Saint Louis Walkersformerly "St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club"

FUN, FITNESS, & FRIENDSHIP
Member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA)
and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV)
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Saint Louis Walkers is about
Fun, Fitness, & Friendship! Come Walk With Us In 2022!

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, walks listed below offer both a 5k or a 10k route. $3/walker. Pets are welcome on MANY, but not all the walks. Contact the club to be sure.

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GUIDELINES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:

REGISTRATION could be conducted outside. Illinois and St. Louis County have relaxed their mask mandates.
They are no longer required inside most buildings. A club may ask you to handle cash by a procedure designed to ensure Covid safety. They may ask you to follow other regulations. CDC guidance, as of April 11, asks each person to evaluate for themselves.

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WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAYS (mornings) AND THREE-MILE THURSDAYS (evenings). Diane Prost is coordinating these walks. Click HERE to get to their website for up-to-the-minute details.

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JULY 7 - WALK ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN EDWARDSVILLE PARKS. Meet to register at the YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive in Edwardsville, Illinois at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 9 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at the Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas Street, at 9 am. Walk starts at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 9 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE, THE HISTORIC DISTRICT AND THE RICHLAND CREEK GREENWAY. Meet at Pour@322 Coffeehouse, 322 E. Main Street in Belleville at 8:45 am. Walk at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 12 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS IN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Meet at the Shrine Guesthouse, 451 DeMazenod Drive at 8:45 m. Walk begins at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 14 - WALK ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN BELLEVILLE EAST. Meet to register at the YMCA on 2627 Carlyle Avenue in East Belleville, IL at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 16 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN WEBSTER GROVES, MISSOURI. Register at the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale at 9 am. You can also register online if you prefer. Walk at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 16 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS THROUGH THE PARKS OF O'FALLON, ILLINOIS. Meet at Schnucks Kaldi's, 907 E. Hwy. 50 in O'Fallon at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 19 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN HISTORIC GLEN CARBON, ILLINOIS. Meet at the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main Street at 8:45 am. Walk at 9. $3/walker. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 21 - WALK ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN JEFFERSON BARRACKS, LEMAY (ST. LOUIS COUNTY), MISSOURI. Meet to register at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph Road in Lemay at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 23 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS, THE OAKLAND HISTORIC DISTRICT. Meet to register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street in Belleville at 9 am. You can also register online if you prefer. Walk at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 23 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN MASCOUTAH, ILLINOIS, FOR THREE-MILE THURSDAY. Meet at Scheve Park, 851 N. 6th Street in Mascoutah at 8:45 am. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 26 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN MILLSTADT, ILLINOIS. Meet at Millstadt Village Park, 112 W. Gooding Street at 8:45 am. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 28 - WALK ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN MARYVILLE, ILLINOIS. Meet to register at the CMT YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive in Maryville at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 30 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN O'FALLON, ILLINOIS. Meet to register at the YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road in O'Fallon at 9 am. If you prefer, you can register for this walk online. We start walking at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 30 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN COLUMBIA, ILLINOIS. Meet to register at the Masonic Lodge parking lot at 8:45. We start walking at 9 am from our Start Point at the Police Station. Please park in the north lot of the Masonic Lodge, at the corner of North Main and East Temple. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 4 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY IN MASCOUTAH, ILLINOIS. Meet to register at St. Louis Coffee World Coffee Shop, 200 E. Main Street in Mascoutah at 5:45 pm. Walking begins at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 6 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MISSOURI. Meet to register at the Richmond Heights Community Center, "The Heights," 8001 Dale Avenue at 9:15. If you prefer, you can also register online. We will walk at 9:30. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 13 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN MARYVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at the YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive at 9. If you prefer, you can also register for this walk online. We begin our walk at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 18 - WALK ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN HISTORIC COLUMBIA. Meet to register at the Columbia Police Department, 1020 N. Main Street, but park at the Masonic Lodge, #474, 1207 N. Main Street, at Temple at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 20 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS ON THE NEW CITY FOUNDRY EVENT WALK. The brand-new trails will start at the Food Hall of City Foundry and will consist of two loops, the south, a 6K, going through the Cortex area and The Grove; the north, a 5K, through St. Louis University and Harris-Stowe State University. The Food Hall won't open until 9 am, so our Start time will be later than usual, at 9:30 am-11 am. The brochure is in production.

Parking is off of Vandeventer Avenue, across the street from IKEA. If you're coming from Illinois, it will be easier to park in the parking garage off Spring Avenue. Of course, you can always park in the IKEA lot. All parking is free. The driving directions will be spelled out in the brochure, which is not quite ready to be published yet.

AUGUST 25 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN BELLEVILLE, IL AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE. Meet and register at the Shrine's Guest House, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive, at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 27 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AND SAINT LOUIS WALKERS IN QUEENY PARK. You can register online for this, but the Saint Louis Walkers will have the Walk Box with them so you can register in the parking lot. The parking lot is on the west side of Queeny, accessible by entering the park on Weidman Road and turning left at the first road on your left.

Driving Directions: From I-270 Exit #9, go west on Manchester Road approx. 2.6 miles and turn right on Weidman Road. Drive approx. 0.6 miles and turn right into Queeny Park. Then turn on first left to parking lot. OR Geographic Coordinates to parking lot (input these into your GPS device): 38.61016, -90.49318

Meet at the far end of the parking lot at 9 am. There is a porta-potty near the picnic pavilion. Walk starts at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information, call DeAnne at 314-878-8647.

SEPTEMBER 1 - WALK ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN MARYVILLE, ILLINOIS. Meet to register at the CMT YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive in Maryville at 5:45 pm. We start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 3 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN BELLEVILLE, ALONG THE RICHLAND CREEK GREENWAY. Meet to register at Pour @322 Coffeehouse, 322 E. Main Street in Belleville at 9 am. We walk at 9:15 am. $3/walker. For more inform!ation, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 5 - HAPPY LABOR DAY! 🇺🇸

SEPTEMBER 10 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN JEFFERSON BARRACKS. Meet at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph Road, Lemay, Missouri at 9 am. Walk at 9:15 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE. This is the weekend of the Spanish American War reenactment at Jefferson Barracks.

SEPTEMBER 17 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN ST. ELLEN MINE PARK, A NEW EVENT WALK IN O'FALLON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS. This park was the site of a former coal mining operation. There are four small lakes and paved walking trails with a good chance of spotting wildlife.

Driving Directions: From Interatate 64, take Exit 14. Head west on Hwy 50. Turn left on St. Ellen Mine Road and continue to the parking area at the end of the road.

Register at the pavilion on St. Ellen Mine Road, O'Fallon, Illinois, from 9 to 11 am. To download a brochure, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 24 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AND SAINT LOUIS WALKERS IN FOREST PARK, ST. LOUIS. You can register online. (Online Start Box instructions can be found by scrolling down towards the end of this website or by clicking the "Online Start Box" tab, seen above.) Or you can also register physically because the Walk Box is kept at the reception desk at the Visitors Center. Meet at the Visitors Center in Forest Park at at 9 am. Walk at 9:15 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 1 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN LEBANON, ILLINOIS. Details will be forthcoming. Save the date!

OCTOBER 1 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN GLEN CARBON, ILLINOIS. Meet to register at Casey's, 70 West Main Street in Glen Carbon at 9:15 am. Walk at 9:30. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 8 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS ALONG THE FEE FEE GREENWAY. This is a new walk for us. It's a paved path that goes from the Maryland Heights Aquaport area to Creve Coeur Park. You will probably see some deer. Details will be forthcoming. The brochure is in production.

NOVEMBER 12 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON A NEW EVENT WALK IN SHILOH, ILLINOIS. This is a tie-in to Veterans Day. This walk is still developing, so stay tuned.

NOVEMBER 21 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT THE ANNUAL WAY OF LIGHTS WALK AT THE BEAUTIFUL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS. Details will be forthcoming.

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REGIONAL TRIPS

April 15 - October 12 - Seasonal events in the Kansas counties of Cheyenne, Decatur, Norton, and Rawlins. For more information, please email Trudy at trudyduffman@yahoo.com or Terri at tltyler50@gmail.com.

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February 19-23, 2023 - IVV OLYMPIAD

February 24-26, 2023 - TEXAS TRAIL ROUNDUP, BY THE INTERNATIONAL MARCHING LEAGUE (IML)

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

THE FIRST TIME BOTH WALKING EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE SAME LOCATION BACK-TO-BACK! WALK THE RIVERWALK AND THE MISSION TRAIL AND SEE THE SAN ANTONIO STOCK AND RODEO SHOW!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN AT ivvolympiad2023.org.

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Events updated July 6, 2022

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Walk our **Year-Round Events (YREs) solo or with your family/friends whenever you want. Go to the locations below and follow the instructions. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, some access to some of our walks may still be changing. $3/walker. How to open an Online Start Box (OSB) account and how to use the OSB to register for a walk is found at the bottom of this website. Scroll down or click the tab.

Belleville, Downtown, Historic District & Richland Creek Greenway - Register at Pour@322 Coffeehouse, 332 East Main St, Belleville, IL. Please consider buying a drink or a food item as a Thank You. - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. POC: Susan Hodgson, 618-416-5533.

Belleville, IL (East) - Register at BE YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL - Walk or Bike - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. The Walk Binder is at the Reception Desk. POC: Packy and Susan Botula 618-236-9521.

Belleville, IL, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Shrine Guesthouse is now OPEN! The Walk Binder is at the Reception Desk. The address of the Shrine Guesthouse is 451 S. DeMazenod Drive. The Shrine Restaurant has closed permanently. There is a German restaurant, the Hofbrauhaus, across from the Shrine (on Hwy. 15). POC: Trudy Duffman, 618-670-6920.

Belleville, Oakland Historic District - Register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street, Belleville - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers.

Columbia, IL Downtown - A Walk in Historic Columbia. Register at the Columbia Police Department, 1020 N. Main Street - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. POC: Sue Bacon 571-345-8301. Parking is available at the Masonic Lodge #474, 1207 N. Main Street.

Edwardsville, IL - A Walk to Edwardsville Parks (Walk/Swim) - Register at the Reception Desk at the YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive. - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. Vickie, POC, 618-792-3881.

Edwardsville, IL - Register at the Reception Desk of the Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas St, Edwardsville, IL - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers.

Fairview Heights, IL - St. Clair Square Mall - Register at Walgreens, 6505 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Mall is OPEN but has been changing its hours. Call the mall for up-to-date info on their hours. Right now, as of March 3, the hours are: 10am-9pm M-S and 11-6pm on Sunday. The mall is open for walkers at 9 am. POC: Trudy Duffman, 618-670-6920.

Glen Carbon, IL - Old Town Walk. Register at Casey's General Store, 70 W. Main Street in Glen Carbon and drive to the Start, which begins outside the Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main Street. Park for free at the library. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. It's a good idea to call Casey's to verify their hours before you drive there. POC: Dee and Leonard Wojtysiak 618-530-3211.

Jefferson City, MO, Capital Walk - This walk has an ONLINE START BOX (OSB) only. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. POCs: DeAnne and Gordon Brown, 314-878-8647. Special Programs: City Hall and Little Free Libraries.

Kirkwood, MO - Register at the Kirkwood Library, 140 E. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The POC has the Walk Box. Call Cindy at 636-208-3425.

Marthasville, MO - This walk has an ONLINE START BOX only. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. POC: DeAnne and Gordon Brown, 314-878-8647. Special Programs: Rails to Trails and City Hall.

Maryville, IL - Register at CMT YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive, Maryville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The YMCA is open only for members. The POC has the Walk Binder. Call Vickie at 618-792-3881.

Mascoutah, IL - Register at St. Louis Coffee World Coffee Shop, 200 E. Main Street in Mascoutah. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers.

Millstadt, IL - Register at the IGA, 625 E. Washington Street in Mascoutah. The walk starts at Millstadt Village Park, 112 W. Gooding Street. - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers

O'Fallon, IL - Register at the YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon, IL - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers.

O'Fallon, IL - Walk in the Parks - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. The Walk Binder is in the new Customer Service Department (across from the florist). POC is Nikki at 618-973-3825. Schnucks is located at 907 E. Hwy 50 in O'Fallon.

St. Charles, MO - Sponsored by the Sunflower Sod Stompers of Topeka, KS. Register at the Best Western Plus The Charles Hotel, 1425 S. 5th Street, St. Charles. Phone: 636-946-6936. The Start/Finish is on the west side of 5th Street. Walkers drive a short distance from the Best Western, cross 5th Street, and park at the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum where the walk starts. That address is 1050 South Riverside Drive. Almost all restaurants and shops on Main Street are open. For the latest information, please call Trudy at 618-670-6920. Special Program: Rails to Trails

St. Louis City - Central West End, St. Louis - Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. The Walk Box is back again at the Visitors Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive. The manager told us today (January 13) that the Visitors Center will remain open, but they may be short-staffed, forcing them to open later or close earlier. Please call to verify. The Visitors Center number is 314-367-7275. The walk starts from there. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) For more information, email deeebee333@gmail.com Special Programs: Rockin' Around the Clock, Little Free Libraries, and Walk Like an Olympian. The Walk Box also contains materials for our Forest Park Walk.

St. Louis County - Creve Coeur Park, Maryland Heights, MO - Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. POCs DeAnne and Gordon have the Walk Box. Please call us at 314-878-8647 or email DeAnne at deeebee333@gmail.com and we can make arrangements. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) Restrooms and porta potties are available around the park. Bring hand sanitizer. The map and directions are precise in distances and have the Start Point at the Creve Coeur Lakehouse Bar & Grill, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road. Both routes are level, rated 1A. Creve Coeur is a favorite because there are so many activities in the park and changes of scenery. Special Program: Walk Like An Olympian.

St. Louis City - Downtown - Sponsored by the Saint Louis Walkers. Register at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market St., St. Louis, MO - Our Walk Box is at the front desk or you can also register through the Online Start Box (OSB). (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this web page.) NOTE: DO NOT bring dogs. They are not allowed in the buildings that we pass through on the trail. If the Horseshoe Casino (formerly Lumiere) restrooms on your right are closed, walk across the lobby to the other side for the restrooms. There is a soda and water machine in the back of the casino. You are welcome to visit any of the public museums along the route: Soldiers Memorial (free), St. Louis Public Library (free and like a palace), The Arch (small admission fee to go up to the top), the Arch Museum (free), the museum at the Old Cathedral (very small admission fee), the Old Courthouse (free) but has been closed for renovation. It may open again later in 2022. Restrooms are available in most of these buildings, but their hours may be restricted due to the pandemic. The phone number for the Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station (their listed name) is 314-241-3200. This walk is also available as an Online Start Box. POCs: DeAnne and Gordon Brown. For more information, please email deeebee333@gmail.com. Special Programs: Carousels Across America, Border Crossings, Rockin' Around The Clock, Walking with America's Veterans, and Walking Like An Olympian.

St. Louis City - Forest Park - Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. The Walk Box is back again at the Visitors Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive. NOTE: The manager told us today (January 13) that the Visitors Center will remain open, but they may be short-staffed, forcing them to open later or close earlier. Please call to verify. The Visitors Center number is 314-367-7275. The walk starts from there. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) For more information, email deeebee333@gmail.com. NOTE: Our route goes into the Zoo. Dogs are not permitted in the Zoo or in any buildings. If you have your dog with you, just add on about 1/4 mile wherever you please to make up the distance. The 10k route passes the Jewel Box which is the Art Deco greenhouse (not usually open to the public) and the St. Louis Planetarium and Science Center (restrooms available, free museum, walk-in basis--BUT there are Covid restrictions still in place as of June 26! See below. The 10k and the 5k routes both lead into the Zoo (see the above Note), pass the Art Museum (free, restrooms) and the Missouri History Museum (free, restrooms). Covid restrictions: As of May 23, reservations are NO LONGER required at the Zoo. Just walk in. FREE. Guests cannot enter through the Planetarium at this time (June 26); entry to the St. Louis Science Center and McDonnell Planetarium is only permitted from the Oakland Building across the highway. FREE. Masks are recommended in the Science Center and Planetarium. (You will need to drive to the Science Center if you want to see it, and then cross to the Planetarium via the Skybridge over the highway.) Masks are no longer required in the St. Louis Art Museum. FREE. There is no mention of Covid restrictions on the Missouri History Museum's website. Masks are optional. Special Programs: Carousels Across America, Rockin' Around the Clock, Walking with America's Veterans (10K only), and Walking Like An Olympian. The Walk Box also contains materials for our Central West End Walk.

St. Louis County - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and Park, Lemay, MO - Register at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph Road, Lemay - Sponsored by the Illinois Trekkers. NOTE: Do not bring your dog. Dogs are not allowed in National Cemetery. POC: Sue Bacon, 571-345-8301.

St. Louis County - Queeny Park, Town and County, Missouri - Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. Registration by OSB (online start box). (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) The walk and parking instructions are given when you register online, but you would enter the park on the Weidman Road side to be close to the Start of the walk. Queeny's address is 550 Weidman Road, St. Louis, MO 63131. For more information, send an email to DeAnne at deeebee333@gmail.com. She and Gordon are the POCs and have the stamp. If you'd like to make other arrangements for walking, please call us at 314-878-8647.

St. Louis County - Richmond Heights, MO - Register at Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave - Sponsored by the Gateway Milers. The Walk Box is at the Reception Desk.

St. Louis City AND County - University City, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. - POCs DeAnne and Gordon have the Walk Box. You can come by our house to register. Please call us at 314-878-8647 first or email me at deeebee333@gmail.com and we can make arrangements. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) Special Programs: Rockin' Around the Clock, City Halls, and Walk Like An Olympian. Free parking is available in the lot across from the University City Library at Kingsland and Loop North (formerly Enright). This large parking lot is behind the restaurants on the west end of Delmar Boulevard.

St. Louis County - Webster Groves, MO - Register at the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. Call the Rec Center to see if you can access the Walk Box: 314-963-5600.

Springfield, IL - Capitol Walk- OPEN! Register at the Carpenter Street Hotel, 525 N. 6th Street in Springfield. POCs: Dee and Leonard Wojtysiak, 618-530-3325.

Washington, MO - Sponsored by Saint Louis Walkers. Register as an Online Start. There is no physical Box. (OSB instructions are at the bottom of this website.) The Start of the walk begins at the Amtrak Station, 301 W. Front Street, Washington. POCs: DeAnne and Gordon Brown, 314-878-8647. Special Programs: City Halls, Little Free Libraries, and Rockin' Around the Clock.

History of the Saint Louis Walkers

(formerly St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club)

Why did we have that funny name?

Why do we use red, black, and gold?

Volkssporting (meaning "people's sports"--could be walking, running, swimming, or biking) was brought to the United States by servicemen and women who had been stationed in Germany and who came to love the German sport of group walking. The first walk in this country was June 12, 1976, in Fredericksburg, Texas. (The stamp number for that walk is 0001.) Volksmarching spread rapidly in the years that followed, both in the United States and in Canada.

In 1986 St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Club formed a sub-committee in order to organize a Volksmarch club to introduce St. Louisans to that popular German tradition. Its mission was to organize 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) walks in keeping with the guidelines of the American Volkssport Association (AVA)--which we now call "America's Walking Club"--and the International Volkssport Verband (IVV).

The initial walk in October 1986 had a surprising turnout of over 500 walkers. Inspired by success, the sub-committee walked themselves into a freestanding organization with their own officers (but still affiliated with the St. Louis-Stuttgart Committee) and opened membership. The group scheduled six to eight single-day walks each year (Traditional Events) and also set up three separate year-round events (YREs, walks that can be done 365 days/year) in Downtown St. Louis, the Central West End, and Ferguson. Since 1986 this club has sponsored over 200 walks and has registered more than 30,000 people from across the U.S. and from many foreign countries.

Over the years a number of other Volkssport clubs were formed in the Greater St. Louis area. After some time there were over eight clubs hosting walks in the St. Louis area and in southern Illinois. As Volkssporting grew, the national organization grew, and our club grew. The AVA began hosting a national convention every two years, and members of St. Louis-Stuttgart attended and represented our club in business affairs and voting. Two of our club members became regional directors in the national organization: Victor Shaff and Ed Tod. Volkssporting in Canada was organized under the Canadian Volkssport Federation. The AVA and the CVF alternate conventions every two years. In 2021 the AVA met in Madison, Wisconsin; in 2022 the Canadians are meeting in Penticton, British Columbia; in 2023 the AVA will meet in San Antonio, Texas.

In recent years, Volkssporting has lost some of its popularity as other organized sports, running, and children's activities have displaced walking. Nevertheless, our club continued and in 2021 we celebrated our 35th anniversary. Every year we plan a number of traditional events and we have eight Year-Round Event (YRE) walks, including two of the original walks: Downtown and the Central West End. In 2021 we had Online Start Boxes (OSL) for all our walks.

Because we are no longer associated with the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Club or with the German Club here in St. Louis and for simplification, the club voted in January 2020 to change our name to Saint Louis Walkers. The coronavirus pandemic slowed everything down, but our name change was finally approved by the Missouri Secretary of State in early 2021. We acquired a new logo very recently: the St. Louis Arch in red, a blue line for the Mississippi River, and a gold line for a trail. The AVA will be sending us a new banner soon.

We welcome new walkers and new members. Scroll below for a membership form. Please join us in enjoying this fun and very healthy sport where we develop friendships by walking together.

And we use red, black, and gold for the colors of the German flag to remind us of our history!

What some walkers say about walking with the AVA clubs:

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We walk because it is good for us and AVA makes it fun. We meet people and see things we wouldn't see otherwise. We walk mostly for our health--we can eat more!

David Bonewitz, PhD
Former AVA Board President
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I controlled my diabetes and lost weight. I kept my blood sugar down. I have seen so many interesting and historic places all around the country. I have explored and hiked with my own family. There are so many wonderful sights to see!

Nancy Wittenberg,
AVA Board President
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Volkssporting is an important part of my life. I learned a lot traveling, walking in new places. I get to walk in the country and in the cities. All over the world, I have Volksmarched. It is important to keep a healthy balance and Volksmarching does that.

Ellen Ott, President of the Randolph Roadrunners Volksmarching Club

Contact us
Feel free to send us an email with your questions or comments.

OFFICERS OF SAINT LOUIS WALKERS:

DeAnne Brown, President - deeebee333@gmail.com - 314-878-8647

Leonard Wojtysiak, Vice President - lpw46@icloud.com - 618-530-3211

Steve McGrath, Secretary - normsrestaurant@gmail.com - 760-793-2976

Gordon Brown, Treasurer and TrailMaster - brownstl@swbell.net - 314-878-8647

Membership is $6/year/walker or $12/household. Be sure to include your address, phone number, and email, list the members of your family who live with you, and send a check for $6 or $12, payable to Saint Louis Walkers to: Gordon Brown, Treasurer, 12448 Glenbush Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. We keep your addresses and phone numbers confidential.

Click HERE to download a 2022 Membership application.

MEETINGS IN 2022

We meet on Zoom on the second Wednesday every other month at 7-7:40 pm. We will most likely continue meeting on Zoom even after the pandemic ends. Our next meeting is August 10. Members receive an Agenda and a Zoom link by email a day or two before.

Go to our Facebook page for photos and last-minute information. We're under "GROUPS" on Facebook. Press f or CONNECT FACEBOOK below:

Hours
  1. Monday
    9:00am
    10:00pm
  2. Tuesday
    9:00am
    10:00pm
  3. Wednesday
    9:00am
    10:00pm
  4. Thursday
    9:00am
    10:00pm
  5. Friday
    9:00am
    10:00pm
  6. Saturday
    9:00am
    6:00pm
  7. Sunday
    9:00am
    12:00pm

Online Start Box (OSB) Acct.
You do not have to be a member of AVA or any club to open an Online Start Box (OSB) account. The use of the OSB is open to everyone. Follow these five steps:

  • Step 1

    To open an account, go to my.ava.org. Read the home page. Click the “New Account” tab at the top, read the information, and then click the “Got It!” button. That opens the screen where you type your name, email address, a password with at least eight characters, and then enter what you read in the box with funny characters to verify you’re not a robot.

  • Step 2

    Read the information, then click the “Got It!” button. In the next screen that opens, verify your email address and your password. Click the “Verify Login” box.

  • Step 3

    You'll get a notification that “Your new account has been created and this is your account home page.” An email will be sent to you with a verification code in it and instructions on how to verify it. Type that verification code in the box called “Action Code.” Click “NEXT”

  • Step 4

    Type your name in to sign the Athletic Waiver. Click “Got It!” and then “NEXT.”

  • Step 5

    Set up your OSB. AVA has a secure site. The Event Bank is where you deposit funds. Use your credit card. Each walk costs $3 per walker, so deposit an amount divisible by 3. A small transaction fee is added each time you add funds to your Event Bank. A small deposit is charged higher fees than a large one. The minimal deposit is $3, the maximum $100. Fees will range from about 49 cents for one event to about 10 cents per event if you deposit $100.

Using Online Start Box (OSB)
First, open an Online Start Box (OSB) account. The instructions for opening an OSB are above, shown in five steps. Below are instructions on how to use the OSB to plan your walks, register and pay, get your map and walk directions, and finish your registration at the Finish Table.

  • Step 1

    For information on how to use the OSB, go to my.ava.org. Read the information in the green boxes. Log in. Click the "Find A…” tab on the top right.

  • Step 2

    Choose "Search by State." All the walks in that state will be listed, including Traditional walks. Note that at this time the system will only allow you to register via the Online Start Box (OSB) for YREs (Year-Round Events) or seasonals.

    Click on the state you want to walk in.

  • Step 3

    Note the large OSB marked next to some walks. These are the walks set up with Online Start Boxes. Not every walk has an OSB. Those walks would have a Physical Start Box (PSB) and you would have to drive to a specific location to register for that walk. Some have both. Sometimes the POC (Point of Contact) will have the Walk Box, and you are free to call them.

    Scroll down the list of walks to find the one you want. Click the VIEW button.

  • Step 4

    The VIEW button leads you to a screen with important information pertaining to the walk. After you read the details, click the "Register on OSB for the event" button. The OSB Event Registration allows you to register other people who might be walking with you. You can connect them to your account by clicking the "Go to Connections" button.

    Be sure that the box by your own name is checked and click "Register for the Event" button. You are asked to confirm your registration.

  • Step 5

    This Registration screen allows you to download and print your walk directions in a PDF format. $2 will be deducted from your account for the walk directions, which you print out, and the remaining $1 will be deducted at the Finish Table. Each walker pays $3.

    Click "Done" which brings you to the Finish Table screen. You can also return to the Finish Table after your walk. Log out.

    NOTE: You can register before you walk and get walk directions and then return to the Finish Table after your walk to complete this process OR you can fully register after your walk but you won't have walk directions although you will have finished the registration process at one sitting.

  • Step 6

    After you have finished your walk, go to the Finish Table to end the registration process. Log in to my.ava.org. "My Account" screen opens. Click "Start Box" tab at the top and then the "Finish Table" tab. Click "Go to the finish table." Click the walk that you finished. The screen changes.

    Type in the date you walked, the distance, and check any Special Programs. Click "Submit and go to confirmation page."

    Click "Download PDF" to get your stamps. The stamps will be printed on your paper as insert cards, and then you cut the numbers out and paste them in your books. We suggest downloading the PDFs one at a time and setting the print size at 70%.

    Logout.