Drentse Wandelvierdaagse Odoorn

From Ascension Day to the following Sunday, you can walk in the beautiful nature of Southeast Drenthe. This part of the Netherlands with its tranquility, endless space and picturesque villages, means that you can get away from it all.

If you participate in the Drentse Wandel 4-daagse, you can walk 10, 15, 20, 30 or 40 km for one, two, three or four days. Alone, with friends, with the whole family or together with your dog. Those who travel 30 or 40 km. walking, often do this as training for Nijmegen or Apeldoorn.

Odoorn, Netherlands
From May 18 to
May 21, 2023
5 days
/ 20 routes
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Landscape: Countryside
Drenthe Hiking 4-day
PO Box 3, 7873 ZG Odoorn.
0591 51 23 45


Drentse Wandelvierdaagse Odoorn

Distances:  10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 km per day.

Start and finish location:  Torenweg, next to No. 20, Odoorn (free parking)

Start time:

  • 40 km 07:00 – 09:00
  • 30 km 08.00 – 10.00 hrs
  • 20 km 09.00 – 11.00 hrs
  • 15 km 10am-12pm
  • 10 km 10am-12pm


  • The routes allow you to enjoy the beautiful nature on the Hondsrug in Southeast Drenthe. The routes run through forests, moors and farmlands.
  • It is pleasant at the start and break locations, there is often (live) music and all kinds of refreshments are available.
  • The tours are seen by many as the perfect preparation for the four days in Apeldoorn and Nijmegen.
  • If you finish all four days, this achievement will be rewarded with a medal.

If you cannot attend every day, you can also join us for one, two or three days.

Odoorn, Netherlands


Drentse Wandelvierdaagse Odoorn

Registration fee is due for participation. The registration fees are determined annually by the Foundation Board and are listed on the website. When determining the registration fees for the DW4D, a distinction is made between the following categories:

  • Pre-subscribers and non-pre-subscribers;
  • Members and non-members of the KWBN and foreign walking associations;
  • Young people aged 6 to 17, who participate in the DW4D;
  • Adults over 18 who participate in the DW4D.


Drentse Wandelvierdaagse Odoorn

Kennedy March

If you are a well-trained long-distance walker, you can opt for the 80 km Kennedy March. This starts on Wednesday evening before Ascension Day at 10 p.m. At night you walk the first 40 km and then another 40 km during the day. The day route is equal to the 40 km of the 1st day of the Drentse Wandel 4-daagse.

Kennedy March Plus

Unique to Odoorn is the possibility to combine the Kennedy March with 1, 2 or 3 days of the Drentse Wandel 4-daagse. If you want to get the most out of this combination, you can participate in the Kennedymars-Plus of 200 km. You will first walk the 80 km Kennedy March. and then another 3 days of 40 km. The start is on the Wednesday before Ascension Day at 10 p.m. and the finish on the following Sunday at the latest at 5 p.m.

Death Walk

Because the Kennedy March will take place for the 20th time in 2022, a Dodentocht will be organized in 2022 as an extra long-distance walk. Complete a 100 km walk in 22 hours. For the real mile-eaters!


  1. The objective of the DW4D Foundation is:
    • primarily organizing a four-day walking tour (DW4D), possibly supplemented with special tours such as a Kennedy march (80 km) or a Dodentocht (100 km). The start and finish is on Torenweg, near number 20 in Odoorn.
    • Secondly, promoting walking sports in general and making the aforementioned walking tours attractive by organizing side activities during the event
  2.  The event takes place annually during the “Ascension weekend”. The official opening is on the Wednesday evening before Ascension Day at 10 p.m. The start of the special tours will therefore take place: the Kennedy March at 10 p.m., Dodentocht at 8 p.m. 3
  3. Ascension Day is the first walking day of the DW4D and the following Sunday the fourth walking day. The event closes on Sunday afternoon.
  4. The walking tours have the character of recreation. No competition element has been added.
  5.  Walking is defined as “moving at a moderate pace in such a way that one of the feet alternately touches the ground.”
  6. During the walking tours it is not allowed, under penalty of disqualification, to:
    • express any political or religious affiliation in any way;
    • behave offensively or cause any form of nuisance towards other participants and/or the public;
    • wear visible advertising objects, except with the permission of the route leader;
    • carrying loud sound carriers (radios, music apps on phones, etc.).
  7. Hikers are recommended to prepare physically for the hikes and to walk the distance that suits their physical condition. When participating in the longer distances, it is also recommended to submit to a (sports) inspection in advance.
  8. With the DW4D it is allowed to bring prams and pushchairs on the 10 kilometer routes.
  9. At the DW4D it is allowed to take dogs “short” on a leash at all distances, provided they do not hinder other walkers. Violation of this rule (leash dogs) will result in disqualification.
  10. Near the site of the walking four days, there are free parking spaces for bicycles, motorbikes and cars. The parking of campers on this site is not allowed. The DW4D Foundation is in no way liable for damage or loss.
  11. Parking along the public roads in the immediate vicinity of the event site is not allowed.
  12. Commercial activities on the event site are only allowed after obtaining written permission from the board.
  13. The DW4D Foundation does not provide or arrange accommodation for participants. The Foundation does mention addresses of hotels and campsites. B&B, bungalow and recreation parks on its brochure and on the website www.dw4d.nl obtained through sponsorship.
  14. The activities that the DW4D Foundation organizes in and around the start building on the event site are freely accessible to everyone.
  15. Photographs will be taken during the event on behalf of the organization. Photos that are placed on the website www.dw4d.nl may be used by the DW4D Foundation for its own purposes. If you object to this, you must inform the organization in advance.



Registration fee is due for participation. The registration fees are determined annually by the Foundation Board and are listed on the website. When determining the registration fees for the DW4D, a distinction is made between the following categories:

  • Pre-subscribers and non-pre-subscribers;
  • Members and non-members of the KWBN and foreign walking associations;
  • Young people aged 6 to 17, who participate in the DW4D;
  • Adults over 18 who participate in the DW4D.



  1. Pre-registration is possible from December 1 to two weeks before the start of the event and is only possible by immediate payment via iDeal or on condition that a one-time direct debit authorization has been issued upon registration.
  2. Pre-registration is done digitally via www.dw4d.nl. The services of Inschrijven.nl are used for this. Both the DW4D and Inschrijven .nl use a website with a secure connection.
  3. After the pre-registration period (see C1) has expired, registration is only possible in/at the start building on the event site by submitting a fully completed registration form. This form is available on the DW4D website and is also available at the registration desk. The condition is an appropriate cash payment or debit card payment.
  4. You can register during the event at the following times:
    • on the Wednesday preceding from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.;
    • on one of the following walking days until 2 hours after the earliest start time of the distance concerned;
    • for the special distances up to half an hour before the start of the relevant distance.
  5. When registering for the DW4D for the first time, the walker receives a personal start number. This starting number will be kept in the following years. After participating, at the beginning of the following year, you will automatically receive a mailing announcing the next four days.
  6. When registering, participants will be asked for name and address details, as well as an email address and date of birth. When registering, a date of birth is required to determine the correct rate for participation. The date of birth of the participant is also necessary to obtain a difference between participants with the same name. The personal data will only be used by DW4D for the necessary sending of mailings. The personal data will not be provided to third parties.
  7. The information requested at registration is stored online and is only accessible to board members of the DW4D by means of a login method with 2-factor authentication. The personal data and the associated start number of the participants will be removed from the system 3 years after the last participation.
  8. Registration of a group is only possible if the group members are registered individually or by means of a list with the following data:
    • name, address and date of birth of the individual participants;
    • the number of times registered;
    • the start number with previous participation.



  1. Participation in the 10, 15 and 20 km is not linked to age.
  2. Participation in the 30 km and 40 km of the DW4D is possible if you are 12 years or older during the event. Under the age of 12, participation is only allowed under supervision.
  3. When participating in the special distances, a minimum age of 18 years applies. Under the age of 18, participation is only allowed under supervision.
  4. After the registration fee has been collected, the “pre-registrants” will receive a receipt for the stamp card by email, stating the personal start number and other relevant information.
  5. Pre-registrants will receive a stamp card before the start of the relevant distance on presentation of the collection receipt sent. The description of the route is also provided.



  1. The start times are Thursday to Sunday:
    • 40 km route between 7am-9am;
    • 30 km route between 8.00-10.00;
    • 20 km route between 9am-11am;
    • 15 km route between 10am-12am;
    • 10 km route between 10am-12am;
  2. The start time of the special distances differs per distance:
    • Kennedy March (80 km) starts at 10 p.m. on the Wednesday evening before Ascension Day;
    • Dodentocht (80 km) starts at 20:00 on the Wednesday evening before Ascension Day.
  3. One has actually started if the stamp card has been stamped at the start.
  4. Under penalty of disqualification, it is not allowed to start earlier than indicated under points 1 and 2 above.
  5. Checkpoints along the routes are set up and closed at times related to the start times of the different routes and geared to the expected average walking speed.


  1. The routes are clearly visible with arrows and indicated by distance:
    • The first 40 km of the Kennedy March are walked at night. During the second 40 km you walk during the day on the route of the 40 km DW4D;
    • The first 60 km of the Dodentocht I walk in the evening and at night. The remaining 40 km are walked during the day on the route of the 40 km of the DW4D;
    • Picket posts with orange heads fitted with flashing lights mark the route in the evening and at night. You must ensure that you are clearly visible yourself.
  2. Descriptions of the routes are included in the route booklet or are provided separately.
  3. When walkers on the route have to use the public road, they should walk on the left as much as possible.
  4. Smoking is not allowed in forests and nature reserves.
  5. It is urgently requested not to leave any waste along the route, other than in the waste containers provided for this purpose. Waste containers are available at the checkpoints.
  6. The route leader is directly responsible for the organization along and on the routes.
  7. Checkpoints are indicated in advance and made known. The stamp card must be stamped at the checkpoints.
  8. First aid/RK posts have been set up at some checkpoints on the routes. The Central First Aid Post is open on the event site and during the walking days (Thursday to Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  9. Catering establishments along the routes basically serve as rest areas. Where necessary, mobile rest areas with points of sale will be used.
  10. Each distance is associated with an annually predetermined number of stamp posts. Upon arrival at the finish, the last stamp of that day must be placed.
  11. In the absence of one or more stamps, one is regarded as a dropout.
  12. All walking days, participants in the DW4D can have their stamp card stamped at the finish tables between 12:00 and 17:00. Participants in the special distances can do so on Thursdays between 12:00 and 18:00.
  13. Walkers who reach the finish after 5 pm or who do not report to the finish before 5 pm are considered a dropout. The same applies on Thursday after 6 p.m. for participants in the special distances.
  14. The participants of the DW4D can have the IVV card and the walking booklet stamped on Sunday by showing the stamp card at the relevant stand on the event site. They are not taken in advance.


  1. Upon reaching the finish on the fourth walking day between 12:00 and 17:00, the participant in the DW4D will receive a medal or decoration upon presentation of the full stamp card. The same applies to walkers participating in the special distances when they reach the finish on Thursday between 12:00 and 18:00. This applies to Kennedymars-Plus walkers when they reach the finish on Sunday between 12:00 and 17:00.
  2. For hikers who have not completely completed the tours, a certificate by name is available upon presentation of their stamp card.
  3. A certificate is available on request for dogs that have walked all or part of the tours with their guide. This request must be made at the time of registration.


  1. The DW4D Foundation accepts no responsibility or financial liability in any way for:
    * injuries, accidents and/or illness arising during the event;
    * damage to and theft of property belonging to third parties (walkers, escorts and the public) on the routes, on the event site, including the starting building and the parking areas;
  2. Refunds of paid registration fees are made according to the following conditions:
    * up to 28 days before the start of the event: 100% refund, 0% cancellation costs.
    * up to 14 days before the start of the event: 50% refund, 50% cancellation fee
    * 13 days or less before the start of the event: 0% refund, 100% cancellation fee.
  3. Cancellation costs as described above will be charged to compensate the costs already incurred by us such as printing, administration and shipping costs.
  4. If, in the opinion of the Foundation Board, a walker is physically unable to participate in the walking tours, the Board reserves the right to point this out to the walker and, in extreme cases, to refuse participation.
  5. Unless otherwise stated, the Foundation Board is entitled to issue a warning in the event of violation of one or more of the conditions set out in these regulations. Repeated warnings will result in disqualification.
  6. Contrary to paragraph 2 of this chapter H, if the event or parts thereof are canceled due to extraordinary circumstances, the foundation board will decide whether and, if so, to what amount, the registration fee can be refunded.
  7. Extraordinary circumstances are any circumstance or set of circumstances caused by external factors that are so unforeseeable or unavoidable that the safety (in the broadest of the word) of (the organization of) the event and whether the participants cannot be guaranteed. In this situation(s), the board is at all times authorized to take adequate and appropriate measures and have them implemented with immediate effect.
  8. In all cases not provided for in these regulations, the foundation board decides.
  9. By paying the registration fees, these regulations are accepted without any