15,500 walkers enjoy light show Fjoertoer Egmond
EGMOND AAN ZEE – A record number of 15,500 walkers enjoyed the light show Fjoertoer Egmond on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26. Sports organization Le Champion’s unique evening walk event took place over two days for the first time this year and introduced Heiloo to new routes over 20, 16, 12 and 6 km. Both days participants could enjoy great walking weather and spectacular acts along the way. €6,000 was donated to charity: KRNM Egmond and Reddingsbrigade Egmond.
The organization has chosen to shorten the distances to 12, 16 and 20 km so that walkers can take more time to enjoy the impressive and surprising (light) acts along the routes. Only the Family Fjoertoer (6 km), remained in its old familiar format. The new, shorter distances caused walkers to fall from one spectacle into another.
The Fjoertoer Wildlife theme obviously provided much inspiration for the artists, residents, participants and performers. Walkers could already enjoy flying, luminous butterflies and octopuses from a great distance, were surprised by a fire-breathing dragon, and the riding school in Heiloo was completely transformed into a jungle. At the end of the walk, all walkers finished at De Werf, past the illuminated van Speijk lighthouse. Saturday night was closed in style with a special finish party at Hotel Zuiderduin.
Who is the Fjoerste?
Not only did the walkers and organizers pack big, residents along the route pulled out all the stops to make the event a success. A special resident election will be held during the event to declare the “Fjoerste huis. This year, eight houses participated in the election. In addition, hundreds of residents had decorated their homes and stood along the route.
From the first edition, KNRM Egmond and the Egmond Rescue Brigade have been the charity of the event. At registration, walkers could make a donation to the cause. The check was presented prior to commencement. The check showed a wonderful record amount of €6,000. Also at the event, KNRM and the Egmond Rescue Brigade were again highly visible with a creation on the beach.
In 2023, the 9th edition of the Fjoertoer Egmond will take place on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25. General registration opens Tuesday, June 20. Members can register earlier from June 5 to 18.