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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. Just a fun walk that has a German name. Come out and have fun!!! Please pay the walk fee of $3 to keep this site going. We are the AVA-America's Walking Clubs

The Maryland Volkssport Association pays for this site. My club, the Freestate Happy Wanderers is an active walking 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 other clubs 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. 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 . 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?
ALL WALKS HAVE A 5-KM 3.1 MILES AMD A 10-KM 6.2 MILES TRAIL. YOU WALK 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 AND 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 WALK 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. IT IS UP TO YOU IF YOU HAVE BOOKS BUT THE $3 FEE IS APPRECIATED.

Upcoming events (5+)

St. Michaels Walk Event True Essence of Bay Life

St Michaels Elementary school

City / State: St. Michaels, MD Event Name: St. Michaels, True Essence of Bay Life Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 5K & 10K - 1A Description: 10k (6.2 miles), with a shorter 5k option available. The walk is on sidewalks and roadway shoulders through the historic and scenic town of St. Michaels. Fees: The fee for Non & IVV credit is $3.00, children under 12 walking with their parents are free. Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Start Times: 9AM - 12 Noon, Finish by 3PM Location: St. Michaels Elementary School Parking Lot, 200 Seymour Avenue, St. Michaels, MD 21663. Start Point / Driving Directions: From Baltimore, Annapolis, or Washington DC: 1. Take 50/301 across Chesapeake Bay Bridge. 2. Bear right at the 50/301 split. 3. Follow Route 50 East. 4. Upon approaching Easton, bear right onto the Easton Bypass (Route 322). 5. Follow Route 322 through three traffic lights. 6. At the fourth light bear right onto Route 33 (St. Michaels Road). 7. Follow Route 33 for nine miles to the town of St. Michaels. 8. Watch for school traffic signs. St. Michaels Elementary School parking lot is on the right. Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Walk Fee $3 Comments: “Outstanding, one of the walks I‛ll never forget.” “If you could bottle this walk and sell it, you‛d make millions.” “This walk captures the true essence of life on the Chesapeake Bay.” Come and see for yourself what the talk is all about. Host Club: Annapolis Amblers Contact: Robert P Schmick (410)[masked] Website: www.annapolisamblers.org E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest/Volksmarch

Goethals Road & Constitution Road

Five or 10 kilometer non-competitive volksmarch as part of Fort Belvoir's celebration of German culture. There is a carnival and various German foods and music at the site. This is a two-day event. There is a security check entering the post. ID required.

Oct. 5and 6 2019 Oktoberfest Volksmarch 10K/5K Walk Ft. Belvoir VA

Ft Belvoir, VA Event Name: 2019 Oktoberfest Volksmarch 10K/5K Walk Distance - Trail Ratings: 5K/10K - 2B Description: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Start Times: Sat or Sun, anytime between 10 am-5 pm. Location: Adjacent to Oktoberfest Ground, Fremont Field, Ft. Belvoir, VA Start Point / Driving Directions: Goethals Rd and Constitution Rd, Fremont Field, Fort Belvoir, VA. From I-95 North take Exit 166A (Newington/Fort Belvoir). Turn right onto Backlick Rd/Fairfax County Parkway. Turn left on Route 1 (Richmond Highway). Turn right on Pohick Rd (1st traffic light) and enter Fort Belvoir through Tulley Gate. Follow Oktoberfest road signs to your destination. From I-95 South take the Exit 166A (Newington/Fort Belvoir). Merge onto Backlick Rd/Fairfax County Parkway. From here, follow the directions for I-95 N. Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Comments: Host Club: Ft Belvoir - DFMWR Contact: Hwan Yu (703)[masked] Website: www.belvoir.armymwr.com E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Naylor Wine Walk in Stewartstown, PA - October 6, 2019

Naylor Wine Cellars

City / State: Stewartstown, PA Event Name: York White Rose Wanderers 35 Anniversary Walk Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 5/10K - 2B Description: The trails are rated 2B. The trails are on hard surface roadways and natural surface berms. The major portions of the route are along country roads where single file walking will be necessary most of the time. Strollers and/or wheelchairs may have some difficulty navigating parts of the routes. Amenities: Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: hard | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Start Times: 8 am - 12 noon, finish 3 pm Location: Naylors Wine Cellars Start Point / Driving Directions: 4069 VINEYARD ROAD, STEWARTSTOWN, PA 17363 From Harrisburg: Travel South on Rt. 83 to PA Exit 4, Shrewsbury. Turn left on Rt. 851 to Stewartstown, PA. Turn left on Rt. 24 North. Travel just 2 miles North of Stewartstown, Pa on Rt. 24 to Vineyard Road on left. From Baltimore: Travel North on Rt. 83 to PA. Exit 4, Shrewsbury. Turn Right on Rt. 851 to Stewartstown, PA. Turn left on Rt. 24 North. Travel just 2 miles North of Stewartstown, Pa on Rt. 24 to Vineyard Road on left. Awards & Fees: A Award Comments: This event is FREE to those who wish to participate without IVV credit. IVV credit is $3.00. IVV credit with "A" award is $9.00. New Walker packets (a $30+ value) will be available for those wishing to begin walking for credit. The "A" award is an 11oz. Stemless Wine Glass celebrating the York White Rose Wanderers' 35th Anniversary. Limited quantities available. The Award without Credit is $6.00 per Glass. Host Club: York White Rose Wanderers Contact: Pam Copenhaver (717)[masked] Website: No Website Listed E-Mail Contact: [masked]

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