Blood, Sweat and Blisters
Each year the month of July marks the occasion of the Four Days Marches in Nijmegen in which 46,000 walkers participate. Heijmans has worked on the world’s greatest marching event for many years and is preparing itself for the 100th edition in 2016. Heijmans ensures that the walkers and visitors do not have to contend with blisters.
5,000 m² Decking
Since 2011 Heijmans has taken on the task of carrying out various activities for the Four Days Marches Nijmegen. In addition to traffic measures, a command and press centre will be set up, TV screens and mobile signs will be supplied and 5,000 m² decking laid down.
The organization of the Four Days Marches Nijmegen is preparing for its 100th anniversary in 2016. The 99th edition will be seen as the ‘test year’. New camera and mobile text systems will be applied for the first time and an additional catering facility will be organized.
Walkers Filmed in Action
The advantage of the new camera system is that it can provide accurate images of walkers in action. This will enable timely communication with the checkpoints along the way and volunteers will know how many walkers to expect.
Each day the Four Days Marches follow a different route through the landscapes of Gelderland, Brabant or Limburg. Due to this daily movement, Heijmans carries out its activities during the night, enabling walkers to continue on their way in the early hours of the morning.
The marching event could not take place without the support of hundreds of volunteers. Every evening a communal meal is eaten in the Schouwburg and an evaluation is made of how the Four Days Marches can be improved. This ensures a close family relationship between volunteers and staff.