Learn More About...
... the Willamette Wanderers
The Wanderers are proud to be celebrating over 30 years as an organized walking club and a chapter of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) here in the Pacific Northwest.
As one of over 200 walking clubs, the Willamette Wanderers exist for the love of walking. They participate and plan walking events in and around Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley, just a few of the more than 2500 walking events organized by clubs of the AVA.
In keeping with the tradition of the AVA, the Wanderers' walks are planned with fun, fitness and friendship in mind. All AVA walks are open to the public and most event walks are family friendly activities, accessible by strollers or wheelchairs, and welcome participants accompanied by their pets. Everyone participates at their own pace.
Members of the Willamette Wanderers share the love of walking although some participate in other volkssports such as bicycling, swimming, snow shoeing, and snow skiing.
... the American Volkssports Association (AVA)
Volkssporting originated in Germany. It 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 volkssports 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, snow skiing, and many other AVA activities.
Learn more at http://ava.org/ or http://www.walkoregon.org/, the Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association website.