The IML Walking Association, until 2006 the International Marching League (IML), is a
non-profit organization which promotes recreational walking in the form of international
non-competitive multi-day walking events („marches“) in its member countries. The motto of the
organization is Nos iungat ambulare („May walking bring us together“).
IML has its origins in the annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen,
Netherlands, organized by the Dutch KNBLO (now the KWBN). The success of this event and the
increasing number of foreign walkers led, from the late 1960s, to the KNBLO helping to set up
similar annual events in other countries. These include Hærvejsmarchen in Viborg, Denmark; Marche
international de Diekirch in Diekirch, Luxembourg; the International Four Days Walks in Castlebar,
Ireland; and the Two Days March of Bern, Switzerland. In 1977 the Japan Walking Association
established the Japan Three Day March, the first annual non-competitive walking event outside
Europe. In 1986 the multi-day walking event organizations of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland,
Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland agreed to form the International Marching League,
which was officially founded in 1987. Since then, membership has steadily increased, with the United
Kingdom represented by the International Waendel Walk in Wellingborough since 1990, and new events
organised in the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2006, the general meeting of the participating organizations decided to take the
current IML Walking Association title.(Wikipedia)
The following table contains the IML member states, the place and date of the march.
Links to the march organizer's website can be found on the IML website
The board of IML is very happy to announce that the Marbella 4Days Walking (NPO) / Spain has
joined the IML family. Our best congratulations to the organisers of the Marbella 4days and we wish
them every success.
The Marbella 4Days Walking is celebrating the 10th edition of its event this year (from 7th to 10th
of October 2021). In Marbella this year you can get the IML stamp as well as the IML & IVV stamp.
Marbella is an additional event in Spain and will contribute significantly to making IML walking
even more attractive.
10. – 11. 9
15. – 16. 10
28. – 29. 5.
30. 4. – 1. 5.
24. – 25. 4.
23. – 24. 4.
25. – 26. 9.
24. – 25. 9.
30. 6. – 3. 7.
11. – 12. 6.
2. – 3. 10.
1. – 2. 10.
1. – 2. 2.
26. – 29. 5.
7. – 8. 8.
6. – 7. 8.
7. – 10. 10.
19. – 22. 7.
17. – 19. 9.
16. – 18. 9.
12. – 14. 8.
28. – 29. 8.
27. – 28. 8.
25. – 26. 6.
14. – 15. 5.
Pan Pacific Region
16. – 17. 10.
15. – 16. 10.
11. – 12. 9.
10. – 11. 9.
27. – 28. 3.
26. – 27. 3.
15. – 16. 5.
4. – 6. 11.
10. – 21. 11.
19. – 20. 11.
20. – 21. 3.
19. – 20. 3.
San Antonio (USA)
19. – 20. 2.
13. – 14. 11.
12. – 13. 11.
29. – 30. 10.
Yatsushiro City (JP)
13. – 15. 5.
Last update from September 10th, 2021, informations about cancelled
events is from August 2nd, 2021.
Informations about cancelled events (Coronavirus COVID-19 disease outbreak) also on page
As you know, the coronavirus is
spreading around the world, how it develops in different countries and what measures are being taken by, among others, the
governments, is variable. This is different by country and by situation. If you want to travel to an
IML event, we advise you to visit the website of the event in question in advance. We advise you
also to check which travel advice has been issued for the country concerned.
Website of the Ministry of Health Czech Republic – https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en
The IML Walking Association promotes a series of walking events in 29 countries,
subdivided into the European Region (including Israel) and the Pan Pacific Region (including Canada
and the USA). Normally, there is only one authorized IML event per member country, but a second can
be accepted under certain conditions, in particular if it is held at a sufficient distance from the
first and in a different topography. New member events can be admitted if they have been held for
three years and offer routes over a minimum distance of 20 km per day. They are first accepted as a
candidate event and then as a member event by the IML General Meeting. Some events have been
discontinued in the meantime.
Walkers participating in IML affiliated events may buy a „passport“ in which successful
participation is recorded, and may also obtain medals and certificates based upon the number of
completed walks. Each walking event has a minimum duration of two days, with a minimum daily
distance of 20 km to count towards IML awards. Disabled walkers and their compagnions are entitled
to get IML awards. Walkers older than 70 years or children up to 10 years + adult accompaniment or
disabled walkers as well as their compagnions must complete every day of the event at least 10 km. Most events also offer walks over shorter and longer
In the tradition of the Four Days Marches of Nijmegen which started as a training
event for the Dutch military, the IML events are also attended by military units.(Wikipedia)
International Walking Association – IML