Walking Shoe:
Tuesday and Thursday: 07.30 hrs - 08.00 hrs (2nd start slot)
Wednesday and Friday: 06.45 hrs - 07.15 hrs (1st start slot)

Start slots 40km in 2019

40 Gladiolus:
Tuesday and Thursday: 04.45 hrs - 05.30 hrs (1st start slot)
Wednesday and Friday: 05.45 hrs - 06.30 hrs (2nd start slot)

40 Walking Shoe:
Tuesday and Thursday: 05.45 hrs - 06.30 hrs (2nd start slot)
Wednesday and Friday: 04.45 hrs - 05.30 hrs (1st start slot)

Check at the start area

When signing in on Sunday or Monday, every individual participant on the 30- and 40km will receive a wristband that contains a barcode and the symbol ‘Walking shoe’ or ‘Gladiolus’.
At the start of each walking day, every participant has to have the barcode on their wristband scanned. Based on the symbol on the wristband, the starting team checks whether a participant is in the right starting group.

Anyone who enters the start area for the first start slot without the permission to start early, will not be scanned and will be sent away. The starting team cannot and will not enter into a discussion with participants on this matter. From a sportsmanlike point of view, starting without having your barcode scanned is useless, since disqualification upon arrival at the finish will be inevitable.

Starting together?

It could occur that participants would like to start together, but have been assigned to different registration desks and therefore are not able to make use of the same start slots. There are two options to start together.

Chosing the second start slot:
You do not have to start in the first start slot on the days that you are assigned to the first start slot; starting in the first start slot is optional, not an obligation. You can always choose to start in the second start slot, together with your walking partner.

Switching registration desks:
In order to let us know that you wish to be assigned to a different registration desk, go to ‘Personal details - Registration 2019’ in My Four Days. From 29 April onwards, a blue button with the text ‘Switch registration desk’ will be visible here. Click this button and follow the instructions.
After you have sent your request, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail.
You will not be assigned to a different registration desk immediately - the exchange will only take place once another participant makes his or her spot available and depends on the amount of other outstanding requests. In My Four Days you can see how many waiting requests there are before you, on the page ‘Personal details - Registration 2019'. As soon as a spot at the other registration desk is available, you will automatically be assigned to this registration desk in our administration. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail.
Please note: if there are no spots available at the other registration desk, the exchange cannot take place. Currently there are more requests from participants who wish to switch from Gladiolus to Walking Shoe than the other way around. This means that there is a longer waiting time for switching from Gladiolus to Walking Shoe than for switching from Walking Shoe to Gladiolus.
After you have switched registration desks, your final confirmation will also be changed. You can print out a new confirmation letter via My Four Days.
If you want to withdraw your request, go to ‘Personal details - Registration 2019’ in My Four Days and click on the blue button with the text ‘Cancel switching registration desk’.
It is possible to submit a request to change your registration desk up to and until 11 July. After 11 July, all requests will automatically expire.

Don't come to the Start and Finish area too early

Grant your fellow walkers the space that this starting procedure is meant to create. Participants without a card for the first start slot may not leave before 05.45 hrs (40km) or 07.30 hrs (30km), so there is no point in arriving at the start and finish area earlier.

Civilian groups, 50km and 40km Heumensoord

This starting procedure only applies to individual participants walking the 30- and 40km route and starting at the Start and Finish area the Wedren/Julianaplein. All other participants shall start at the times that apply to them.

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