The 48th edition of the Four Days of the Yser will take place between 17 and 20 August, 2021. Due to the corona crisis and the measures taken, the organisation of such events is currently forbidden.
We will try our best to set up the walking activities, possibly in an adapted form, as soon as permission is given. Additional information will be released on Facebook, Instagram, in our newsletter and on this page as soon as available.
As in previous years, all participants will receive an appropriate souvenir depending on the distances they walked. We distribute medals and medal bars on a five-year cycle. This means that you can obtain each type of medal only once during this five-year period. In the other years of the cycle, the participant only receives the annual medal bar. A walker who chooses a different combination of distances during this cycle that results in a different type of medal than the one previously received will of course receive a new medal in addition to the annual medal bar.
You can pick up the medal or trophy at the registration desk at the finish on your last walking day. It is understood that prizes will only be awarded after checking the scanning at the start, along the way and at the finish.
The souvenir you receive depends on the combination of the distances you have covered over several days. Each walker is entitled to only one souvenir:
Since 2005, the organisations of the two Belgian Defence marches, namely the European Walk of Remembrance and Friendship (Marche européenne du Souvenir et de l’Amitié – MESA) and the Four Days of the Yser, have joined forces to offer their most loyal participants an additional souvenir FREE of charge, in order to further highlight their performance.
Which souvenir did we choose?
We opted for a solid, matt, silver-coloured medal, presented in a luxurious box. It has a diameter of 5 cm and is engraved on both sides.
On the front side, you can see a combination of the medals of the two marches over a map of Belgium with the words “Marsen van Defensie – Marches de la Défense”. On the back side, the logo of the Belgian Defence is reproduced, with the inscription “Vierdaagse van de IJzer – Marche européenne du Souvenir et de l’Amitié”.
Who is eligible for this medal?
To be eligible for this unique medal, applicants must meet two conditions:
They must have participated in the MESA and the Four Days of the Yser in the same calendar year; For example, someone who participated in the Four Days of the Yser in 2016 and the MESA in 2017 (10 months apart) is not eligible to the medal.
They must have walked the entire 4 x 32 km each time. For example, a walker who gives up on the 3rd day of the MESA, but who covers the full distance during the Four Days of the Yser, or who completes the MESA, but only covers 16 km on the 4th day of the Four Days of the Yser, will not be eligible for the medal.
“I meet the conditions. How can I receive the medal?”
You can only submit your request by filling in the electronic form: click here.
If, after checking the split times of the two marches, it appears that you meet the conditions, we will send you the medal free of charge after 15 November.
Use this form to request the “Belgian Defence marches” medal.
The year and both start numbers are mandatory fields.
After examination of the participation, the medals will be sent in the course of November.
Vierdaagse van de IJzer vzw Kwartier "Kamp van Lombardsijde" Matrozenlaan 16 8620 Nieuwpoort Tel: 02/4423813 - 02/4423815