The eighth edition of Marbella 4 Days Walking has finished with many walkers who enjoyed a drink in the sun and enthusiastically danced to the sounds of the Blaasbalgen and the Swing Dixieland Band.
Participants from no less than 22 countries around the world walked routes of 20 or 30 kilometers.
The week started with heavy showers, which meant that a lot of additional cleaning had to be done on the M4DW square. Luckily it got better from Thursday and a few rain showers do not really prohibit our sportive participants! However, the special route of 10 km for the children was canceled and on Sunday, October 14, we had to modify the route because of the weather forecast (hurricane Leslie), therefore the participants have missed the lake of Istán. But most days the sun was shining and the temperature was very pleasant.
On Thursday, October 11th, the first walkers started. Traditionally this is the easiest day and the route takes them through green areas and along the luxury yachts in the port of Puerto Banús and the 30 kilometers route to San Pedro. The following days the walkers saw different parts of Marbella: Altos de Marbella, Nagueles, Lago de Tortugas, Sierra Blanca and parts of the beach. Most participants did registered for all four days, but especially the walkers from the province of Málaga opted for 1 or 2 days’ participation. The last day finished on Sunday with the Via Gladiolo with music of SkyFly Events, where gladioli were distributed to all participants. Participants who had walked for 4 days received a medal. There were 27 participants who already participated for the 8th time.
Marbella 4Days Walking is based on the famous 4-daagse in the Netherlands. The difference is that participants in Marbella can choose how many days they would like to walk. We have decided upon that because Spanish people and other foreigners who live on the Costa del Sol are not such fanatical walkers that they ask for free days. They mainly participate on Saturdays and Sundays.
Two members of the International Marching League (IML) have also participated as part of our candidate membership, in May 2019 we will be informed if we will become an official member. The ambassador of the Netherlands – Matthijs van Bonzel – was also present during the opening.
There were around 1,820 participants every day, 85% of them are of Dutch nationality, 6% have Spanish nationality and 9% came from other countries whith mainly large groups from Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland and Sweden.
66% of the participants are women and the oldest female participant was 81 years old and the oldest male participant was 82 years old. The youngest participant that walked 20 kilometers is 9 years old.
In addition to the medical staff, this year we also had a group of physiotherapists available for the participants and this service is highly appreciated.
On Wednesday evening the opening party at Plaza de Iglesia with DJ Alexander of SkyFly and a performance of the Blaasbalgen. On Thursday, the Blaasbalgen again played together with the Swing Dixieland band.
This year we supported the charities Triple A and Cudeca. For every donation of 5 € at registration, the organization donates 1 € extra. Thank you very much on behalf of the charities for all contributions, also on the square.
Data # m4dw2018
– total number of participants: 2006
– woman 66% male 34%
– top 5 participating nationalities: the Netherlands, England, Spain, Belgium and Sweden
– total number of nationalities: 22
– distance: 20 km: 1245 woman / 614 men
– distance: 30 km: 84 woman / 63 men
– birthdays during the event: 23
– oldest participants: woman 83 years – male 81 years
– youngest participants: woman 12 years – male 9 years
– altitude day (estimates) 1: 20 km 300 meters up, highest point 81 meters, 30 km up 539 meters, highest point 81 meters
– altitude day 2: 20 km up 439 meters, top 253 meters 30 km up: about 810 meters, summit about 300 meters
– altitude day 3: 20 km up 538 meters, top 243 meters 30 km high 695 meters, top 243 meters
– altitude day 4: 20 km up 308 meters, top 68 meters 30 km up: 400 meters, top 68 meters