06-08-08

DODENTOCHT BORNEM IN AANTOCHT

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HET ZO BEGEERDE KRUISJE VAN DE DODENTOCHT,DAARVOOR DOEN WE HET, WIE HET EINDE KAN HALEN, HEEFT HET IN ZIJN OF HAAR BEZIT.

HET VERHAAL VAN 5 AMERIKANEN DIE IN 1997 DEELNAMEN AAN DE DODENTOCHT.

It was like a nightmare. There was an eternity of people in front of you, and an eternity of people behind you. No one had any idea where they were going, and all had long since forgotten from where they came. All anybody knew was that they must continue walking. Nobody communicated with each other except for the hollow stare acknowledging each other's misery. The only thing on a person's mind was gathering enough will power to make the next step.
This is the story of five Americans
at the
"Death March" of Bornem, Belgium

The  Death March is a yearly 100 kilometer hike starting from Bornem, Belgium. Participants have 24 hours to finish. Half of the people who start never make it to the end. Those who do are grimacing with pain from the multiple blisters on each foot or the knees that just do not want to work anymore.

Why would someone want to put themselves through such misery? The satisfaction of completing such a daunting challenge is the reason for most. This is the story of five Americans who sought out that challenge on 15 August, 1997.

The participants

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from left to right
MICHAEL KAMPRATH,MONICA WILCOX,LORI MERLAK,LONNY MERLAK,MICK WILCOX. 

When we arrived in Bornem, Belgium, we still had about 3 hours until the walk began. We first scoped out the area, then some of us tried to catch a few minutes of sleep while others tried in vain to prepare their feet for the walk.

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Prior to actually starting the walk, we all had to register. The cost to participate was BEF 650, while you could optionally pre-purchase a meal at the 50 km midpoint for another BEF 200. Upon registering, you were issued a "start card" which would be used to track your progress and eventually prove that you indeed do the 100 km walk.

There was about 5200 people who started the Dodentocht. The start of the race was in the middle of Bornem. The participants were "paraded" down the main street while many more onlookers watched.

The race started at 21.00 on 15 August 1997. So soon after we started, our hiking was in the dark. This wasn't too much of a problem as most of our paths were lighted.

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There were a few stops along the way. At these stops, we got to rest, drink water, and eat some small snacks provided by the Dodentocht organizers. Also, at these stops our control badge was either stamped or scanned into a computer which then registered our time.

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Halfway through the march there was a special rest area where breakfast was served and most people took a prolonged break. Some people even sought medical attention for the blisters starting to form on their feet

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Finally, upon finishing nearly 23 hours later, we were presented with a flower and a small medal commemorating our walk.

finish

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DEZE TAFERELEN AAN VOETEN ZIJN EEN MUST BIJ DE DODENTOCHT.








 

Commentaren

Ludo Je hebt dat terug schitterend gedaan. We hebben je gevolgd via de "tracking".
Een heel dikke proficiat!

Gepost door: betty spencer | 09-08-08

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