Volkssports originated in Germany, and has spread to more than 40 countries, and can be enjoyed by everyone. 'Volks' means folks, just regular people! Volkssports are family-oriented, amateur athletic events. They are casual, though well-organized adventures in health, recreation, fellowship and fun. Events vary depending on the location of the chapter organizing the activity. Walks and other volkssport events are planned by local clubs. Many clubs exist in Oregon and throughout the rest of the United States. You don't have to be a club member to participate in Volkssports events, but joining a local club is a way to meet and make new friends with a shared interest in walking, riding bikes, swimming, snow shoeing or skiing, and many other AVA activities. Learn more at http://ava.org/ or at the Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association website at http://www.walkoregon.org/.