What is Volksmarching?
A volksmarch is a non-competitive 6.2 mile (10 kilometer) walk. It's not a pledge walk; it's not a race. It’s a fun activity you do with a club, with your family, with your pet, or all by yourself. Volksmarching got its name from its origins in Europe.
What do local clubs do?
There are over 350 volkssport clubs throughout the USA, and many thousands around the world. Local clubs host the walking events. The club members select a trail for safety, scenic interest, historic areas, natural beauty and walkability. They then invite everyone to come and enjoy it on a weekend or a weekday evening.
What kind of trails?
The trails are marked or maps provided. Trails may be in cities, towns, parks, forests, rural areas, anywhere there is a pleasant or interesting place to walk.
Do I have to join a club?
Clubs welcome new members, but you don't have to join a club to enjoy the volksmarch events. All events are open to the public. Our club charges $6 per family per year.
What does this cost?
Most walks are open for no charge. To keep track of how you are achieving your fitness goals, join our Individual Achievement Award Program. Distance and Event Record Books are available for $5 each at all events. First, you register for the event and pay the credit fee ($3.00), when you finish, both the event and distance you walked are entered in the Record Books. After milestones such as 10 events, 30 events, 50 events, 500 kilometers, 1000 kilometers, etc., you redeem the Record Book for a Certificate of Achievement, a patch and a hatpin, and your accomplishment is printed in the American Wanderer, our national publication.
- · First event book: Good for your first 10 events until you earn your first Achievement Award.
- · First distance book: Good for your first 500K
- · Three coupons for free credit at events: so you can go to three events for free and still get credit (a $9 value).
- · Explanations about volkssporting.
What is a Year-Round Event?
A Year-Round Event is a self-guided walking event available most days of the year. The local club selects a trail, draws maps and writes detailed walking instructions, and sets up a permanent starting point. You arrive during the stated open hours, register, take a map, and enjoy the trail. These events include series of state parks in several states, great tourist attractions and national parks and good daily exercise routes in hundreds of communities. Some are scenic, some are historical, some are just for exercise. Contact the club to find out which events suit your interests.