St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club
"The St. Louis Walkers"

FUN, FITNESS, & FRIENDSHIP through our planned 5/10K walks
Member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV)
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The St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club is about
Fun, Fitness, & Friendship! Come Walk With Us In 2020!

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

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NEW AVA GUIDELINES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 DURING GROUP WALKS:

REGISTRATION will likely be conducted outside. Line up single file six feet apart. Masks are required at registration. Put $3 cash or a check and your completed Start Card inside a bag that will be nearby. Bring your own pen and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available at the Registration.

We are required to keep a maximum of ten walkers per group. If we have more than ten, we will need to break up the group and stagger departures by about 5-10 minutes.

Walkers are advised to stay six feet apart on the trail. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged to be worn when around others. Be sure to use your hand sanitizer when using restrooms or porta-potties.

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WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAYS. Diane Prost is coordinating these walks. Click HERE to get to their website for up-to-the-minute details.

WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS - Three-Mile Thursdays! Walks are currently being scheduled by Diane Prost. Click HERE for the latest info. Registration is at 5:45 pm. Step-off is at 6pm.

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NOVEMBER 26 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🦃

NOVEMBER 27 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN HERMANN, MISSOURI on OPT-OUT FRIDAY. Note: This walk can only be registered thru the Online Start Box (OSB) on the AVA website (www.ava.org). If you do not already have an AVA/OSB account, you will need to create one. It is easy! Just follow the instructions, but register early. We're meeting at Hermann Riverfront Park on 251 Wharf Street at 9:45-10, stepping off at 10 am. For more information, please click HERE. $3/walker

NOVEMBER 27 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON OPT-OUT FRIDAY IN THE PARKS OF O'FALLON, IL. Register at 9:45. Walk at 10. $3/walker. Register at the O'Fallon Schnucks, 907 East Highway 50. For more information, click HERE OR call Trudy 618-670-6920 or Nikki 618-973-3825.

NOVEMBER 28 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN COLUMBIA, ILLINOIS. Register at 9:45 at the City Police Station, 1020 N. Main Street at 9:45. Walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE or call Sue 571-345-8301.

NOVEMBER 28 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN THE CENTRAL WEST END, ST. LOUIS, MO. This is a St. Louis-Stuttgart walk. Register in the parking lot of the Visitors Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive at 9:45. Step off at 10. For more information, drop an email to deeebee333@gmail.com. $3/walker.

DECEMBER 5 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN UNIVERSITY CITY, MISSOURI. This route has changed a bit due to the closure of the Washington University campus, so we'll see the campus another way by walking around it. It's the same distance. Meet at 9:45 in the parking lot on Kingsland, just north of Delmar. It's behind what used to be Cicero's. Step off at 10. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

DECEMBER 12 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT NIGHT. Register online (AVA's Online Start Box) OR in the parking lot of the Kirkwood Library, 140 East Jefferson Avenue, at 5:45 pm and walk at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

DECEMBER 19 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI. This walk has been updated recently by the Sunflower Sod Stompers. Register at the Best Western Plus the Charles Hotel, 1425 S. 5th Street in St. Charles at 9:45. Leave at 10 to drive to the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum where the walk begins. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE. Don't forget to bring home some Grandma's cookies!

DECEMBER 24 - JANUARY 1 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 🎄

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REGIONAL TRIPS

THE "WALK THE 114 MISSOURI COUNTIES" PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. WE WILL PLAN FOR THIS PROGRAM AGAIN IN 2021, BUT YOU CAN WALK THESE COUNTIES RIGHT NOW:

The Walk Box for Linn, MO is in place at The Stone Hearth Inn. The address is 1639 Highway 50 East in Linn. Please call the inn before you drive there. Linn is in Osage County.

THE SEASONAL WALK IN POTOSI WAS DUE TO OPEN APRIL 1, but the Registration is at the library which may still be closed. The library's days and hours vary, so please call them before you go there to walk. The address for the Washington County Library is High and Mill Streets in Potosi.

THE SEASONAL WALK IN MONTGOMERY CITY WAS DUE TO OPEN APRIL 1, but the Registration is at the library which may still be is closed. The library's days and hours vary, so please call them before you go there to walk. The address for the Montgomery City Library is 224 N. Allen Street. Montgomery City is in Montgomery County.

Marthasville in Warren County has an Online Start Box and can be walked anytime.

If you need McDonald County for your Missouri Counties book, there is a Seasonal Event in Southwest City, Missoouri. This is a Remote Registration through the POC, Doris Conyers. The Dogwood Trailblazers Club is walking there on September 26, and Doris will have registration materials and the stamp for those who want to join the Dogwood Trailblazers for a guided walk. Meet at 9 am in Blankenship Park/Southwest City Park at 501 N. Main/MO Hwy 43 to register. We start walking at 9:30 am. Doris will also have registration materials, directions, and the stamp with her at the Bentonville, AR walk, October 23-25 for those who choose to walk Southwest City on their way home. Note that the Remote Registration ends December 31 and will not be renewed for 2021.

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The Mid-America Regional Conference in Dayton, Ohio has been postponed until 2022.

For more information, please go the Gateway Milers' website, www.gatewaymilers.org or to the Illinois Trekkers' website, www.illinois-trekkers.org.

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JOIN THE SUNFLOWER SOD STOMPERS OF TOPEKA FOR THEIR "COWBOY BOOTS & RUBY-RED SHOES" ON THE HIGH PLAINS OF KANSAS AND THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE, APRIL 1-JUNE 30, 2021. Mini-Seasonal Events are featured: 7 walks, 7 counties, and 6 swims.

For more information, check the AVA website. For Boise City & Guymon, OK walks, contact Clark Southard, buck_pilot_06@yahoo.com, 580-475-4453. For Beaver & Buffalo, OK walks; Guymon, OK swims; and Elkhart, Hugoton, and Liberal KS walks and swims, contact Terri Tyler at tltyler50@gmail.com, 785-817-6333.

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The 22nd AVA Biennial Convention will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, June 29 to July 3, 2021. Four pre-convention walks and bike events are scheduled for June 26-29, but walkers and bikers can take these trails any day before, during, or after the convention:

1) Galena, IL

2) Oconomowoc, WI

3) Green Bay, WI

4) Sparta, WI

The convention walks in Madison June 29-July 3 include social events, and walking, biking, and swimming in and around:

The state capitol, the University of Wisconsin campus, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Concerts on the Square, the Dane County Farmers' Market, and numerous Bucky Badger and Holstein cow statues.

A post-convention walk on July 3 is the Community Walk and Health Fair event in Madison.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Madison Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison. Ask for the AVA 2021 Biennial Convention block to get a discount. It's time to make your hotel reservations. Call 800-356-8293.

For lots more information, please go to www.ava.org.

Keep smilin' and say "Cheese!" These conventions are really a lot of fun!

Events updated November 25,, 2020

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Brochures Are Available!

We have brochures available for St. Louis-Stuttgart's Traditional Walks! Please specify which brochure you'd like.
Or...walk our **Year-Round Events (YREs)/ Seasonal Walks, solo or with your family/friends whenever you want. Go to the locations below and ask for the Walk Box. Sign in, take the map. $3/walker

Belleville, Downtown, Historic District & Richland Creek Greenway - Register at Balance Coffee, 732 S. Illinois St, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers.

Belleville, IL - Register at BE YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL - Walk or Bike - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. The YMCA is open. The Walk Binder is at the desk.

Belleville, IL, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Shrine Guesthouse is closed because of the coronavirus. Contact Trudy at 618-670-6920 if you would like to walk there. She has the Walk Binder. The Shrine Restaurant has closed permanently.

Belleville, Oakland Historic District - Register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street, Belleville - ALERT: Open to members only. Sponsored by The Gateway Milers.

Central West End, St. Louis - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. DeAnne and Gordon have the Walk Box. Please call us at 314-878-8647. You can come by our home to register or send an email to me at deeebee333@gmail.com and we can make other arrangements. During this time of pandemic, walkers can also pencil in their walks in their books to be stamped and paid for at a later date. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. The Visitors Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, is open only for restroom use. The walk starts at the Visitors Center.

Columbia, IL Downtown - A Walk in Historic Columbia. Register at Cafe on the Abbey, 340 S. Main Street, Columbia, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. A new trail and Start Point will open soon!

Creve Coeur Park - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. DeAnne and Gordon have the Walk Box. Please call us at 314-878-8647 or email me at deeebee333@gmail.com and we can make other arrangements. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. You can also pencil it in your book to be stamped and paid for at a later date. Restrooms and porta potties are available in the park. Use hand sanitizer. Walk around one lake for a 5K, walk around both lakes for a 10K. This walk is level and is a favorite because there's so much to see.

Edwardsville, IL - A Walk to Edwardsville Parks (Walk/Swim) - Register at the YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The YMCA is open only to members, but the POC has the Walk Binder. Call Vickie at 618-792-3881 to make arrangements.

Edwardsville, IL - Register at the Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas St, Edwardsville, IL - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The Edwardsville library is closed to all customers. Walkers call the library at: 618-692-7556 when you arrive and the staff will bring out the walk binder. When done with the binder contact the library staff again and they will come out to get the binder.

Fairview Heights, St. Clair Square Mall, IL - Register at Walgreens, 6505 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Mall is OPEN but has limited hours. Call the mall for up-to-date info on their hours. Right now, the hours are: 11am-7pm M-S and noon-6pm on Sunday.

Forest Park - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. DeAnne and Gordon have the Walk Box. You can come by our home to stamp. Please call us at 314-878-8647 first or email me at deeebee333@gmail.com and we can make other arrangements. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. During this pendemic, you can also pencil the walk in your book to be stamped and paid for at a later date. The Visitors Center, at 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, is open only for restroom use. The walk starts at the Visitors Center. NOTE: Our pre-Covid route goes into the Zoo. Dogs are not permitted in the Zoo. However, if you avoid the Zoo (Covid restrictions require reservations), you can bring your dog as long as it does not enter buildings. Just add on about 1/4 mile wherever you please to make up the distance.

Glen Carbon, IL - Register at Casey's General Store, 70 W. Main St, Glen Carbon, IL - Register at Casey's and drive to the Start, which begins outside the Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main Street. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. Because registration is at Casey's, you can register there and drive to the Start. Park at the library. Call Casey's to verify their hours before you drive there.

Hartford's Lewis & Clark, IL - Register at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, Interpretive Center, 1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. ALERT: This may be closed due to COVID-19. Please call before you go. 618-251-5811.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and Park - Register at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph, Lemay, MO - Sponsored by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. NOTE: Do not bring your dog. Dogs are not allowed in National Cemetery.

Jefferson City, MO, Capital Walk - This walk has an ONLINE START BOX (OSB). Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. For information on how the OSB works and how to register, please click HERE.

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 - ONLINE START BOX. Seasonal walk, May 1-December 31. Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. See the above link under Jefferson City for instructions on how to register online.

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

Mascoutah, IL - Register at St. Louis Coffee World, 200 E. Main St, Mascoutah, IL - 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. ALERT: The walk is temporarily suspended. Click HERE for updated information.

O'Fallon, IL - Walk in the Parks - Register at Schnucks, 907 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: Schnucks' Customer Service Counter is closed, but Nikki, POC, has the Walk Binder. Please call Nikki at 618-973-3825. You can contact Nikki or just keep track of your walks in your IVV books and stamp and pay later.

Richmond Heights, MO - Register at Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis - Sponsored by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. ALERT: The Rec Center is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

St. Charles, MO - Sponsored by the Sunflower Sod Stompers of Topeka, KS. There is a new Start location: Best Western Plus The Charles Hotel, 1425 S. 5th Street, St. Charles. Phone: 636-946-6936. This new Start/Finish is on the west side of 5th; the original Start/Finish site was on the east side of 5th, now a construction site. Walkers drive from the Best Western and park at the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum where the walk starts. There are a few changes on the route. Almost all restaurants and shops on Main Street are open. For the latest information, please call Trudy at 618-670-6920.

St. Louis - Downtown - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. Register at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market St., St. Louis, MO - Our Walk Box is at the front desk. NOTE: Please DO NOT bring dogs. They are not allowed in the buildings that we pass through on the trail. We have adjusted the route with a "walk-around" the tunnel, because the tunnel is closed for the duration of the pandemic. 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), the Arch Museum (free), the museum at the Old Cathedral (very small admission fee), the Old Courthouse (free). 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.

University City, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. - 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 other arrangements. The Online Start Box (OSB) is also available for registration. During this pendemic, you can also pencil the walk in your book to be stamped and paid for at a later date. NOTE: The Washington University campus is closed to visitors. Therefore, walkers will walk around the perimeter of the campus. The distance is the same.

Washington, MO - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. Register at the Amtrak station, 301 W. Front Street, Washington. (The Walk Box is on the floor, left corner of the station as you enter.) This is a seasonal walk, April 1-December 31. This walk now has an Online Start Box, but you can still go to the Amtrak station to register.

Webster Groves, MO - Register at the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves, MO - Sponsored by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. ALERT: The Rec Center is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

History of the St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club

Why do we have that funny name?

Why do we use red, black, and gold?

In 1986 the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Club formed a sub-committee in order to organize a Volksmarch club to introduce St. Louisans to a popular tradition from Germany, the country of our sister city, Stuttgart. Its mission was to organize 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) walks in keeping with the guidelines of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) 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 suburban 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. A display board with all the individually designed medals and patches for each walk was developed.

Over the years a number of other Volkssport clubs were formed in the Greater St. Louis area, and 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.

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 2016 celebrated its 30th anniversary. In 2020 we planned three traditional events and we have seven YREs or seasonal walks. We have two Online Start Boxes for locations farther afield.

We welcome new walkers and new members. Please join us in enjoying this very healthy sport.

And we use red, black, and gold for the colors of the German flag!

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, 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 Vice 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 ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART VOLKSMARCH CLUB:

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

Dee Wojtysiak, Vice President - drw488@gmail.com - 618-530-3325

Leonard Wojtysiak, Secretary - lpw466@gmail.com - 618-530-3211

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

Membership is $6/year/walker or $12/family. Be sure to include your address, phone number, and email, list the members of your family, and send a check for $6 or $12, payable to St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club to: Gordon Brown, Treasurer, 12448 Glenbush Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

Click this link to download a Membership Application.

MEETINGS IN 2020:

Our next meeting was supposed to have been at our Christmas party on December 9. Covid, aka The Grinch, took our Christmas party away. No meetings are planned at this time.

We follow the AVA Guidelines and local regulations to limit the spread of the coronavirus on all our walks. These rules are listed above under the "WALKS" tab.

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
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