Visit new location Parque Arroyo de Represa by M4DW team

A part of the M4Dw team has visited our new location Parque Arroyo de Represa in Marbella. We are very enthousiastic about the athmosphere and available utilities. We have decided upon a concept lay-out for the park so we can continu now with all details. We are convinced you will all enjoy the new M4DW location and we almost can’t wait till October!

M4DW team

We also created a short video, you can watch it via YouTube : Parque Arroyo de Represa March 20

Changed location M4DW : Parque Arroyo de la Represa

The greatest wish of Marbella 4 Days Walking to have a top location for the M4DW event has been fulfilled. We can proudly announce that our negotiations with the municipality have led to the commitment of a permanent place for the coming years: Parque Arroyo de la Represa!

Previously we did announced that we would move to Parque de la Constitución but in practice this location is not suitable for our event.

At this new location all desired amenities are available, it is conveniently located very close to the historic center of Marbella and within walking distance of the Paseo Maritimo and harbour. The layout of the location will take place in the coming weeks, we are convinced that it will be a great location for our sportive party in October.

In the next days we will add photos on Facebook and Instagram and the already registered participants will receive an e-mail with the new address.

Also in our renewed guide there will be a map with an overview of restaurants in the old town and a reference to the familiar address of Hestia, the place to be for an after party.

This 8th edition is made possible by our sponsors, partners and especially our volunteers who put a lot of effort into making the event even more fun this year!

Map Marbella
Parque Arroyo de la Represa

 

FITUR 2018 a succes!

Hans and Clarie Wohl accompanied by Elvira Boitelle had been invited on behalf of the city Marbella to have a presentation at FITUR 2018 (Feria Internaciónal de Turismo) in Madrid last week regarding Marbella 4 Days Walking. FITUR 2018 could welcome 251.000 visitors this year. The presentation at the 18th of January by Hans Wohl was attented by the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz. She emphasised that Marbella 4 Days Walking is one of the main attractions for the city Marbella. Also the ambassador of the Netherlands in Spain, Matthijs van Bonzel – who participated a number of times in Marbella 4 Days Walking – spoke to the mayor during the reception of the city Marbella in Madrid about the succes of the largest 4 days walking event in Spain.

Visit Marbella 4 Days Walking at FITUR Madrid

Visit us at the stand of the city Marbella (5B07) during FITUR (Feria Internacional de Turismo) which will be held from 17th till 21st of January in Madrid. Our Dutch founders Hans and Clarie Wohl will give a presentation regarding the success of Marbella 4 Days Walking on January 18th. 

More information about FITUR: Facebook page FITUR (Feria Internacional de Turismo)

 

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Breaking news : Marbella 4 Days Walking is moving

For M4DW its current location, Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo, has become too small and we have looked for a new place
to celebrate our great event for many more years to come.

A new location has been found which will be in the  Parque de la Constitucion, only about 60 meters from the old location. * please check news from March 10th 2018, the location has been changed into Parque Arroyo de la Represa.

Check in
As of January 1, 2018, you can register again. In addition, during the registration process, you may make a donation to one of the charities we collaborate with, i.e. Cudeca and Triple A.

If you want to register to participate every day, it is only € 50, for each single day you pay € 15 / day. 
If you prefer to register during the event, the price is € 55 for the 4 days.

New enhanced registration procedure
M4DW will use a new procedure to register your registration. Now to register you need your participant number and password, which will be send by e-mail.
If you do not have your participant number and / or password at hand when you complete the application, the process offers
the possibility to send them to you by email again.

In addition, it is also possible to register more than one person at a time and pay the total amount in a single payment.

We want to wish you all happy holidays and an active and healthy 2018 and we hope to see you in October. 

Hans & Clarie Wohl-Morks

M4DW team

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.”