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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)

Manhattan Beach Walk

Manhattan Beach Road

Severna Park, MD Event Name: Manhattan Beach Walk Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 5k, 10k - 1A Description: TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Trail Rating: 1A We will have a Brand-new trail through neighborhoods and through the Anne Arundel Community College. Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Special Programs: This event doesn't have any special Programs assigned. Start Times: 8:00 AM and 12:00 AM. Finish by 3:00 PM. Location: American Legion Post[masked] Manhattan Beach Rd. Severna Park, MD 21146 Start Point / Driving Directions: DIRECTIONS: Rt 2/Governor Ritchie Hwy N: Turn right on Jones Station Road. The Legion Post will be on the Left after � mile. Awards & Fees: B Award Comments: The event will offer a B Adward of a limited supply of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Patches. Host Club: Annapolis Amblers Contact: Robert Schmick (410)[masked] Website: www.annapolisamblers.org E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Walk Event at Conowingo Dam "Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons,

9/26/2020 - 9/26/2020 City / State: Darlington, MD Event Name: Conowingo Dam Distance - Trail Ratings: 5k/10k/20k - 1B Description: The event is an "out and back" on the old Philadelphia Electric Rail Trail along the Susquehanna River. This railroad operated in the 1920's from Havre de Grace to the Conowingo dam site. Amenities: Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: hard | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Special Programs: This event doesn't have any special Programs assigned. Start Times: 8 am - 12 pm. All must complete the walk by 3 pm. Location: Fisherman's Pavilion, Conowingo Dam, Darlington, MD Start Point / Driving Directions: Take Exit 77 from I-95 and follow MD Rte 24 north toward Bel Air. It transitions into US Rte 1 about 7 miles from I-95. At just over 21 miles from I-95, before crossing the Susquehanna River, turn right off US Rte 1 onto Shuresville Rd. After about 3/4 mile, turn left onto Shures Landing. Follow this road to its end and park in the north end of the parking lot (about 1 mile). The start / finish location will be in the fisherman's pavilion at the dam. Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Comments: The area below the dam is excellent for bird-watching. Bald eagles, great blue herons, and vultures live here year round. Host Club: Baltimore Walking Club Contact: James B Farley (410)[masked] Website: www.baltimorewalkingclub.com E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Oktoberfest Havre de Grace Walk Event

Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park

10/10/2020 - 10/10/2020 City / State: Havre de Grace, MD Event Name: Oktoberfest Distance - Trail Ratings: 6k / 10k - 1A Description: City walk along the LaFayette Trail. Event is in conjunction with the HdG Oktoberfest. Fest starts at noon. Entrance to the Oktoberfest is free. Food will be available for purchase at the fest, or at many restaurants in HdG. HdG Visitors Center:[masked], Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes Special Programs: Ice Cream Parlors, Little Free Libraries, Rockin' Around the Clock Start Times: 9 am - 1 pm. Must be completed by 3 pm. Location: Hutchins Park, 100 Congress Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078 Start Point / Driving Directions: From I-95, exit 89, take MD Rte 155 to Havre de Grace (HdG). MD Rte 155 (aka Superior) ends at Juniata. Turn right on Juniata and, after several blocks, turn left on Bourbon. Turn left on Market. Parking for the Oktoberfest is on HdG city streets. The Oktoberfest is at Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress, along the Susquehanna River. Planned site for the start / finish table is at the corner of Market and Congress. Obey HdG parking signs! Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only Comments: Some parts of the trail may overlap the popular HdG year round event, which starts on nearby Union Avenue. Host Club: Baltimore Walking Club Contact: Sue Capp (717)[masked] Website: www.baltimorewalkingclub.com E-Mail Contact: [masked]

Baltimore Harbor - Patterson Park

Future Care

City / State: Baltimore, MD Event Name: Downtown Baltimore - Harbor East Event Type: Walk Event ID:[masked] Distance - Trail Ratings: 5k/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: Underground Railroad Start Times: 8 am - 12 pm. All must complete the walk by 3 pm. Location: FutureCare (Canton Harbor), 1300 South Elwood Avenue, 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 and Marie Kupres (410)[masked] Website: www.baltimorewalkingclub.com E-Mail Contact: [masked]

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