US FREEDOMWALK Festival
What is an IML Event
History of the IML
The IML has a rich history that started very early in the twentieth century. Read about the formation of the league through more than a hundred years of history here.
The genesis of non-competitive walking events is the Nijmegen Vierdaagse. It is clearly, at that moment, the oldest and largest event of this nature in the world, with a history dating back to 1909.
The 60’s & 70’s
Due to the success of that event and because more and more foreign walkers were participating in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, the Dutch organization KNBLO helped to get similar events established in other European countries, starting at the end of the 1960's and the beginning of the 1970's.
In that period the International Two days Marches of Flanders (Belgium) started, the Haervesjmarchen in Denmark, La Marche de l'Armée in Diekirch (GD Luxembourg), International Four days marches Castlebar (Ireland) and Two days Marches of Bern (Switzerland).
In 1977, the Japan Walking Association established the Japan Three Day March. This was the first multi-day walking event to be held in Japan. This also represented a major breakthrough as it meant that organized non-competitive walking events were no longer exclusive to Europe.
In 1986 several Multi-Day Walking Event Organizations with a common interest (all more days walking events, which approved of the idea to organize a multi-day walking event) met each other in Papendal, Arnhem in the Netherlands, in order to discuss the possibility of founding some form of International Walking League.
Let’s form a league
The countries represented were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, GD Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland. There was agreement at that meeting to form such a league.
Name and members
In 2006 the International Marching League as change her name in International Walking Association ( better knowing as the IML). Since then the IML is growing steadily.
IML Awards - ARE YOU READY FOR A CHALLENGE?
For the IML stamp, the walker has to walk EACH day of the event at least 20 km.
Children under 10, adults 70 and over and anyone with disabilities are eligible (if the IML event has an official distance of at least 10km and less then 20km) one is eligible for an IML Stamp.
The walker buys an International Walker Passport after their first IML walk and may purchase the bronze medal.
After obtaining stamps from three different IML events on the first page of the passport, the walker may purchase the number 1.
After completing the second series of three different walks (see second page), the walker may purchase the number 2.