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... the Willamette Wanderers
The Wanderers are proud to be celebrating over 35 years as an organized walking club and a chapter of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) here in the Pacific Northwest.
The Club sponsors year-round 5k (3.1 miles) and 10k (6.2 miles) walks. Our walks are open to the public, and several are accessible by strollers or wheelchairs. People can do the walks on their own or with others. The Club sponsors group walks that promote AVA’s goals of fun, fitness and friendship. We sometimes add a fourth F – Food – by eating after a walk.
The regular group walks are weekly Thursday walks and the monthly Sunday Stroll. The Sunday Strolls do one of the walks sponsored by the club, which are in Salem or nearby towns. Thursday’s walks provide an opportunity to walk other AVA clubs’ walks in the Willamette Valley, Coastal and Portland areas. More information about the Club’s sponsored walks can be found in the brochure accessible under the tab Walk with Us.
... 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.