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Fun walks and you walk at your own pace. 5-km (1 hour) 10-km (2 hours) ask at start table if you want to walk with another walker. Come and have fun. Below is the long story of our walking sport "volkswalking or volksmarching" Just a fun walk that kept the German name. Come out and have fun!!! Please pay the walk fee of $3 to keep this site going. We are part of the AVA-America's Walking Clubs

The Maryland Volkssport Association sponsors and pays for this site. My Freestate club is an active volksmarch club in Maryland and we sponsor non-competitive walking events throughout the year. For information on all walks in Maryland and the metro area checkout http://www.mdvolks.org/freestate/ or go to our national website http://www.ava.org to find walks all over the USA. At the ava.org site find Events, then click on Maryland or State you are looking for a walk.

Just a note to remind everyone that we post these walks for everyone to decide if they would like to attend. We are unable to attend all of the walks but other walkers at the event will be happy to explain our sport or wait at the sign-in table and someone would be glad to walk with you. We are always at the Freestate events so look for Bill or Linda. Thanks.

The walks listed on the meet-up group are walks we will have members from Freestate attending. At each event we have a short trail that you can walk in about one (1) hour and we have a longer trail you can walk in about two (2) hours. OUR CLUB IS A MEMBER OF THE AVA: AMERICA'S WALKING CLUB, A NATIONAL, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROMOTES AN AWARENESS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. THE AVA IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION (IVV). FREESTATE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE MARYLAND VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION. - OUR WALKING EVENTS, USUALLY SCHEDULED ON WEEKENDS, ARE NOT CONTESTS OF SPEED OR ENDURANCE. THEY ARE NOT PLEDGE WALKS. THEY ARE FUN WALKS TO DO BY YOURSELF, OR WITH YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS, AT YOUR OWN PACE. ADEQUATE TIME IS ALLOWED TO FINISH THE EVENT. YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT EVENTS IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, ON THE INTERNET, OR BY ATTENDING SCHEDULED EVENTS AND PICKING UP BROCHURES ABOUT UPCOMING WALKS. EVENTS ARE LISTED ON THE INTERNET WWW.AVA.ORG. Leisure Walking and Hiking FREESTATE HAS A CLUB NEWSLETTER AND SPONSORS SEVERAL SOCIAL FUNCTIONS DURING THE YEAR and GROUP WALKS. PLEASE SEND US A EMAIL at wahasse1798@verizon.net for EXPLANATION OF VOLKSWALKING AND A CALENDAR OF EVENTS, VISIT THE AVA WEBSITE: WWW.AVA.ORG. OR FREESTATE’S AT http://www.mdvolks.org/freestate/ .

WHY DO WE WALK?
FOR FITNESS, FUN AND FRIENDSHIP. OUR EVENTS GIVE PARTICIPANTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THINGS THEY MIGHT MISS IF THEY DROVE, RATHER THAN WALKED, THROUGH AN AREA. OUR WALKING EVENTS ARE MANY THINGS, BUT ABOVE ALL THEY ARE JOINING WITH OTHER PEOPLE – ON A TRAIL, THROUGH A PARK OR HISTORICAL AREAS, OR RIGHT IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD --- FOR EXERCISE AND ENJOYMENT.

WHAT’S THE POINT?
OUR GOAL IS TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL FITNESS AND GOOD HEALTH BY ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE. OUR ACTIVITIES ARE GEARED TOWARD PROVIDING WHOLESOME RECREATION AND EXERCISE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, AS INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, AND FAMILIES.

DO I HAVE TO WALK FAST?
WALK AT YOUR OWN PACE: GO AS FAST OR AS SLOW AS YOU WANT. RUN OR POWER WALK IF YOU WANT TO BE MORE AEROBIC. STROLL IF YOU WISH. STOP TO PICNIC, SHOP, OR SIGHT SEE IF YOU WANT. SOME PEOPLE WALK WITH THEIR DOGS. JOGGERS ALSO WELCOME.

HOW FAR DO I HAVE TO WALK? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
MOST WALKS ARE 6.2 MILES (10-KM). A SHORTER OPTION OF 3.1 MILES (5-KM) AT A MODERATE PACE, IT TAKES MOST PEOPLE TWO HOURS TO WALK 10-KM AND ONE HOUR TO WALK A 5-KM TRAIL. MORE DIFFICULT TRAILS TAKE LONGER.
DO WE WALK IN THE RAIN?
EVENTS ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE, SO WALKERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF REASONABLE WEATHER.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
EACH WALK IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. EACH WALKER IS CHARGED A MODEST FEE FOR PARTICIPATION AT OUR EVENTS. THE FEE INCLUDES PARTICIPATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PROGRAM, WHICH RECOGNIZES ATTAINMENT OF SPECIFIED LEVELS OF CUMULATIVE EVENT AND DISTANCE TOTALS. A COMMEMORATIVE EVENT AWARD IS SOMETIMES AVAILABLE. IT COSTS A FEW DOLLARS MORE TO PURCHASE.
COMPLETE THE DISTANCE AND REDEEM OFFICIAL RECORD BOOKS AT ESTABLISHED MILESTONES FOR AN ATTRACTIVE CERTIFICATE, PATCH, AND HATPIN TO RECOGNIZE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT. EVERYONE IS A WINNER!
EVENT RECORD BOOKS
STAMPED ONCE FOR EACH EVENT NO MATTER WHICH DISTANCE WALKED OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU COMPLETE THE TRAIL. REDEEM AT MILESTONES: 10 EVENTS, 30 EVENTS, 50 EVENTS, ETC.
AT EACH EVENT, BY PAYING THE MODEST CREDIT FEE OF $3 YOU GET BOTH BOOKS STAMPED AND PROVIDE FUNDS TO CONTINUE OUR WALKING SPORT.

Upcoming events (5+)

College Park Airport in College Park "Riversdake Park Walk"

College Park Airport - CGS

3/23/2019 - 3/23/2019 City / State: College Park, MD Event Name: College Park Riversdale Park Walk Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 5/10k - 1A Description: 5 and 10k trails are both rated 1A flat and on paved sidewalks and paths: The walks start at the new operations building at the College Park Airport. When entering be sure to look for the art work celebrating the Wright Brothers and their training of military pilots at the of College Park. The 5/10k trails walk through Northeast Branch trail and Town of College Park. The 10K trail also goes through the town of Riverdale Park, passing the Historic Riversdales Mansion and then along the Trolley Trail formally part of the B&O Railroad. Note: for wheelchairs and strollers all the trail is on paved paths or sidewalks. Every reasonable effort will be made to make this a safe, enjoyable, and memorable event. There will also be a 5k trail loop you can drive to that will go passed the Riversdale Mansion and along the Trolley Trail. Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Special Programs: Little Free Libraries, State Street Sashay, Take a Walk In a City Park, Underground Railroad, Walking the Path of Inventions Start Times: 9:30-12 finish by 3:30 Location: College Park Airport Start Point / Driving Directions: College Park Airport, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740 From 495: Take Exit 23 to MD 201 S/Hwy 201S/Kenilworth Ave. towards Greenbelt. Turn right onto Campus Drive. Turn right on Corporal Frank Scott Drive. Drive to end into College Park Airport and straight into parking lot* From Route 1 Heading South. Turn right onto Campus Drive. Turn Left onto Corporal Frank Scott Drive end into College Park Airport and straight into parking lot*. From Route 1 Heading North. Turn left onto Campus Drive. Turn Left onto Corporal Frank Scott Drive end into College Park Airport and straight into parking lot*. From College Park Metro Head, south cross River Rd. Left on 51st Street. Cross Campus Drive and continue Corporal Frank Scott Drive. Walk to end into Airport. Operations building is on your right, *Park in lot for Operations Building any spot marked for Airport Business. Please do not park in parking lot for Airport Museum. Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Comments: Host Club: Great Greenbelt Volksmarchers, Inc. Contact: Yvonne Pennington (301)[masked] W-Mail Contact: [masked]

Baltimore Walks in Downtown- Harbor East and Patterson Park

Future Care Canton Harbor

Sign in between 8 AM to 12 noon finish by 3 PM Dates: 3/30/2019 - 3/30/2019 City / State: Baltimore, MD Event Name: Downtown Baltimore - Harbor East Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 5K/10K/11K - 1A Description: Walk follows a waterfront trail to the Inner Harbor area. It tours Little Italy, Fells Point, and the Canton business and residential areas. Amenities: Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: hard | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Special Programs: This event doesn't have any special Programs assigned. Start Times: 8 AM to 12 PM. Complete the walk by 3 PM. Location: Future Care (Canton Harbor), 1300 So. Elwood Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224 Start Point / Driving Directions: Future Care (Canton Harbor), 1300 So. Elwood Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224. From I-95, take exit 57 (Baltimore Travel Plaza exit) to O'Donnell-Boston Sts. If you are coming from the south on I-95, you will need to be in the right lane of the Ft. McHenry tunnel as exit 57 is shortly after the toll plaza. At the traffic light for Boston St, turn west toward downtown Baltimore. Drive approximately one mile on Boston St. to the Future Care facility on the right at Boston St. and Elwood Ave. Parking is available on streets and in the parking lot for the waterfront park across Boston St. Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Comments: Pets are welcome but not inside the Future Care facility. Pets must be leashed during the entire walk, and cleaned up after according to city regulation. Host Club: Baltimore Walking Club Contact: Frank & Marie Kupres (410)[masked] Website: www.baltimorewalkingclub.com E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Spring Walk in Rockburn Branch Park, Elkridge, Maryland

6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd

Event Name: Spring Walk in the Park Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 10km/05km - 2B Description: Amenities: Strollers: | Wheelchairs: | Pets: | Restrooms: Special Programs: This event doesn't have any special Programs assigned. Start Times: 08:00 - 11:00; Finish NLT 2:00 Location: Rockburn Branch Park Start Point / Driving Directions: 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road DIRECTIONS: To Rockburn Branch Park – West Area 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge From Rte. 29, take Exit 22 Rt 100 east to Md. 103 exit. Go around the circle and cross over Rte. 100 –or- From I-95, take Exit 22 Rt100 W to Rt103 W, Meadowridge Rd -Then- Proceed through next circle. At the first signal light, make a right on Montgomery Rd. Proceed to signal light and make a left to remain on Montgomery Rd. Travel about a mile; Make a left onto Rockburn Branch Park Rd to end of road. Note: Rockburn Branch Park has two entrances. The West entrance is off Montgomery Rd. Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Comments: There is one event with two trails for the walk: a 10km with a shorter 5km option. The trail for each event is mostly on natural park trails and road shoulders within Howard County Parks. Strollers will have difficulty with most trails. None of the trails are suitable for Wheelchairs Host Club: Columbia Volksmarch Club Contact: John Dye (410)[masked] Website: mdvolks.org/CVC/ E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Glenview Mansion and Croydon Creek Walk- Rockville, MD

Start time: 9:30 am – 12:00 (noon); finish by 3 pm Trails : The 10k trail has both paved and natural surface sections. The natural surface section starts at the Croydon Creek Nature Center Trail Head and follows the trails along an abandoned section of Avery Road, into the forest, past an abandoned house foundation and cellar, and along the Croydon Creek to the dam. There are some short steep climbs along the creek. The walk then continues to and through the Glenview Mansion gardens and then past the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater. The 5k trail bypasses both the Nature Center and Glenview Mansion. All trails return through Rockville neighborhoods and finish along the Rock Creek Park trail before returning to the start/finish. Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club, Inc. (AVA 419), a member of the Maryland Volkssport Association. Sanctioned by : AVA: America’s Walking Club, a member of the International Volkssport Verband, to promote leisure sports in the interest of family health, recreation, fun, and companionship. Start/Finish : Patio between Urban Bar-B-Que and PB’s Coffee, Rock Creek Village Shopping Center, 5566 Norbeck Rd., (Rt. 28 and Bauer Drive) Rockville, MD 20853. Parking is available in and behind the shopping center.All trails start and finish with a short set of steps with poles that narrow the passageway. The passageway is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers unless they are lifted over the poles and down the steps. Walking sticks are recommended for the 10k trail. Conditions : Restrooms are available at Creek Nature Center. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times during the walk. This walk will be held regardless of the weather, unless conditions cause the sponsors to close the trails for safety reasons. Water and candy will be available at the Start Point. Fee : The fee for IVV credit is $3.00. Children 12 and under may earn IVV credit for no charge at all events sponsored by the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers. IVV record books and New Walker Packets will be available for sale. You may walk for free without IVV credit. AVA Special Programs : Bridges, Little Free Libraries, Take a Walk in a City Park. Eligibility : All must register and sign a waiver of liability. Each participant must carry a start card throughout the walk. Please turn the card in at the end of your walk so we know that you are safely off the trail. An adult must accompany children under 12 throughout the entire walk. Parents of minor children must sign a waiver of liability for the children. Disclaimer : Neither the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club, Inc., Montgomery County Department of Recreation and Parks, Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks, nor Rock Creek Village Shopping Center shall be liable for accidents, theft, or material damage. Every reasonable effort will be made to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event. Walk Info : Jeffrey Giddings[masked] jhgiddings @gmail.com Volksmarch Information : ava.org , mdvolks.org , and sugarloafers.org DIRECTIONS TO START POINT FROM I-270 : EXIT 6, (Rt. 28), W. Montgomery Ave. East towards Rockville. Slight left onto E. Jefferson St./Veirs Mill Rd. Continue straight on Veirs Mill Rd. Use left 2 lanes to turn left onto First St./Norbeck Rd. Turn right onto Bauer Dr. Turn right into Rock Creek Village Center. The Patio is in the back right corner. FROM THE BELTWAY 495 : EXIT 31, Georgia Ave. (Rt. 97), North towards Wheaton. Drive Approximately 7 miles to Norbeck Rd. (Rt. 28 West). Turn left onto Norbeck Rd. and continue 2 miles. Turn left onto Bauer Dr. Turn right onto Rock Creek Village Center. The Patio is in the back right corner. Additional Parking : There is additional parking available behind the Patio. To access this parking bypass the first two entrances to Rock Creek Village Center and turn in at the rear of the Safeway. Follow the driveway past the back of the Safeway and then to the right. The Patio is at the next corner.

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