Kennedy March, Sittard

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Kennedy March, Sittard

Time: April 19, 2014 all day
Location: Holland, Belgium, Germany
City/Town: Sittard, Holland
Website or Map:…
Phone: 703-732-7724
Event Type: mars, march, walk, kennedy
Organized By: Ray Smith
Latest Activity: Apr 23

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Event Description

Join 3,000 plus walkers at a great regional event in Sittard,  the US Cycling Team's new, year-round training base. It's a one-day, 50 mile walk in three countries inspired by  Robert Kennedy's historic walk. Both took place in 1963. There was also a strong American presence at the 1987 March. FreeWalkers is coordinating with original walker and the 50-year, former director of this longest continuing Kennedy March, Ad Van Der Loo. No need to pre-register or pay until you arrive. You can sleep at the start location's Sport Hall or get free transportation, meals and lodging in provided by our Dutch hosts. Your leader lived 15 years in Europe and this is his 3rd Sittard walk. Interviewed for both print and media, he was honored to briefly speak to 3,000 walkers at the 2013 march's jubilee opening ceremony. Contact him for details on this and another  Holland March:  his 17th "Walk of the World" 4Days Marches, Nijmegen. See world-famous Keukenhof Gardens 

NOTE: Updated info on event and tour trip here.

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Comment by Hua Davis on April 23, 2014 at 1:09pm

4/19/2014 50.75 miles Kennedy walk from Holland to Germany to Belgium in 16:30 hrs (Moving time 15:45 hrs) with an avg speed of 3.2 mph. Max elevation 213 ft (Very happy to know that there was a place in the world more flat than Delaware). Total ascent 2938 ft, total descent 2838 ft. There were total 6000 people attended the event (Roughly 3000 people for the full 50miles and 3000 people for the 25 miles). The entire walking event was described as "The parties on the road". Besides food, water, candies, hot soup...were offered along the road by volunteers and local residences, the people there were singing, laughing, dancing, cheering...!! WOW..everyone was having a good time as part of celebration of the Easter holiday weekend. 
The three of us (Paul, Ray and myself from Freewalkers. org) seemed resembled the entire American people. We were greeted, treated as Dutch people special guests. What a incredible life time experience...!!!!

Thanks to Ray for planning and organizing the event !!!!

Comment by Paul Kiczek on April 22, 2014 at 9:20am

Oh yeah! A great experience and highly recommended for everyone. More pics and words to come as we re-enter our daily routines. The country and people are beautiful! But they take the term "pedestrian" to a whole other level.

Comment by Hua Davis on April 21, 2014 at 6:06pm

WOW! What an incredible experience!!! Beautiful weather, beautiful countries, beautiful people and FUN walking event!! 

Comment by Michael F De Voe on March 31, 2014 at 10:44am

Hey Ray, by accident I noted that I would attend this upcoming event. My apologies for that. 

Comment by Ray Smith on March 15, 2014 at 4:40pm

Hello all you good walker-talkers, I just received great news from my friend, Ad Van Der Loo: We now have families to host us while staying in Sittard for the 50-miler on Easter weekend. "They will also provide transport from and to the railway station in Sittard and to and from the Stadssporthal on 19 April . . .  offer you a breakfast and - if you like - appropriate meals." We also have the flexibility of arriving earlier or leaving a day later.  All for free. This certainly redefines the phrase "Dutch treat." Contact Ray to get assigned to a Dutch household.

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