A gold Coloured Badge with a diameter of 20 mm at its widest point. Made by W. van Veluw.
In 2006, due to exceptionally hot conditions in which two walkers died, the March was cancelled after the first day. Due to this early abandonment, no medals were awarded for the year. The Vierdaagse Board therefore authorised a special souvenir for the 43,141 walkers who started on Tuesday, including the 1,021 who dropped out during the day.
The badges were posted to all participants in December 2006.
The souvenir badge was designed by goldsmith Wilma Coehoorn from Nijmegen, combining elements that played an important part in that year’s Vierdaagse. The background symbolises the sun that made the March so hot, the frame representing both sweat experienced on the March and the tears shed after the cancellation of final three days. The separate and combined elements are shown below: