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Volksmarch Along the Potomac River to Mt. Vernon

  • Fort Hunt Park

    8999 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA (map)

    38.716621 -77.049629

  • Meet near Ft. Hunt Park Picnic Area D near the entrance
  • CANCELED DUE TO RAIN - NEW SHORTER WALK AROUND OLD TOWN POSTED TO REPLACE THE MT. VERNON EVENT

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    This event will get us outdoors walking and enjoying some nice scenery, social fun, and refreshments al fresco. We had to cancel the Mt. Vernon walk at Christmas due to the cold and ice. It will be springtime for our second try, so hopefully things will work out this time. 

    Volksmarch to Mt. Vernon

    Volksmarching (from the German Volksmarsch meaning "peoples' march") is a form of non-competitive group fitness walking that developed in Europe and has since spread to the United States. 

    Participants typically walk 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) on an outdoor path to a favorite destination, while sharing the company of fellow walkers who enjoy getting out for some exercise and fresh air in a natural environment. Stopping for refreshments on the journey is part of the adventure.

    A Volksmarch is not a race, although Volksmarching associations usually offer incentive awards such as pins to record their achievments.  People walk at a pace that works to make the event fun for everyone.

    Meet at Ft. Hunt Park

    Ft. Hunt Park has plenty of room, good facilities, and free parking. We'll plan to gather at Picnic Area D near the park entrance. If it's in use by another group. look for us nearby. 

    Our walk from Ft. Hunt Park to Mt. Vernon and back is about three miles each way, which makes it the ideal distance for a Volksmarch. The route will follow the Mt. Vernon Trail that meanders between the George Washington Parkway and the Potomac River among scenic woods and abundant views of the water.

    The half-way point is George Washington's Mt. Vernon estate where there is a nice food court, gift shops, the Mt. Vernon Inn, and the entrance to the estate itself. Anyone having a ticket ($17) can go inside to see George Washington's home. There are also many excellent historical exhibits in the visitors center.

    After a mid-walk break at Mt. Vernon, our group will return to Ft. Hunt Park using the same route. Once there, we can celebrate our journey with a beverage or snack. Afterward, those who are interested can easily drive back to Old Town Alexandria for some food and drinks inside one of the good pubs. We'll figure that part out when we get there.

    This event depends upon good walking weather.  A little rain won't stop us, but it's no fun to walk six miles in miserable conditions. I'll send out an email and post a notice here on Saturday morning before 9:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel. You can reach Jake at[masked] with questions or to find us. I don't always hear my phone at outdoor events, but you can try.

    I look forward to see you there!

     

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  • Jake

    CANCELED DUE TO RAIN - NEW SHORTER WALK AROUND OLD TOWN POSTED TO REPLACE THE MT. VERNON EVENT

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi..... Will this be cancelled due to weather?

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel this walk, but hope to join you for others.

    March 25, 2014

  • joe d.

    Jake....have to cancel the walk this weekend due to a recent back injury. Hopefully this injury will heal shortly. Wish I could go with you guys. Joe Donahue

    March 25, 2014

  • Lisa F

    Wish I could go, but I already have other plans. :-)

    March 23, 2014

Cancelled

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