Walking is healthy Marching is healthy: oxygen, movement,
personal choice of rhythm, speed, resting periods ….
Participation is being intensely appreciated by the organisers and
the public: It is just as important for trained athletes who run the
marathon just well as the family which walk the full 6 kilometres at
an easy pace.
Contact with other cultures
All walks are an international experience , a really pleasant
melting pot of cultures and nationalities (ten and more
nationalities from the different continents).
It is a real
pleasure to meet foreign people in your own country and to show
themdifferent unique, beautiful aspects, special landscapes and
share the way of life. It is also fascinating to walk in the other
countries talking with local people and observing the surroundings,
the villages, the way of live,… Walking is the best way to learn
respect for other people their culture, religion and way of life…
Neighbourhood and Environment
There is a great deal of interest in neighbourhood and environment
of each IML town and it's surroundings. Walkers can witness in a
natural way different activities such as agriculture, nature,
harbour, industry, tourism and city activities are being integrated
harmoniously in the environment.
walkers by example of good environmental behaviour is promoted at
resting stations and checkpoints especially in correct disposal or
recycling of waste, e.g. food, refuse, glass and tin cans.
Hopefully they use this information at home, work and during
leisure activities helping to provide sensible response to the
Different venues provide a variety of tourist experiences. During
walks participants can get acquainted with the beauty of the
unusual landscapes, villages and local culture etc.
Walking Events are an essential medium to promote new countries and
regions as good, interesting destinations becoming stimulation for
development of tourism.
Special attention by governments for walking
Nowadays more and more Governments and Local Authorities are taking
measures in their battle against an unhealthy way of life,
overweight, etc. … and are putting 'Sport for all' in the picture.
Walking is recognised as a gentle approach to fitness available to
most active people.
Prince Henri (Danmark) talks with the
representatives of the IML organizations in Viborg.