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Please Join us November 29, 2019!

If your club has never participated, we invite you to host a traditional event or a group walk at your favorite YRE the day after Thanksgiving. A group walk only takes one person willing to lead a group. If you are a club returning to host an event, welcome back and thank you!

Please send your information to Hector at
hector@ava.org by October 7th to be included on the #OptOutside section of the AVA website and do not forget to advertise your event in your local area! OptOutside club events will also be featured on the AVA Facebook page. Anyone searching Facebook looking for #OptOutside events will find the AVA Facebook page and learn about our events. Lastly, the AVA will waive the sanction fee for all Traditional events hosted on November 29th, 2019. It’s that easy to contribute! Click image to see participating city, states and clubs. Click here for #OptOutside event form.

Group Works

The AVA National Office has created a Group Works account for each AVA club based on the email of the club's designated Point of Contact. Clubs may choose to opt in or out of Group Works. Before opting out, Clubs should consider the benefits of having a Group Works account especially in light of a new pilot proogram currently being initiated in selected states. If/when this program is adopted nationwide, it is likely to provide clubs, with Group Works accounts, high quality referrals of individuals interested in walking in that club's geographic area. Below is an introductory YouTube video about Groups Works.

Texas Trail Roundup

Please Join us in San Antonio for a Fabulous Walking Weekend!

Friday, 21 February: enjoy a 10 km or 5 km Art Walk in downtown San Antonio, featuring the work of Hannibal Pianta. Walkers will see the Courthouse, Aztec Theater, Aztec Theater, the River Walk, Milam Park and El Mercado, plus much more. Then attend our 1:30 Opening Ceremony, with a great briefing from the National Park Superintendent. Finally, those who bought rodeo tickets will had to the Rodeo (Transportation NOT Provided).

Saturday, 22 February: 42 km Marathoners head out early to walk by all 5 World Heritage Site Missions. Half-Marathoners (21 km) are bused to Mission Espada and walk back along the Acequia Trail, the Hike & Bike path and the River Walk. 13km walkers walk to Mission Concepcion and return. 5 km walkers visit King William, the Blue Star Art Complex and the Commander’s House. At 6:30 pm we have an International Dinner at La Margarita (pre-registration required).

Sunday, 23 February: 21 km walkers head to Brackenridge Park and the Japanese Tea Garden. 13 and 5 km walkers visit the Alamo, La Villita, and El Mercado. 13 km walkers add a visit to the Pearl. Please join us for our Closing Ceremony at 4:15 pm, as we honor our Marathoners and other walkers, and celebrate our first IML walk in San Antonio.

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Click here order your own Nordic Walking Pole. Use code AVA at check-out to get a 20% discount. Balance Walking will contribute a portion of the proceeds to the AVA!

New VOP "Walkin' Canada"! 2019 Registartion is now open. To learn more and register click on the image below. Walkin' Canada

Walkin' Canada is a virtual walk across Canada "visiting" 50 cities. As you pass these milestone cities you will receive information about the local IVV walk, interesting fun facts and history. To receive your Walkin' Canada T-Shirt, complete 5500 steps per day or a total of 2,007,500 by December 31, 2019. You can post your steps manually, sync with a fitbit or other walking device, most devices work with the program. There are still a few out there that may not. Don't have a walking pedometer or device, you may also use a smartphone!


Appalachian Trail Join us as we hike portions of the Appalachian Trail, America's first National Scenic Trail. Pristine lakes, rugged peaks and quiet forests await us.

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If you are doing any Holiday Traveling you might want to take advantage of the Red Roof Inn discount for AVA members and their families and support the AVA!
The AVA will receive 5% of all room revenues when you book at a Red Roof Inn using the Volume Plus Number (623002)! Red Roof’ Inn’s great rates and quality rooms means that you won’t be breaking the bank to afford a comfortable room. Through the American Volkssport Association , Red Roof Inn is also offering additional value. When you book your reservation using Volume Plus Number 623002, you’ll save 15% off Red Roof Inn’s Best Available rate. Red Roof Inn’s Volume Plus Number works just like an online coupon code. Use this link — https://www.redroof.com/deals/partner/American_Volkssport_Association — and Red Roof Inn’s online discount code will automatically be filled in for you! Or go to www.RedRoof.com to make a reservation. All you have to do to receive a discount at participating inns is enter Volume Plus Number 623002 in the VP+ / ID # slot. You can also make a reservation with an inn directly by calling 1-800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663). You are required to provide the Volume Plus Number 623002 to the reservationist when you make your reservation, BEFORE arriving at any Red Roof Inn property


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