Marbella 4 Days Walking Edition 2017

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The seventh edition of Marbella 4Days Walking closed again with hundreds of walkers who enjoyed a drink in the sun and danced with enthusiasm to the rhythm of the many bands. Adults and children from 21 countries around the world walked 20, 30 or 10 kilometers. This year more than 2200 walkers signed up and 208 children participated.

Unfortunately, more than 100 participants could not come because at the last minute, a flight from the Netherlands was canceled and there were not enough alternatives available to everyone. We all feel very sorry for them, what a disappointment…

Our compliments for those hikers who, after traveling many hours and taking complicated routes, still managed to reach Marbella!

On Thursday October 12, the first hikers started. Traditionally this is the quietest day, the route leads them through green districts, and along the luxury yachts in Puerto Banús and the 30-kilometer route went to San Pedro. The following days the hikers saw different parts of Marbella: Altos de Marbella, Nagüeles, the Istán dam, The Turtle Lake, Sierra Blanca and parts of the beach. Most participants have enrolled for all four days. Most hikers from the province of Málaga chose to attend 1 or 2 days. The Marbella 4days was closed on Sunday with the “Via Gladiolo” route, where gladiolus were handed out to all participants. Participants who had walked for 4 days received a medal. There were 33 hikers who participated M4DW for the 7th time.

A special hiker that day was Ambassador Matthijs van Bonzel who after having walked the 20 kilometers route, handed out the medals.

Marbella 4Days Walking is based on the famous four-day march in the Netherlands. The difference is that participants in Marbella can choose how many days they want to walk. This is done like that because Spaniards and other foreigners who live on the Costa del Sol are not so fanatic that they take days off for it and participate mainly on Saturday and Sunday. Since Spaniards like to walk with the whole family, we started in 2016 with the Marbella Kids walk. On Sunday there was a special 10-kilometer route for children between 4 and 12 years old.

Each day there were around 1,850 participants, of which 80% were Dutch, 6% Spanish and 14% came from other countries with large groups from Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland and Germany. 62% of the participants are women. The oldest participant was 85 years old and the oldest male participant was 82 years old. The youngest participants who walked 20 kilometers were 11 years old.

In addition to the medical staff, this year we also had a group of physiotherapists available to the participants; a free service that was used with enthusiasm.

Marbella 4Days Walking has become a great event, to which many entrepreneurs have also responded. Throughout the city, shops and restaurants offer special discounts or “four-day” menus. The municipality organized music and dance performances in the old town every night. During the day, at the start and finishing venue, there was music from the “Kwakbergband”, the “Swing Dixieland band” and DJ Alexander from Sky Fly events. Additionally, on Saturday, the Karina Parra dance school offered a flamenco performance.

This year we have supported the charities Triple A and Cudeca. For each donation of € 5 at the time of registration, the organization donates € 1 extra. On behalf of the charities, we thank you for all the contributions, also for those that have been made at the start/finishing plaza.

The dates for next year are already known: October 11 – 14. You can register as from January 1, 2018

 

M4DW & Cudeca

The organization of Marbella 4Days Walking signed an agreement with Cudeca in order to raise funds for the NGO. Participants can make a donation to the charity when they sign up on the internet. Cudeca will also be present during the event in October to inform the public about their work.

Cudeca is a NGO which offers free specialized care for cancer patients and other terminal patients. They also offer council to the family members. “We find it important to help organizations that are dedicated to improve the quality of life at the Costa del Sol” says Hans Wohl. “We know that every year there are walkers who have just been cured of cancer and decided to celebrate this with a walking holiday in Marbella. Besides we know from experiences that our own volunteers have had, as a patient or as family, with Cudeca that their medical staff and volunteers are doing a great job. We are very happy to collaborate with them.”

When signing up on the internet, walkers can choose to donate a certain amount to Cudeca or Triple A (care of abandoned animals). The organization of M4DW adds 1 euro for every 5 euro donated and transfers the whole amount to the charities. The NGO’s also have a free tent at their disposal during the event so they can promote their organisation and sell products in order to raise more funds.

More than 1.000 participants!

At the beginning of July we reached the milestone of 1.000 participants, last year this happened in the third week of July. Most walkers who signed up come from abroad and will participate all 4 days. “People from other countries have to book plane tickets and accommodation so they have to plan ahead. From the end of August we see people from Spain signing up. Also a lot of walkers sign up during the event itself” says Hans Wohl, organizer of the event.

School participation on kids day

The students of the CEIP Miguel Hernández in San Pedro de Alcántara will  participate at a special route of Marbella 4Days Walking on the 13th of October. It is the third year that the organization invites a school for the ‘Day of the children”. The kids will be received at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo at 10hrs with music and start their 6km walk. They will return at about the same time as the adult walkers of the longer routes so they can celebrate together that they finished the route.

 “Walking is not only good for health; it is also an activity that can be enjoyed in company. That is exactly what walkers do during M4DW, have fun in a healthy way with walkers from all over the world. Because you can’t start early enough doing physical exercise, we decided to invite children from the Marbella region” says Hans Wohl.

“One of the mothers of our students told us about the possibility to participate in the kidswalk so we got in touch with the organization and arranged our participation” says Magdalena Morales, director of CEIP Miguel Hernández. “We have almost 800 students at our school, from diverse backgrounds. We like to organize activities that promote the collaboration between students and participating in M4DW will certainly do so. The students of the 4th, 5th and 6th grade will be walking along this year.”

M4DW wins award!

The company One2One has awarded Marbella 4Days Walking for being the best event in the category Tourism and Sports. The award was handed to organizer Hans Wohl during a festive night at the Hotel Don Carlos in Marbella. According to the director of One2One, Jacinto Castillo, the event has been contributing to the development of sportive tourism in Marbella for years now.

 


Hans Wohl, Clarie Wohl and Maria Kupers showing the award.

Interchem and Tielemans Keukens sponsor M4DW

The organization of M4DW and Interchem have prolonged their collaboration for another year. A new sponsor contract has been signed with Tielemans Keukens (kitchens) from The Netherlands. Both companies are enthusiast about the walking event in Marbella and decided to sponsor it even though their products are not related to walking.

Tielemans Keukens is a well-known company in The Netherlands, waste recycling company Interchem may not be as famous with the main public but their brand Intergreen (sustainable paints) is used in a lot of businesses and households. Both businesses will be present with a tent at the start and finish and like other years, part of their staff will participate in the walks. The organization of M4DW is happy about the collaboration. Hans Wohl: “M4DW is an event that a lot of people enjoy. There is a very positive ambience and that is exactly why businesses like to relate their name to it. Having them as sponsors means we can do extra stuff without increasing the fee for the walkers.”

Signing up has started!

As per the first of January people can sign up again for Marbella 4Days Walking and more than hundred walkers have already done so. The seventh edition takes place from the 12th till the 15th of October. As usual the routes will allow walkers to see unexpected sights of Marbella. New this year is a […]

Sixth edition of Marbella 4Days Walking huge success

Hundreds of walkers celebrated the sixth edition of Marbella 4Days Walking by dancing with their family and friends at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. Sunday was the last day of the event at which every day about 1.800 participated. This was more than the organization had expected, in total 2.007 walkers and 289 children walked the routes of 20, 30 or 6 kilometers.

The event started on Thursday the 13th of October with a route that passed by Nagüeles and Puerto Banús, the walkers of the 30kms route made a detour via San Pedro de Alcántara before returning to Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. In the following days the walkers saw various parts of Marbella, like Altos de Marbella, the Istán lake, Lago de Tortugas, Sierra Blanca and parts of the beach. Most of the walkers signed up for all 4 days, but especially those who reside in the province of Málaga opted for walking along 1 or 2 days. Marbella 4Days Walking ended in style on Sunday with the Via Gladiolo (the gladiolus being the roman symbol for victory). The walkers were received at this special part of the Paseo Maritimo with music, applause and flowers to accompany them on the last meters till the finish. The Dutch ambassador in Spain, Matthijs van Bonzel, also participated on Sunday and after having finished he handed out medals to those who walked all four days.

Every evening there was music and dance at the Plaza de la Iglesia in the old city centre. Walkers, tourists and inhabitants of Marbella shared some very special moments together. Saturdaynight was a good example of the fusion of cultures, the girls for the dance school of Paquita Jesús and the Dutch music band De Blaasbalgen spontaneously started performing together.

The dates for next years’ event are from 12 till 15 October, signing up is possible from the 1st of January onwards.

Start 4Days Walking

This Thursday morning 1.904 participants have started the first route of Marbella 4Days Walking. At the return to Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo it was time to party with the music of the bands De Blaasbalgen en ’t Jazzezz. The amount of participants has exceeded the expectations of the organization and since people are still signing up in the morning before the walks so the final amount will be even higher.

The first route went by Nagüeles and Puerto Banús, the walkers of the 30 kilometer routes also passed by San Pedro de Alcántara before returning to Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. The next days the walkers will see various parts of Marbella, amongst which are Altos de Marbella, the Istán Lake, Lago de Tortugas, Sierra Blanca and several parts of the beach. The most of the participants has signed up for all four days, the walkers from the province of Málaga mostly opted for 1 or 2 days. The last day of Marbella 4Days Walking is special, the walkers will be received at the Paseo Maritimo with flowers and music. This part of the walk is called Via Gladiolo since the roman symbol for victory is the gladiolus. The ambassador of the Netherlands will also participate on Sunday and hand out the medals to those walkers who participated all four days.

Kids
On Friday it’s Day of the kids, the organization has invited a school to do one of the special kids routes. Then 250 children from Atalaya College (Estepona) will walk a 6km route. On Saturday and Sunday there are routes for children so families and sports clubs can join a healthy walk together. The start is between 11.30 and 12hrs so the children will be back more or less at the same time as the adults.

Fiestas
There is live music every day till 17hs at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. At night there are music and dance performances starting at 20.30hrs at Plaza de la Iglesia. Every day another dance school performs, followed on Thursday by the Coro Sierrablanca, on Friday by the pop group The Q and on Saturday by the municipal band.

M4DW opts for regional economy

The participants of the Marbella 4Days Walking are not only welcomed by the organization with great enthusiasm. The management team and other volunteers also welcome the thousands of extra guests who will stay for a number of days in the city. The organization has been working for years with local charities and associations. This year they will also offer products from the province of Málaga on route.

From the very first moment the intention was to stimulate and integrate the local economy into this event. The hotels, restaurants and shops are the first to notice the additional increase of customers. But also for the delivery of various other products and services we were able to attract entrepreneurs from the local region. Beyond that, the organization together with three local charities that are present during the event at the start and finish combine their great activities for the attention of the whole public. Participants can enroll if they make a donation to Aspandem, Piel de Mariposa (Debra Spain) or Triple A. The organization provides an additional 2 euros extra for each donated 10 euros.

Participants will receive bottled water from Agua de Mijas and the food truck this year in the hands of Huerta Pavon from Coin. On the menu are sandwiches of artisan’s baker that integrates products from local farmers. “The province of Malaga has a lot to offer in gastronomy. We want our participants to benefit from local entrepreneurs and involving smaller entrepreneurs into the organization of M4DW, thus we really love to stimulate the regional economy, ” said Maria Kupers, responsible for the production and communication of the event. At the start and finish square a tent is provided for the complete audience where the municipality of Marbella and Costa del Sol Turismo y Planificación provide information about the attractions in the area.