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Sport walking to health

Staff reports

For those interested in walking for fun, fitness and fellowship, Tahoe Trail Trekkers may be the ticket.

Tahoe Trail Trekkers is an independent hiking club that goes out on hikes in different areas twice a week in the summer months, and in the winter, occasionally goes out to cross country ski or snowshoe.

In addition to being an independent club, some members of Tahoe Trail Trekkers belong to the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV). More than 30 nations belong to IVV. One of the latest to join is China, with walks on the Great Wall.

The California Volkssport Association (AVA) and the American Volkssport Association (AVA) belong to IVV. According to AVA’s Web site ” http://www.ava.org. ” its network of 350 walking clubs organize more than 3,000 walking events per year in all 50 states, as well as occasional bikes, skis and swims. So, nobody is ever far from a volkswalk.

Local clubs set the walks and often host weekend events with several walks to add fun and variety.

Many walks are set in historic areas offering a mini history lesson. For example: the Freedom Trail in Boston and Hadrian’s Wall in the United Kingdom.

The length of a typical Volkswalk is 10 km, or 6.2 miles. Most weekend events will have 5 km routes, as well. There is nothing that says anyone must finish any route, as Volkssporting is designed for fun.

It costs nothing to join. No money is involved until one becomes addicted and begins keeping personal record books.

A modest $3 per walk fee is then required and collected by the local club. Events are open to all.

For more information, visit http://www.WalkCalif.info. For local info, visit http://www.tahoetrailtrekkers.org or e-mail snogo@telis.org or call Diane and Jim Morrison 546-2325.

Tahoe Trail Trekkers will be hosting the CVA annual convention at Granlibakken May 20-22. Come on by and see what it’s all about, and perhaps do a walk or two.