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CHANGES TO SEEFELD 2014
Approved by IML Board 27th September 2013 A large, new event centre has been adapted in Leutasch for the event to be held there. The event, of course, remains nonetheless in the Olympiaregion Seefeld since the region consists of 5 villages, including the hikers’ paradise Leutasch.
Distance to the new event area is approx. 8 km and can be reached by car in 10 minutes. As usual, Seefeld Tourism Association will be acting as event host and the organisation team, consisting of tourism association members, will likewise remain unchanged. Therefore, in effect, the only change to the event is the start and finish area.
50 percent of the new hiking routes have already been used in previous IML events, only the direction of walking and route connections have been altered in part. The short routes, above all, will be totally new for the hikers. The characteristics of the hiking area remain the same as before, with just a few new sections being added offering walkers a welcome change as they explore our huge hiking area.
It is my sad duty to tell you that Wil Docters van Leeuwen died last Sunday in the hospital. He was 97 years old.
Almost at the same time his wife died in the age of 96 in the nursing home where she was staying. They did not know about each others situation..
Wil was one of the founding fathers of the International Marching League. He was present at the inauguration in Tokyo in 1987 and became the first Secretary General of the IML which position he hold for 9 years.
It is his enthusiasm which make the IML to what it is today.
Naturally he became honorary member of the IML.
May they both rest in peace.
President IML Walking Association
Beijing International Walk
Beijing International Walk – First Time as IML
Higashimatsuyama, Japan English version Leaflet ＆ Application Form http://www.city.higashimatsuyama.lg.jp/3day/36th3dm/main.html
The Fourth Beijing International 2 Days March will be hosted in Mentougou District of Beijing On September 14th and 15th 2013.
The 5th JOGJA INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE WALK 2013, will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 2013. Website: www.jogjaheritagewalk.com
New IML Walking events
IML Board and IML organisations met in Chantonnay, France for a General meeting. We are pleased to announce that Beijing, China and Jogjakarta, Indonesia are welcomed as new members of IML together with The Baltic Walking Association, Lithuania who are now candidates for assessment and consideration for membership in the future. Details of these new events will appear on this website in the next few days.
General Meeting Chantonnay:
Besides the normal items in Chantonnay a decision will be taken about the membership of the IML Walking Association of the 2 days March near Beijing, China and the 2 days march in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Also a decision will be taken about the candidacy of the 2 days march in Lituania. For further information please contact our secretary general, Mr. Peter Boulden. During the meeting we will dicuss the position of the IML stamp during the IVV Olympiad. For the moment the following rule is in place:
IML Walkers taking part in the IVV Olympiad in South Tirol in 2013 can obtain an IML stamp when completing two consecutive days of minimum 20 km per day. (10 km for aged over 70) Stamps will be available from Day 2 for those participants with evidence of completing two consecutive days with up to date passport complete with photograph. The stamps for this event DO NOT count for IML awards.
March - Bern-Belp
Please Note that the date for 2014 Swiss March - Bern-Belp has not been decided yet. To Be Announced later.
IVV Olympiad in South Tirol
IML Walkers taking part in the IVV Olympiad in South Tirol in 2013 can obtain an IML stamp when completing Two consecutive days of minimum 20 km per day. (10 km for aged over 70) Stamps will be available from Day 2 for those participants with evidence of completing two consecutive days with up to date passport complete with photograph. The stamps for this event DO NOT count for IML awards.
New candidate information
General Information new candidate for IML membership, to be voted on next may at general meeting in Chantonnay; Beijing International Mountain Walking Festival
IML Walkers are reminded that to qualify for an award they must participate in every day of the event and complete the IML march/walk. Some events will have distances less than 20KM per day these are not IML events for persons under the age of 70 (see Constitution). For example a Four Day event all four days must be walked, a three day event all three days and a two day event 2 days to achieve the IML award.
IML Walkers are also reminded that when claiming awards the IML passport, complete with Photograph must be personally presented to the IML Awards desk in order that the details can be verified. Passports presented by persons other than the owner will be rejected. It would also be helpful before the event to inform the event organiser which award will be required. This is particularly appropriate when taking part in a new IML event.
Diekirch experience and a new Secretary General
2nd 3rd June 2012 Diekirch – 25th Anniversary of IML Walking Association A remarkable experience for all involved in celebrating 25 years of IML, 45 Years of Marche de l’Armée and end of an era for Secretary General, Dirk de Boever. Dirk has completed 3 terms of Office as Sec Gen of IML the maximum allowed under IML rules. He has carried out the duties with quiet efficiency and is a respected member of IML. At the General Meeting last October in Barcelona delegates and board members from 25 different countries unanimously agreed to award Honorary membership of IML to Dirk in recognition of his loyal and consistent service.
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Hospitality at Diekirch for the celebrations was excellent as expected. On Friday evening delegates and walkers from around the world gathered in Diekirch to meet each other and prepare for the two day walks.Saturday started off quite wet in the morning but the weather improved as the day went on. Delegates and dignitaries gathered for a reception on Saturday and a large cake was produced to celebrate 25 Years of IML.
Sunday was a good day too. At the Closing Ceremony President Ron Hendriks thanked Dirk for his service and introduced Peter Boulden to the walkers. He also congratulated the organisers of Marche de l’Armée for a well organised event celebrating 45 years of walking in Luxembourg.
Amongst the various IML awards made at the ceremony was apresentation of New awards for walkers with more than 75 series (225 walks) to Bert & Ehlse.
Change in date Bern 2013, Switzerland
The 54th two-day march in Bern will be held on 8-9 June 2013 and not as previously advertised. Go to our Calendar for all up to date IML information.
Welcome to Linnémarschen Walking Event 2012 the largest walking event in Sweden!
New IML member The Walks in Borås, Sweden are particularly recommended to IML walkers as a new walking experience in beautiful countryside with traditional Swedish hospitality. The weekend of 28-29 April 2012 was the date for the very successful IML Walking Association’s first time in Sweden. Many good reports have been received and the event was enjoyed by many worldwide walkers.
The IVV will organize his first "Europiade" from 7 till 9 september 2012. The starting places are Irrel in Germany and Echternach in Luxembourg. (Germany- Luxembourg border) The distances are from 5 km on until 42 km. The IML will give an IML stamp and the IML walker will be able to purchase the IML bar " IVV Europiad ". The IML rules are the same as in the IVV Olympiad in Turkye. For more info please visit www.europa-wandert.eu
"The IVV Asia will organize his first "Asianpiad" from 25 till 27 May 2012. The starting place is Suncheon in Taiwan. The distances are from 5km on till 42km. The IML will give an IML stamp and the IML Walker will be able to purchase the IML bar "IVV Asianpiad". The IML rule is that the walker has to walk 20km at least two days to have an IML stamp.
Decision of Vancouver (USA)
No longer member of IML regretfully a decision has been made by the organisers in Vancouver USA and confirmed in writing on 3rd October for that organisation to withdraw from IML membership. It is always a sad time when a recognised International event ceases to exist and the good wishes of all IML delegates are extended to the committee involved in the Discovery Walks which were enjoyed by many visitors over the years.
New awards for walkers with more than 75 series (225 walks)
A participant entitled to these awards must inform the organizer in advance of taking part and is responsible for the purchase of the award from the organizer.
On completion of the 225th walk (75 series of Three) the walker is entitled to a new medal with 1 star
For the 300th walk, same medal with 2 stars
For the 375th walk, same medal with 3 star and the third star surrounded by a laurel
For the 450th walk, same medal with 1 crown
For the 525th walk, same medal with 2 crowns
For the 600th walk, same medal with 3 crowns and the third crown surrounded by a laurel
The numbering of the series will be continued in the normal manner ( eg 228th Walk 76 Series – Numeral No 1 can be purchased.
Criteria to become a Global Master Walker
A participant completing 75% or 10 IML walks (whichever is the lesser) in each IML region is entitled to the Global Walker clip and certificate. These can only be presented at any IML WALKING ASSOCIATION event (note that no walk shall be used twice to qualify). Procedure: The walker has to present his IML passports "in person" and ALL passports have to be complete. (Name, address and picture of the walker in all passports) No exceptions will be tolerated. Example in the current situation: We have now 25 IML members divided between 17 in the European Region and 8 in the Pan Pacific Region. A "Global Walker" is someone who has done: 75 % of the European IML walks is 12: 10 different walks have to be done in the European Region. 75 % of the Pan Pacific IML walks: is 6 different Pan Pacific walks. If the Pan Pacific region becomes 10 members in the future than the walker has to do 8 different Pan Pacific walks, etc.. till 10 is also reached.