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Have you been looking for something to do? Something to improve your physical and mental health? Something fun? Something to get you out of the house and provide opportunities to make new friends? Something for you personally or an activity for the entire family? Then volkssporting is that special something for you. Chances are very good that you have never heard of this sport. And that’s okay. Volkssporting is dedicated to promoting fun, fitness and friendship through organized noncompetitive, self-paced sporting events. It offers outdoor organized activities for everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. Seniors and youth, singles, couples and families are all welcome. And you don’t have to be an athlete to be a volkssporter! These sporting events (the vast majority are walking related) are administered in the 50 states by a nationwide grassroots network of chartered sports clubs that sponsor more than 3,000 events annually. We, the UpState PathFinders, are a part of the American Volkssport Association (AVA), a nonprofit organization that sanctions volkssport events in the U.S. Other sports offered on a very limited basis include cycling, swimming, skating, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Many people adopt volkssporting as part of their lifestyle and have completed hundreds of events and walked thousands of miles. While many begin walking for fitness (that inevitable medical wake-up call), most continue because of friendships and social benefits offered through the local clubs.

Upcoming events (2)

240 Martin Memorial Walk

McPherson Park

• What we'll do This memorial walk is to honor Martin R. Britton, Vice-President of the UpState PathFinders who passed away, December 5, 2017, after a massive stroke. We will also take time to remember the loved ones that our club members have lost recently. For those that didn't know Martin, Martin distinguished himself by providing seven years of outstanding service to the UpState PathFinders Volksmarch Club and to AVA. His service included: • Webmaster/graphic designer for the UpState PathFinders from its’ inception through-2017. As the club’s webmaster/graphic designer, he won a first-place award for club websites in the 2013 Publicity Contest. He also won a first-place award for Club logo and a second-place award for Event Brochure in the 2015 Publicity Contest. • In 2014, Martin’s design for the “Time to Walk” patch was accepted on a national level. Also, on the national level, he designed and worked on the “Time to Vote” slogan for the 2017 Presidential Election. • Martin’s artistic talents were called upon again to design the 401k Invest in Your Health logo. Trail Description: The walk begins at McPherson Park, the oldest city park in Greenville, SC. You enjoy the diversity of our pedestrian-friendly downtown along Main St., with its vibrant mix of classic and modern architecture and much more. In the heart of the Historic West End is Fluor Field, home of the Boston Red Sox’s, A – affiliated team, the Greenville Drive and 2017 South Atlantic League Champions. The outfield is a replica of Boston’s Fenway Park including the Green Monster, a manual scoreboard, and a Pesky’s Pole in right field. Registration at 2:15 pm, walk begins at 2:40 pm Trail Rating: 1A -5/10K Special Classifications: Walking the USA A-Z Fees: Walk is free; $3 - IVV Credit; donations accepted. Refreshments: Water provided at Start/Finish. Food: We stop at Universal Joint for dinner and quarterly meeting. Restrooms: Available at Start/Finish and along the Main St. Please RSVP for dinner/meeting in order to reserve enough seats. For more info contact Robert McDaniel at [masked] or [masked]

Furman University - 5/10k Walk

Parking lot w/Green Caboose

Join us as we walk around Furman University Campus. The walk covers some of the 750-acre campus with miles of walking paths through its almost 200-year-old campus. It has a beautiful lake with graceful swans swimming peacefully while people of all ages and athletic abilities stroll around it. A replica of the cabin that Henry David Thoreau lived in while writing his masterpiece, Walden, is by the lake. The campus also has an amphitheater that hosts music performances and movies for students and locals alike. You will enjoy the beautiful landscaping, the Buddhist temple above the Asia garden, the rose garden, reflection ponds, and several breathtaking fountains. And, you will also experience a part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail which connects the beautiful town of Travelers Rest with Greenville. Don’t miss this treasure of the South! Registration 9:00 am and walk at 9:30 am. Cost: Walk is free; IVV-Credit $3, Donations accepted. New Walker Packet: $5 Special Programs: Walking the USA A - Z Trail Rating: 5/10K - 1A After the walk, we will stop for lunch at Shortfields. Please let me know if you are joining us for lunch in order to reserve enough seats.

Past events (142)

St. Patty's Day - 5K Pub Crawl

15 University St

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