Sunday, October 23, 2011

Event Walking: The Volksmarsch

Event Walking: The Volksmarsch

There are many ways to provide motivation for the sustaining of the walking habit. Walking with friends, seeking novel walking routes, walking your dog, and waist-line watching are familiar examples. Another effective method is “event walking.” Dozens of charities sponsor walks for fund raising including AIDS, Alzheimer, Animal Welfare, Arthritis, Autism, and Birth Defects. Others include Blindness, Cancer, cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Heart Disease, MS, and Obesity.

A different example of event walking involves joining a group that sponsors events for the simple pleasure of walking. An interesting group is the American Volkssport Association (AVA). Their web-site identifies more than 1870 self-guided walking and biking trails throughout the USA. A few clicks will identify their great trails to do at your own pace, any day of the year. Using their research will enable a walker to enjoy walks and bikes in national, state, and local parks and forests; or take in lovely countryside or charming small towns in your area. AVA has an interesting incentive system incorporating decorative patches or pins for your walking attire.

Volksmarching (from German Volksmarsch meaning "peoples' march") is a form of non-competitive fitness walking that developed in Europe. Participants typically walk 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) on an outdoor path. Volkssport participants enjoy recording distances and event participation in international record books. More of a social event than a 'HEALTHY OUTING" Participants often bring along a Boda bag filled with wine or Apfelcorn. Less frequently used terms are Volkswanderung and Volkswalk.

Vell, vought are you vaiting for? Find an event and start walking.

Money Walker

Journal Update:

Today’s body weight: 175.6 lbs, up from last entry
Money Found from last five walks: $11.14, $2.23 a walk

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