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Volkssporting is a fast growing activity in America. It
originated in Europe in the 1960's in response to the need for some
type of outdoor sport, free from competition and for people of all
ages. Translated from German, Volkssport means "the sport of the
people." The hallmark of volkssporting is to promote physical
fitness and good health by providing opportunities for fun-filled,
safe exercise in a non-competitive, stress-free environment. You
participate at a pace that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable for you.
Most events are walks, but
sports such as biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing are also
about 280 clubs throughout the United States that sponsor more than
1,850 year-round and seasonal events and 1,000 or more special
week-end events per year. Typically, a walk or bike event will pass through
and showcase residential areas, parks, nature centers or historical
areas. Planning your visit to cities or states around AVA walks is a
good way to experience the area. A directory, called the Starting
Point, lists all the AVA year-round and seasonal walks and bikes.
The Starting Point is available from local clubs or the AVA
national office. Information about all AVA events is also
available on the AVA website.
IVV/AVA Achievement Awards
The International Volkssport Verein (IVV) is the
international organization that oversees Volkssporting world wide.
The American Volkssport Association (AVA) is the U.S. affiliate of
the IVV. The IVV has an awards program that most participants
choose to enroll in. To participate, you purchase two little record
books. An IVV Event Record Book and an IVV Distance Record Book.
These books are usually purchased from the local club. Every event
has a rubber stamp that is unique to it. After you complete an event
and pay the appropriate credit fee you may stamp your books.
On completion of milestones, participants receive a certificate, pin
and patch from the AVA. Your name and milestone are also published in
"The American Wanderer", AVA's national publication.
Event milestone awards are earned for completion of 10, 30 and 50
events and for every 25 events up to 600. Thereafter the increments
Distance milestone awards are earned after completion of every 500
kilometers (about 310 miles) up to 8,000 kilometers. Thereafter the
increments become larger.
The achievement awards program is international, so if you happen to
attend an event in another country, you can accumulate credit for
those as well.
Volksmarch – Organized walks, normally 10 kilometers (6.2
miles). A shorter 5 K option is frequently available for week-end
Volksswim – Organized swims covering a distance of 300, 500 or
1000 meters. Participants may use any combination of strokes or even
walk the pool, resting as necessary.
Volksbike – Organized rides covering distances ranging from 25 to
Volksski – Organized cross-country skiing events, usually 10 to 20
To learn more about volkssporting check out the AVA web site.
"Moving together toward a healthier America"