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The Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association is a walking club of about 150 members. Organized in 1985 as a member of the American Volkssport Association to promote physical fitness through non-competitive sporting events. Club members meet monthly for a business meeting, program, food and fellowship. Weekend walks, seasonal walks, year-round events, swims, and guided bikes are listed here. Also, every Wednesday evening a group walks for an hour from a predetermined starting point. Our monthly newsletter keeps members informed on these events and other events throughout the Midwest. A canine walking program is available. The Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association is a registered 501c. non-profit corporation and member club of the American Volkssporting Association (AVA) - with about 250 clubs, 1,800+ trails and thousands of participants in all 50 states. So whether you want to walk locally, around the state, across the country or around the world there will be a walk for you!

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  • August 6 · 10:00 AM

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  • July 16 · 8:00 AM

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