What we're about

We are a group of friendly people doing weekly 10k (6.2 mile) walks all around the south sound. We walk for fitness, so these are not strolls. Expect to finish walks within 2 1/2 hours, depending on stops. All walks are American Volkssport Association (AVA) sanctioned. Everyone is welcome to join us. All walks are free, or you can choose to pay for AVA credit stamps. Find out more about the Washington State Assocation at www.esva.online or the AVA at www.ava.org.

Just show up and be ready to walk at the posted time. We need to register to each walk at the start location, so allow for that. It's important to join the group. Otherwise, you won't get reminders or changes and cancellations.

There are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday walks every. Wintertime you'll see some cancellations that are weather dependent. You may also see some Tuesday -- late afternoons into evening as days grow longer. There will be weekend walks with a group walk start time when the one of our clubs is putting on a traditional, staffed event.

Most all walks are dog friendly (with leash and cleanup, of course,) unless it's through a wildlife area. We'll say in the directions.

If you love to walk, you'll love to walk with us.

Join us!

Upcoming events (4+)

Walk the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail 6K/8K

Mrs. Turner's Cafe (back parking lot)

Every Monday morning at 9:30 am we'll walk down the Puyallup Riverwalk Trail. Come early so that you will be ready to walk at 9:30 am. This is a volkssport event but we will only be walking a 6K or an 8K part of the route. Everyone is welcome to walk at their own pace. We'll alternate directions to walk each week. One week we walk 6K east and the next week we walk 8K west. This is an out-and-back route.

See the feral cats along the west part of the trail, spot carved bears up some trees, enjoy the Puyallup River, and the great tree carving at Veterans Park. The east route is quieter and also along the river.

Please park along the street as much as possible. We'll meet in the restaurant's back parking lot. Restrooms inside. Come prepared for the weather and walking. This walk is sponsored by the Riverwalk Committee of the Foothills Trail Coalition and Daffodil Valley Volkssport Assn.

Everyone must register before the walk. The club has costs to put on these walks so we ask for a donation. IVV/AVA credit is available at the customary fee.

Monday afternoon group walk around Olympia

Bayview Thriftway

Come walk with us! Please arrive early to register, use the restroom, and get a parking pass, as the walk leaves promptly at 2 pm. Masks are optional.

Walk 10K (6.2 miles) (and a shorter distance is often available) every Monday (get a parking pass at registration). The walk leader varies the route from week to week. The difficulty varies from paved surfaces and flat (1A) to moderately rough trails with steep hills (3B).

There are many regular walkers who don't use Meetup, so expect between seven and 15 people despite few Meetup RSVPs. This walk is hosted by the Capitol Volkssport Club. Everyone is welcome, but everyone must sign the waiver to participate.

The club has costs to put on these walks, so we ask for a donation to help offset those costs. IVV/AVA credit is available at the customary fee. We would be happy to explain to you what that means. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome (just not in Thriftway), but this walk is not always suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Eatonville 5K/10K Walk

Arrow Lumber & Hardware

Drive out to Eatonville -- it's about a half hour south of Puyallup on SR161 (Meridian), and see what a great place this former logging town is. It celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. You'll see some great parks, including a historic cemetery, and great views of Mt. Rainier.

This is volkssport year-round Y104. There is both a 5K and a 10K route available. This route is rated 2B for some hills and rooted trails. Dogs are fine on leash with cleanup, but not in buildings.

Everyone must register before the walk. IVV participants will pay $3.00 and other participants have a suggested donation of $2.00. Donations to help pay for meetup costs and walk box information ae always welcome.

Tacoma's Snake Lake area 6K/11K

Tacoma Nature Center

We will register in the parking lot at the Tacoma Nature Center. The newly revised route goes on paths through the Snake Lake natural reserve and in nearby residential areas and parks.
This walk is rated 2B for some hills and some uneven footing. Come early as we will start walking at 10:00 am.

Everyone must register before the walk. IVV credit is $3.00. Guests are always welcome and donations to support volkssport events are always welcome. You can register in person at the walk or use the AVA Online Start Box.

Past events (2,676)

Thursday morning group walk in southeast Lacey

Thrive Community Fitness