339: IML (International Marching League)

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IML (International Marching League)

The genesis of non-competitive walking events is the Nijmegen Vierdaagse. It is clearly, at that moment, the oldest and largest event of this nature in the world, with a history dating back to 1909.

Due to the success of that event and because more and more foreign walkers were participating in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, the Dutch organization KNBLO helped to get similar events established in other European countries, starting at the end of the 1960’s and the beginning of the 1970’s.

In that period the International Two days Marches of Flanders (Belgium) started, the Haervesjmarchen in Denmark, La Marche de l’Armée in Diekirch (GD Luxembourg), International Four days marches Castlebar (Ireland) and Two days Marches of Bern (Switzerland).

In 1977, the Japan Walking Association established the Japan Three Day March. This was the first multi-day walking event to be held in Japan. This also represented a major breakthrough as it meant that organized non-competitive walking events were no longer exclusive to Europe. In 1986 several Multi-Day Walking Event Organisations with a common interest (all more days walking events, which approved of the idea to organize a multi days walking event) met each other in Paapendal / Holland, in order to discuss the possibility of founding some form of International Walking League.

The countries represented were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, GD Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
There was agreement at that meeting to form such a league.

Since then, membership in the IML Walking Association has grown steadily to 24 with Spain (Barcalona) being the latest country to be admitted in 2007.

(The name) International Marching League (IML) name was changed to (is changed into) IML Walking Association after (by) a decision taken during the General Meeting in Vancouver (USA) in 2006.

The IML Walking Association is a non-political, non-profit organisation whose purpose is:

  • to promote walking as a worthwhile and healthy recreation; and
  • to foster international understanding and goodwill by encouraging participation at walking events in other countries through a program of incentive awards.

This is accomplished by promoting international multi-day non-competitive walking events in each of the member countries.

For administrative purposes the IML Walking Association is broken down into two Regions: the European Region and the Pan Pacific Region.”Nos Iungat Ambulare” is the official motto of the IML Walking Association which, when translated into English, means “May walking bring us together”. Come join us at an IML Walking Association event, and experience the atmosphere of goodwill and friendship amongst the international and local participants. Use the IML Walking Association worldwide program of events to:

World Wide Walking festival – Walking events 2011


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