Few drop-outs in 4-day walking event

23rd July 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2007, NIJMEGEN – 34,019 walkers reached the finish of the 91st Four-day walking event, according to the organisers of the event on Friday night, the last day of the marathon. A total of 37,505 people took part in the event of whom 3,486 walkers did not complete the walking tour; only 288 people had to give up on the last day of the event.

20 July 2007

NIJMEGEN – 34,019 walkers reached the finish of the 91st  Four-day walking event, according to the organisers of the event on Friday night, the last day of the marathon. A total of 37,505 people took part in the event of whom 3,486 walkers did not complete the walking tour; only 288 people had to give up on the last day of the event.

The number of drop-outs was far lower than expected despite the heavy rain that hit Nijmegen at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, according to the organisers. The rain and heavy thunder storms did not cause any major problems, according to the event organisers and the municipality of Nijmegen.

The Red Cross handed out rain capes and paid extra attention to symptoms of hypothermia. On the advice of the organising board that had already anticipated heavy rainfall participants had brought their own rain clothes. The downpour, however, started many hours earlier than  the event’s weatherman had forecast. Participants were given an extra half hour to complete the marathon.

After the dramatic incident last year (when one of the participants died of a heat stroke, the event organisers were satisfied with this year’s march. “I feel that we have had a fantastic 4-day walking event. The rain during the entry was a damper, of course, but everybody could see that it did not affect the atmosphere or the enthusiasm of the walkers,’ said march leader Wim Jansen, who will step down this year after having organised the march for eight years.

[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]

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