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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. $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! 🎄
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.
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.
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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-817-6333.
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