The Nijmegen Marches are a rigorous and prestigious annual event. One which has involved Canadian participation since 1952. The Marches require that military entrants complete the four-day 160-km (4 x 40-km) march in combat uniform, carrying a minimum rucksack load of 10-kg. The event annually draws over 40,000 marchers from 50 different nations -- and is witnessed by over 1 million spectators along the 160-km route.
The Marches are both a challenging and an emotional experience, especially for Canadian Forces members. Challenging in that the 160-km Marches are the ultimate test of a CF member's physical fitness and stamina, in an event that requires effective teamwork and strong leadership.
International Four Days Marches Nijmegen
Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery