Event

Vaasan Marssi

Walking is arranged on marked routes with service at resting places (drinks and snacks).

Persons eligible to wear uniform are invited and encouraged to do so when participating in our event.

All participate at their own risk.

On Friday you can choose from three different routes. The first goes to the island area, which is a nature object on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage. The terrain is fairly difficult and about 20 km long (IML-distance). Registration not later than 27.7. The trip starts early in the morning from the Town hall (you will get your starting time when signing up in Rewell Center on Thursday night at the latest). The guides, the bus and boat tour and a traditional island meal (fishsoup) are included in the fee (35 € additional to the participation fee). The other routes on Friday, 10 km and 21 km, start 12.00 a.m. – 00.30 p.m. from the Market Place.

Archipelago_photo

The track can in some places be very nasty on the archipelago tour, see picture.

Advices for the archipelago tour

On Saturday and Sunday you can choose between four different routes, 10 km, 21 km, 30 km and 42 km, which all start from the Market Place. The routes of 10 km and 21 km start on Saturday at 9.30-10.00 a.m. and on Sunday at 8.00-10.00 a.m. The route of 30 km starts on both days at 7.30-8.00 a.m. and the route of 42 km at 5.30-6.00 a.m.

Registration

It is highly recommended that you register in advance, see ‘Application’. Registration at Rewell Center (2nd floor) by the Market Place; open before the event on Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11. Pick up your walking pass and instructions at the registration desk during opening hours or at the starting point when the registration desk is closed, see an attachment.

The opening festival

The opening festival takes place on Thursday. The flag parade starts from the Orthodox Church at 6.45 p.m. (no at 7 p.m.) Everyone is welcome to join the parade. Thursday night is also the ’Nights of Arts’ and there is much to watch and experience.

The finish

The finish is at Strampen with refreshments and programme each day for both walkers and spectators. Medals and diplomas are handed to walkers at Strampen on Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

Restaurant Strampen: www.strampen.com

Vaasan Marssi map

The walking event Vaasan Marssi has been confirmed as the Finnish representative in the International Marching League (IML). Vaasan Marssi has been granted both IML- and IVV-status, which means that walkers can acquire a walking passport and start collecting stamps from different walking events (cf. www.imlwalking.org and www.ivv-web.org).

A three day walk in Vaasan Marssi entitles to a stamp in the IML-passport. You must walk at least 20 km each day during the event (10 km if you are 70 years or older). Vaasan Marssi has its own unique medal that depicts the land uplift of the Ostrobothnian coast. To get the medal you will have to walk at least 20 km each day during the event (10 km if you are 70 years or older or a child under 10 years). When you participate for the second, third, fourth etc. time you get a corresponding number to attach to the ribbon of the medal.

Every participant is also entitled to a diploma from Vaasan Marssi.

 

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