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You can try volksmarching any time and almost anywhere

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 30, 2009 at 7:18 am |
April 30, 2009 7:18 am

Yes, senior citizens are the primary volksmarchers in this area but if you are looking for cheap recreation or something to keep you motivated to walk or bike volkssporting might be for you too.


Take a look at the following three volkssport club websites for a list of their year round volksmarches. You can do these any time. Just go to the start area, look for the walk box, sign in and a grab a map.


- The Evergreen Wanderers

The Over the Hill Gang

The Daffodil Valley Volkssport Club


Click below for details on local year round volksmarches.



Here are some of the local year round volkssport events. This information comes from The Evergreen Wanderers, the Over the Hill Gang and the Daffodil Valley volkssport clubs.


THE EVERGREEN WANDERERS


Point Defiance Park YRE

CHALLENGE: PARKS, TRAILS, MOUNTAINS, FLOWERS, BRIDGES, WATERS, RAILROAD HERITAGE

Credit Only Event 10KM WALK (YRE366) Jan 1 – Dec 31

Start Point: Boathouse Marina and Tackle Shop, 5400 No. Pearl, Tacoma, WA.


Event Info: Daily, 7a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Trail is rated 2 with two short flights of stairs after the start. Walk along the bay and Five Mile Drive in beautiful Point Defiance Park. A great walk for all ages. Camera views of Narrows Bridge and Gig Harbor. Pass Never Never Land , Ft. Nisqually, and many gardens. Stop and visit the zoo and aquarium.

Point of Contact: Rose Jones, (253)472-9524


.Steilacoom/HISTORIC TOWN YRE

CHALLENGE: WATERS, HISTORY, MONUMENTS, MUSEUM, DOWNTOWN, RAILROAD

Credit Only Event 11 KM Walk – (YR 0635 ) Jan 1 – Dce 31

Start Point: Chevron Station, 3025 Steilacoom Blvd.

Ask at the desk for the “Walk Box”


Event Info: Daily, dawn to dusk.

YR 635: Trail is rated 2 and is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. Pets are allowed. Revised walk is on city sidewalks and two short trails. Community of many “Firsts”. Site of first Territorial Jail, Library and Protestant Church north of the Columbia River. The Catholic Mission has been in continual use since 1867. Scenic views of Olympics, Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound and McNeil Island, Anderson and Ketron Islands. Pass ferry dock and the old Steilacoom Railroad Station, no longer used for passenger service.


STEILACOOM/HISTORIC FORT STEILACOOM

Credit Only Event 10km/6km (YRE 1996)

CHALLENGE: LAKE, HISTORY, CEMETERY MONUMENTS

Start Point: Chevron Station, 3025 Steilacoom Blvd. Ask at the desk for the “Walk Box”

Rated 1+. Walk on asphalt, gravel, dirt trails as well as city sidewalks through Fort Steilacoom Park, Western State Hospital and the city of Lakewood. Fort Steilacoom Park was once a large farm where crops were grown and animals were raised for food for Western State Hospital. Circle a small lake and pass a large historic cemetery used by the hospital. On the return walk through the grounds of the current State Hospital and pass the few remaining houses of the original Ft. Steilacoom (used by the army of 1849 to 1868). The 6km trail passes the same sites as the 10km trail.

Point of Contact: Annie O’Sullivan, (253)565-3655 annieoh3@comcast.net


City of University Place/Tacoma YRE

CHALLENGE: TRAILS, MOUNTAINS, FLOWERS, WATERS

Credit Only Event 10 KM Walk (YR367) Jan 1 – Dec 31

Start Point: FORZA COFFEE COMPANY ( Formerly Cutters Point Coffee),

4828 Bridgeport Way W. at Cirque Drive W.

Event Info: Open daily from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Trail is rated 2 Suitable for strollers. This walk includes some beautiful homes, views of the Sound, the new Chambers Bay golf course, and through the new city of University Place.


DIRECTIONS: Exit 1-5 #130: S. 56th St, West, Continue on S. 56th St which changes to Cirque Drive W at Orchard St S. Continue on Cirque Drive W. Turn LEFT (south) onto Bridgeport Way W. and take immediate right (Precision Tune Garage).

Point of Contact: Annie O’Sullivan (253)565-3655

annieoh3@comcast.net


Proctor District/Waterfront YRE

CHALLENGE: PARKS, MOUNTAINS, FLOWERS, PARKS, RAILROAD HERITAGE, WATERS

Credit Only Event 10KM WALK (YR1263) Jan 1 – Dec 31

Start Point: Spar Coffee Bar, 2123 North 30th St., Tacoma.

Event Info: Trail Rate 2+. This is a new trail that follows the Commencement Bay waterfront and through the historic Proctor District. Lovely turn of the century homes, unique shops, eateries. You will return with panoramic views of the Bay. The Saturday Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For those who wish a Trail Rate of 1, we have an option of the original walk that is entirely flat along the waterfront. This option is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

Point of Contact: Rose Jones, (253)472-9524



Downtown Walk YRE

CHALLENGE: PARKS, TRAILS, MOUNTAINS FLOWERS, BRIDGES, COLLEGE CAMPUS. RAILROAD HERITAGE

Credit Only Event 10KM (YRE1262) Jan 1 – Dec 31

Start Point: Spar Coffee Bar, 2123 North 30th St., Tacoma, WA


Event Info: Trail Rate 2. An exciting walk past the clock tower

of Old City Hall, a fine example of Italian Renaissance architecture;

Union Station, Dale Chihuly’s glass displays, the Washington State

History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and past the Univ. of Washington Tacoma campus.

Point of Contact: Rose Jones, (253)472-9524




NEW TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE


Credit Only Event 10km/6km Seasonal Walk April 1 – Oct. 1

CHALLENGE: American’s Gardens, Veterans Memorials, Bridges

Start Point: YMCA Tacoma Morgan Branch 1002 South Pearl St. Ask for “Walk Box” at the desk. Mon – Sat 6:30 a.m. – dusk. Sun 11a.m. -dusk

Trail Rated 1+ Walk on paved trails, sidewalks, and road shoulders. Both 10km and 6km go through the gardens of the new War Memorial Parks that honors the heroes of World Wars I and II, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars and across the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The new bridge known as “Sturdy Gertie” by local residents is 5400 feet in length. Spectacular views of the Puget Sound, Mt Rainier, and the Olympic Mtns. Many eateries along the way. Restrooms at Start/Finish and on route.

Point of Contact: Mary Wick (253)853-7809 or rmneumann@hotmail.com


DAFFODIL VALLEY VOLKSSPORT


Buckley

Y0963

Click here for pictures. 10K/5K Walk, rated 1, M-F 7-6;

Sat 8-5; Sun 10-4; Closed major holidays. Suitable for strollers, but wheelchairs would have difficulty.

Walk on asphalt Foothills Trail system, on city sidewalks, through pioneer cemetery along the White River, past log show arena and Loggers Memorial.

Click here for Buckley’s Foothills trail website.

WSC History: Cemeteries, Monuments, Museums; 39 Counties: Pierce; AVA: RR Heritage, Walking Europe, Courthouses, Firehouses, Museums, Historic Churches Arrow Lumber & Hardware

28280 Hwy 410, Buckley

Register (materials by piano and rest rooms) and drive to start.

Contact: Diane Wagner dianeswagner@comcast.net

253-875-3064

Click here for more information. Lyle, WA

Y504

Seasonal

April 1 – Sept. 30 11K/7K Walk, rated 2, Daily dawn to dusk; Check holiday hours

Only walk in Klickitat County this year. Sturdy shoes or boots recommended for 11K. Out and back through Lyle and on the Klickitat Trail, an old BNSF RR bed along the wild Klickitat River. Route goes by Native American ceremonial and burial grounds. Wildflowers in season. Pets on leash.

WSC History: Nat’l Hist. Reg., cemeteries; 39 Counties: Klickitat; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk, Native American Culture, Museums, Waterfalls Lyle Mercantile

615 State St (SR 14), Lyle, WA

I-5, SR 14 East to Lyle about 76 miles. East end of town.

Walk box to right along wall. Mail in fees in envelope provided.

Contact: Nancy Wittenberg n_wittenberg@comcast.net

253-841-0580

Click here for more information. Moses Lake, WA

Y1062

Seasonal

April 1 – Oct. 31

Click here for pictures. 10K/11K/5K Walk, rated 1, Daily dawn to dusk;

Strollers OK, wheelchairs difficult due to uncut curbs & some road shoulders

A flat, pleasant walk mostly on pavement along the Neppel Landing bike path, through neighborhoods bordering Moses Lake, McCosh Park, the Japanese Gardens, the Civic Center and downtown. Extra 1K brings you to the firehouse. Some shady areas, but Moses Lake is very warm in summer. Walk early in the day in Summer, wear a hat and carry water. Pets on leash.”

WSC History: Monuments, Museums; Art: galleries, fountains; 39 Counties: Grant; AVA: RR Heritage, Native Am. Culture, Fine Arts, Museums, Veterans Memorials, Firehouses Holiday Inn Express

1745 Kittleson Rd, Moses Lake, WA

I-90 exit 179 (SR17)

Ask for Walk box at the counter. Mail in fees in envelope provided. Drive to start.

Contact: Nancy Wittenberg n_wittenberg@comcast.net

253-841-0580

Click here for more information. Orting Walk

Y0920

Click here for pictures. 10K/5K Walk, rated 1, Daily 8-dusk.

Suitable for strollers & wheelchairs.

Asphalt Foothills "rails to trails" trail with views of Mt. Rainier, Carbon River and possibility of sighting eagles, buffalo, deer and llamas. Excellent walk for birders.

Click here for the Emerald City Wanderer’s review.

WSC Art: murals; 39 Counties: Pierce; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk, Courthouses, Firehouses, Historic Churches Arrow Hardware and Lumber

201 Calistoga, Orting

File cabinet inside by piano. Contact: Carolyn Warhol jcwarhol@comcast.net 253-845-6592

Click here for more information. Orting Bike

Y1802

25K/35K Bike, rated 1, Daily dawn-dusk.

Asphalt Foothills "rails to trails" trail with views of Mt. Rainier, Carbon River and possibility of sighting eagles, buffalo, deer and llamas. Slight uphill grade outbound from Orting to the South Prairie trailhead. After returning to Orting, 35K continues to the McMillin Trailhead and returns. Restrooms at South Prairie, Orting & McMillin.

WSC History: Nat’l Reg; Art: murals; 39 Counties: Pierce; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk, Walking Europe Arrow Hardware and Lumber

201 Calistoga, Orting

File cabinet inside by piano. Contact: Carolyn Warhol jcwarhol@comcast.net 253-845-6592

Click here for more information. Puyallup

Y0242

Click here for pictures. 10K/5K Walk, rated 1, Daily, dawn to dusk. Suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, but may be difficult. Route passes three city parks, outdoor art, Ezra Meeker Mansion and follows the River Trail, part of the Foothills “rails to trails” trail system.

WSC History: Museums, Monuments, Nat’l Reg.; Art: Murals, Artwork; 39 Counties: Pierce; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk, Authors, Native Am. Culture, Courthouses, Museums Safeway Store

1405 E. Main St, Puyallup.

File cabinet inside.

Contact: Diane Wagner dianeswagner@comcast.net

253-875-3064

Click here for more information. Sumner

Y0159

Click here for pictures. 10K/5K Walk, rated 1, Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm. Ring bell for after hours admittance. Suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, but all curbs are not cut. Route goes through clean, quiet neighborhoods with lots of flowers in season and views of Mt. Rainier up and down Main Street "USA", with many gift and antique shops.

WSC History: Monuments, Museums, Nat’l Reg.; Art: Murals; 39 Counties: Pierce; AVA: RR Heritage, Authors, Museums, Firehouses, Courthouses Stafford Suites

15519 62nd St Ct E

File cabinet in library section. Have exact change or pay by check.

Contact: Theola Swann

swanntheola@comcast.net

253-840-0889

Click here for more information. Tacoma (Parkland)

Y1999 10K/5K Walk, rated 1+, Daily 8-dusk, Sun. 9-dusk, Check Christmas hours. Suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs. Route goes through neighborhoods in Parkland, through the Pacific Lutheran University campus and down the original main street (Garfield Ave) of old Parkland. One short, steep hill on campus. No stairs. WSC History: Monuments, Nat’l Reg.; Art: Murals, Artwork; 39 Counties: Pierce; AVA: Historic Churches Walgreen Drugs, 12105 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, 98444

Ask for the “Walk Box” at the checkout counter. Please mail in credit fees in envelope provided. Contact: Nancy Wittenberg n_wittenberg@comcast.net

253-841-0580

Click here for more information. Yelm

Y2000

10K/5K Walk, rated 1, Daily dawn-dusk.

Closed Christmas. Suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, but all curbs are not cut. Route goes through Yelm city streets and parks, on the Yelm-Tenino Rail Trail and back. Click here for information about the Yelm-Tenino Trail.

WSC History: Monuments, Nat’l Reg.; Art: Fountains; 39 Counties: Thurston; AVA: RR Heritage, Courthouses, Firehouses Safeway Store, Yelm highway, Yelm, WA

File cabinet near front of store.

Contact: Theola Swann, 253-840-0889 or email n_wittenberg@comcast.net

Click here for more information. Tukwila Highlands & Fort Dent Park

Y1293 10K/5K Walk, rated 2+, Daily dawn-dusk.

Start and end on the Interurban Trail, the former railbed of the Puget Sound Interurban Electric Railway 1905-1920. Then up to the Tukwila City Park, onto portions of the Tukwila Trail, parks and historic sites in the Tukwila “Highlands”, then down to the Green River Trail and through Fort Dent Park. Walk on sidewalks, paved bicycle trails and some dirt trails. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Strollers are ok, if you take the alternate routes around the Tukwila Trail segments. Restrooms at the start, Tukwila City Park and Foster Park (March – November), Tukwila library when open and in Fort Dent Park.

WSC History: Monuments, Nat’l Reg.; Art: Artwork; 39 Counties: King; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk, Firehouses Hampton Inn

7200 S. 156th St.

Tukwila

Contact: Nancy Wittenberg, 253-841-0580 or email n_wittenberg@comcast.net

Click here for more information. Christiansen Greenbelt Trail — Tukwila

Y0799

Click here for pictures. 11K/6K Walk, rated 1, Daily dawn-dusk.

From the Hampton Inn walk on a portion of the Interurban Trail, the former railbed of the Puget Sound Interurban Electric Railroad 1905-1920. Then onto the Christiansen Greenbelt Trail at Bicentennial Park, a popular exercise and cycling trail along the Green River. Pass by small parks and businesses to Briscoe Park and return. Suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Restrooms at the start, in Briscoe Park, at Bicentennial Park (if construction is completed) or the 180th St. trailhead.

WSC 39 Counties: King; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk Hampton Inn

7200 S. 156th St.

Tukwila

Contact: Nancy Wittenberg, 253-841-0580 or email n_wittenberg@comcast.net

Click here for more information. Green River Trail North

Y1839 25K Bike, rated 1, Daily dawn-dusk.

From the Hampton Inn ride north on a portion of the Interurban Trail, the former railbed of the Puget Sound Interurban Electric Railroad 1905-1920. Then onto the Green River trail and returns going south for a while on the Interurban.

WSC History: Monuments; 39 Counties: King; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk Hampton Inn

7200 S. 156th St.

Tukwila

Contact: Nancy Wittenberg, 253-841-0580 or email n_wittenberg@comcast.net

Click here for more information. Green River Trail South

Y1838 27K Bike, rated 1, Daily dawn-dusk.

From the Hampton Inn ride on a portion of the Interurban Trail, the former railbed of the Puget Sound Interurban Electric Railroad 1905-1920. Then onto the Christiansen Greenbelt Trail, a popular exercise and cycling trail along the Green River. Pass by small parks and businesses and return.

WSC History: Monuments; 39 Counties: King; AVA: RR Heritage, Riverwalk Hampton Inn

7200 S. 156th St.

Tukwila

Contact: Nancy Wittenberg, 253-841-0580 or email n_wittenberg@comcast.net

Click here for more information.


THE OVER THE HILL GANG


START/FINISH:

Safeway Store, 210 Washington Ave. S. KENT, WA

SPONSOR:

The Over the Hill Gang Volkssport Club AVA # 754

DATES AND TIMES:

Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2008 Daylight hours only. 7 days a week.

Water available at Start Point. Trail is OK for or wheel chairs and strollers.

TRAIL RATING:

Walk 79623 / Y0972 . The walk is 10K route along interurban paths and urban areas, and is rated a 1

Walk 79976 / Y1492 . The walk is 10K route through parts of town and its parks and onto interurban paths.

REGISTRATION:

There is no pre registration for this event. Register by signing the book at the Safeway Store. Pay appropriate fee and obtain a start cards. Each person must carry a start card even if you are participating for free.

ELIGIBILITY:

This event is open to everyone of all ages. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

DISCLAIMER:

Although every effort will be made to make this a safe, enjoyable event, the sponsors are not liable for accidents, injuries, thefts and other material damages. All participants are required to register at the start area and carry a start card. By doing so, each event participant agrees to accept the guidelines for Volkssport events published by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and to observe the principles of good sportsmanship. This event will be held regardless of weather. There will be no refunds.

START FEES:

The fee for IVV credit only is $3.00 ($2.00 for those 16 years old and younger). Participants may earn only ONE EVENT credit for each half of the year (one from Jan. 1 – June 30, one from July 1 – Dec. 31) but may earn as many distance credits as they wish. Participants may walk the course twice on one start card the same day. Each day the participant walks, he/she must re register and obtain a new start card.

DIRECTIONS:

North or South 1-5 -: NORTHBOUND exit #149A ( SR 516E/Kent. SOUTHBOUND exit # 149 (SR516 W/Kent/DesMoines)

Northbound RIGHT/Southbound LEFT onto Kent/DesMoines Road.

Continue down the hill, past the Meeker St exit until you reach Washington St. TURN LEFT onto Washington and then TURN RIGHT into the Safeway parking lot.

State Route 167: Exit ( Willis ST/Des Moines). NORTHBOUND LEFT/ SOUTHBOUND RIGHT onto Willis St. Go to Washington and TURN RIGHT and the RIGHT into the Safeway parking lot.

INFORMATION:

Contact: Any additional questions please contact me at 253-946-5397 or by e-mail at s.probst@comcast.nets.probst@comcast.net

Skip Probst

This event is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association, part of the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV), and counts toward the acquisition of IVV achievement awards.

DuPont, WA

CREDIT ONLY | 10 km Walk

START/FINISH: DuPont Store, 100 Barksdale Ave., DuPont, WA 98327. Phone: 253 964-5007

SPONSOR: The Over the Hill Gang Volkssport Club AVA #754

DATES AND TIMES: Jan. 1 to Dec.31, 2008. Daylight hours only. Closed Christmas. Store Hours: M-F 6am-9pm, Sat.7am-10pm /Sun.8am-9pm. Restrooms available at Start Point only Food & Water available for purchase

TRAIL RATING: Walk: 10KM rated a 1.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION:

Walk (NW08/995): 79622 walk on sidewalks and groomed trails through the historic City of DuPont and surrounding woods. The trail is a 10 km & rated a 1. The 10km is suitable for strollers, but not wheelchairs.

REGISTRATION: There is no pre-registration for this event. Register by signing the book at the DuPont Store. Pay appropriate fee and obtain a start card. Each person must carry a start card even if you are participating free.

ELIGIBILITY: This event is open to every one of all ages. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

DISCLAIMER: Although every effort will be made to make this a safe, enjoyable event, the sponsors are not liable for accidents, injuries, thefts and other material damages. AU participants are required to register at the start area and carry a start card. By doing so, each event participant agrees to accept the guidelines for Volkssport events published by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and to observe the principles of good sportsmanship. This event will be held regardless of weather. There will be no refunds.

This event is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association, part of the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV), and counts toward the acquisition of IVV achievement awards.

START FEES: The fee for IVV credit is $3.00 ($1.00 for those 16 years old and younger). Participants may earn IVV credit once during the period 1/l to 6/30 and once more for the 7/1 to 12/31 period. You may walk the course twice on one start card the same day. Each day the participant walks, he/she must re-register and obtain a new start card.

DIRECTIONS: North or South 1-5: Take Exit 119 and follow signs to DuPont. Start Point is at the DuPont Store, located 1/10 mile from 1-5. Parking available in gravel lot next to store or on city streets. Please do not park in front of the store.

INFORMATION: Contact Kathie Kirkpatrick Phone 253-912-4603 Elayne100@comcast.net

Or write: The-Over-The-Hill Gang CO/Diane Wagner President Graham, WA. 98338


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