International Marching League - Walking Association (IML-WA

IMLhe IML-WA is an organisation that makes an annual walking calendar (IML) that take place all over the world. Those walks have some common characteristics and a web-defined quality levels. Its aim is to spread the wealthy benefits of walking in the society. 

The organisations of the IML foresees, in Europe, that there will only be one walk included in the IML-calendar for each state. 
    
The Associació Caminada Internacional de Barcelona, together with the Ajuntament de Barcelona, began in 2003 the needed negotiations in order that the ACIB could be in the IML-WA and, also, in order that the International Walk of Barcelona could be included in the IML-WA calendar and, by doing this, to promote its diffusion all over the world. 

By June 2005, the ACIB, with the support of the Ajuntament de Barcelona, achieved the established requirements, and it sent its admission proposal to the General Secretary of the IML-WA in order that the International Walk of Barcelona could be included in the agenda of the Annual Assembly of the organisation. 

The IML-WA sent an invitation to the ACIB to officially introduce its proposal to the Assembly of 2005, that took place in Fulda (Germany), in September 29th and 30th. A delegation from Barcelona (with two members of the ACIB –Enric Francès and Josep M. Jerez_ and three members of the Institut Barcelona Esports of the Ajuntament de Barcelona –Gabriel Arranz, Laura Peña, and Joan Garcia- went to the Assembly in Fulda. 

During this Assembly, the ACIB introduced its proposal to become a member of the IML-WA. By the end of the Assembly, the General Secretary of the IML-WA communicated to the Catalan delegation that its proposal was accepted to be processed and that, from that moment on, the previously established procedure should be followed in order that the ACIB could be a member and that the International Walk of Barcelona could be included in its calendar. The next steps were as following: 

2006.- Two delegates from the IML-WA came to the International Walk of Barcelona. They wrote a favourable report about the walk and its organisation. Even though this, and because of non-clear reasons, the General Assembly of 2006 in Vancouver (USA) postponed its decision for the next year. Two members of the ACIB (Enric Francès and Josep M. Jerez) and one member of the Institut Barcelona Esports (Laura Peña) participated in this assembly. 

2007.- Another two delegates of the IML-WA came to the International Walk of Barcelona. They wrote a new favourable report about the walk and its organisation. This report could be presented in the General Assembly of 2007 that took place in Arenzano (Italy) in September 6th and 7th. The delegation from Barcelona was made of two members of the ACIB (Enric Francès and Josep M. Jerez) and two members of the Institut Barcelona Esports, of the Ajuntament de Barcelona (Gabriel Arranz and Laura Peña). 

This assembly approved the proposal and the ACIB became a member of the IML-WA. The International Walk of Barcelona was included in the IML calendar in the same year 2007. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

European region    

City 

Country 

2016 2017 2018
Gibona          Israel         08/09 April 24/25 March  
Böras Sweden 23/24 April 22/23 April  
Blankenberge Belgium 02/03 May 06/07 May 05/06 May
Wellingborough   Great Britain 09/10 May 13/14 May 12/13 May
Chantonnay France 05/08 May 25/28 May 10/13 May
Bern Switzerland 04/05 June 20/21 May 09/10 June
Diekirch Luxemburg 21/22 May 10/11 June 26/27 May
Vigor Danemark 25/26 June 24/25 June 23/24 June
Castlebar Ireland 30 June/03July 29/30 June  
Nimega Holand 19/22 July 18/21 July 17/20 July
Jurbarkas Lithuania 06/07 August 05/06 August  
Vaasa   Finland 12/14 August 11/13 August 10/12 August
Verdal Norway 27/26 August 26/27 August 25/26 August
Arenzano Italy 10/11 September 09/10 September 08/09 September
Seefeld Austria 16/18 September 15/17 September 14/16 September
Brno Chech Rep. 24/25 September 23/24 September 29/30 September
Fulda Germany 01/02 October 30Sept./01Octob. 06/07 October
Barcelona Catalonia 15/16 October 07/08 October 20/21 October

Pan Pacific region 

City  Country  2016 2017 2018
Rotorua New Zealand 15/16 March 18/19 de March  
Canberra Australia 02/03 April 01/02 April 07/08 April
Yatsushiro City  Japan 13/15 May 12/14 May 11/13 May
Dailan China 14/15 May 20/21 May  
Beijing
China 17/18 September 16/17 September 17/18 September
Arlington USA 15/16 October 21/22 October 20/21 October
Won - Ju Korea 29/30 October 28/29 October  
Higashimatsuyama  Japan 04/06 November 03/05 November 02/04 November
Taipei China 12/13 November 11/12 November  
Jogjakarta
Indonesian 19/20 November 18/19 November  

For more information about the walks that belong to the IML calendar, please consult the website:
http://www.imlwalking.org