Go marching with the Luxembourg army
(CS) If you are looking for a challenge this weekend, you can join the Luxembourg army on its hike through the north of the country on May 30 and 31.
Every year, between 6,000 and 8,000 hikers join the soldiers on their annual march, which goes into its 48th edition in 2015 under a new name. Formerly called the “Marche de l'Armée” the event is now dubbed “Marche internationale de Diekirch”. The new moniker comes after a change in organisation, with the army only taking on a supporting role.
Anyone interested in taking part can register in one of four categories. For the most ambitious, there is an 80 kilometre route, split into 40 kilometres each on Saturday and Sunday. A 40 kilometre course (20 kilometres on both days) is also available. Category C describes a 20 kilometre hike on either Saturday or Sunday.
For these three categories, registration is 15 euros.
Additionally, there are 12 kilometre hikes available on Saturday and Sunday for a registration fee of 1.50 euros.
The starting point for the event is the “Al Seeërei” in Diekirch, where entertainment will kick off on Friday at 3pm with live music. Throughout the weekend there will be bands performing from 7am until late. For a detailed programme click here.
On top of being a sporting challenge, the hike is also a way to see some of Luxembourg's beautiful landscape in the north and visit some villages, as the hike takes in Bastendorf, Fouhren, Vianden, Bettel, Longsdorf, Brandenbourg, Koeppenhaff, Erpeldange, Friedhof, Bürden, Bettendorf, Folkendange, Medernach, Nommern, Schrondweiler, Stegen and Clemenshof, depending on the category chosen.
Check points, rest areas with refreshments and first aid posts are set up along the different routes. Limited spaces to join the hike will remain available early on the day the event kicks off.
Registration for accommodation at the tent village needs to be submitted by May 29. Hikers not wishing to sleep in the tent village need to make their own arrangements for other accommodation.
For full details visit marche.lu