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Join us Nov. 2-3 for some volkssporting

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Date published: 10/9/2013

Join us Nov. 2-3 for some volkssporting

I enjoy greeting others walking and biking on the River Heritage Trail. Arianna Huffington's Sept. 28 op-ed titled "Walking: Good for the body and the mind" reminded me of the many benefits of walking.

Since 1976, the American Volkssport Association has worked to provide opportunities for people to get out of the house, meet new people, and participate in a low-impact, self-paced form of walking called volkssporting.

AVA encourages physical fitness, fun, and friendship for people of all ages and abilities. Walking is a ready-made prescription for individuals who don't exercise much, the elderly, or those who are overweight.

The Germanna Volkssport Association in Fredericksburg is part of this grass-roots, nationwide network of sports clubs that sanction more than 3,000 events in the 50 states every year.

Individuals who want to enjoy the benefits of walking are invited to participate in two upcoming walks--one in Fredericksburg on Nov. 2 and one at Fort A.P. Hill on Nov. 3.

Trails are either pre-marked or map guided. Normally two walk distances of about 3 and 6 miles are offered. Participants may walk individually or in a group at any time during a specified time period and are allowed more than enough time to finish.

For both November walks, we're offering a guided walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. for new walkers or those preferring to walk with a group. These walks are open to the public, and you don't need to be an athlete to participate.

Visit our club website at walkfredericksburg.com for more information. For additional information on the American Volkssport Association, go to ava.org

Kay Shoemaker


The writer is president, Germanna Volkssport Association.