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Sunday, September 11, 2005

De 80 van de Langstraat

Yesterday evening at 9.00pm European time a few thousand people set off on the 25th 80 km walk, namely the '80 van de Langstraat' (also know as the 'Kennedy March') through the villages and towns of North Brabant, Holland.

The name 'Kennedy March' comes from president Kennedy of the U.S.A. saying a healthy person should be able to walk 50 miles in 20 hours. Yeah right! I can't even walk 2 km.

The walk takes place once a year in September and only three thousand walkers are allowed to attempt it. There are 12 rest stops along the way, and 4 cafe's. Every person that crosses the finish line before 5.00pm today receives a certificate and a bouquet of flowers.

There are no photo's available yet from this years, so the pictures show one of the previous '80 van de Langstraat' walks.

The weather was absolutely atrocious. We'd had storms the night before, and the heavens were not going to let up. Clashes of thunder and lightening strikes lit up the sky, and the rain came down in buckets. Somehow, it didn't seem to dampen people's spirits, everyone continued to enjoy themselves despite the weather.

We drove down to the starting line to catch a glimpse of the idiots participants around 8.30pm. There were party tents everywhere stocked up with beer and snacks. Music blared out as if trying to drown out the storm, and the town was absolutely packed with supporters.

You've heard about bad hair days, well mine looked like I'd been pulled through a hedge backwards! rain drizzled down my eyes, my mascara ran, and my clothes were drenched. Yeah I forgot the umbrella, HA!

So anyway, later we decided to drive around for a while, before going for a snack. We must have drove a 10km radius and in each village there were party tents, people singing and dancing, fires burning, and everyone just enjoying themselves while they waited for the walkers to pass through.

The support was outstanding! I have never seen anything like it before. Kudo's to everyone that took part!


This day in history - September 11th 2001 -
Patriot Day. World Trade Center Remembrance.

In memory of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

President Bush has proclaimed September 11, 2001, Patriot Day and said the United States "will not tire, will not falter, and will not fail in fighting for the safety and security of the American people and a world free from terrorism. We will continue to bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to them. This Patriot Day, we hold steady to this task."

It's also 'Make Your Bed day' and 'National Grandparents Day'
Posted by Mandy :: Sunday, September 11, 2005 :: 10 Comments:

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