IML Walking Association
The IML Walking Association (previously called the International Marching League) is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote well organised walking events of 2, 3 or 4 days duration all over the world, and encourage walkers to participate in other countries' walking events. It was founded in 1987 by the representatives of the eight "founder countries”: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Other countries have since joined the organisation, and two sub-groups have since been created, namely the European Region and the Pan Pacific Region.
The IML events are open to all and are non-competitive, with awards available to all who complete at least 20 km each day of the multi-day event (or 10 km each day for the over 70s), in accordance with the local rules of the event.
Many of our walkers have also completed other IML events overseas, and many have written reports for our newsletter over the years. So if you are thinking of walking overseas for the first time and want some good tips or advice check out our newsletter and blog archives, and feel free to post questions on our AussieWalk Facebook page.
On participating in your first IML walk, you may purchase an IML Walking Passport. Your name and date of birth must be filled in and a photograph inserted. On completion of any multi day IML walk (min. of 20 km/day or 10 km/day for the over 70s), a special stamp of that walk is put into the passport, and a Bronze IML Medal and Country Bar may be purchased. The medal is inscribed “Nos Iungat Ambulare” (“Let walking unite us”). Three stamps (from three different countries), on a single page constitute a “series”, and an entitlement to additional awards. The award system is further explained on the IML Walking Association website (see link below).
Calendar of IML Events:
The Canberra Walking Festival is the only IML walk held in Australia each year. A schedule of all the IML walks in other countries and their dates is available at the following (external) website, although I suggest you use that site to link directly to the actual event websites for the walks you are interested in completing: