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More than six million individuals have participated in volkssporting
Clubs schedule several
walks annually usually one or two-day events on a weekend, available
only on that date. Participants may start an event individually or in
a group at any time during a specified time period and are allowed more
than enough time to finish.
These are designated as “Traditional” events.
Also there are established
walk routes that can be walked throughout the year or seasonally at
the participant’s personal convenience. These are designated as year-round
and seasonal events.
Many people adopt
volkssporting as part of their lifestyle, and have completed hundreds
of events and thousands of kilometers.
While many begin walking for fitness (that inevitable medical
wake-up call), most continue because of friendships and social benefits
provided by the local clubs.
A unique aspect of
volkssporting is the Achievement Awards Program whereby participants
may enroll in an incentive awards program keeping records of distances
walked and events completed. Record
books are purchased for a nominal fee.
The record books
are stamped when the events are completed and after processing at the
Association headquarters, achievement awards consisting of a patch,
pin and certificate are returned to the participant.
AVA is run by an
all-volunteer board of directors with a President, Vice President, Secretary
and Treasurer and ten Regional Directors who form the National Executive
Council. There are six
paid employees at the headquarters location.
Promote and organize noncompetitive fitness activities that
encourage lifelong fun, fitness and friendship for all ages and
Increasingly engage Americans in lifelong walking and other
noncompetitive physical fitness activities.
1) Health and Safety 2) Volunteering and Public Service 3)
Non-Competitive and Inclusive 4) Adventure and Camaraderie 5)
Environmental Stewardship 6) Transparency and Accountability.
What is Volkssporting?
Volkssporting started in Germany and simply defined, is a personal
fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive
walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing.
You may choose your time to start within the start/finish “window” and
participate in the sport at your own pace.
Almost 400,000 Participants
The 2010-2011 AVA Biennial Report indicates that almost 400,000 people
took part in AVA events during the July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2010 reporting
Year-Round and Nationwide
Volkssporting events take place throughout the year, all around the
country. Historic and scenic sites are selected for their enjoyment.
Trails are carefully laid out and marked and easy to follow directions
or maps are provided.
Open to everyone, local club or national membership is optional, but highly recommended. Join the AVA today! Go to the www.ava.org homepage and use the membership link.
Volkssporting As A Lifestyle
Many people adopt volkssporting as part of their lifestyle, and have
completed hundreds of events and thousands of kilometers. While most
begin walking for fitness (that inevitable medical ‘‘wake-up call”),
most continue because of friendships and social benefits.
The average volkssporter is a “baby boomer,” in his or her mid-fifties,
and usually an “empty-nester” either approaching or beginning retirement.
Volkssporter Profile Continued
It is not uncommon to find two or three generations at AVA events. Adults
with children participate as a family while young adults enjoy more
extreme hikes and longer distances.
3,000+ Events Annually
With more than 3,000 events per year, about 1,200 events are ‘live’,
with many participants coming together to enjoy a delightful family
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