St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club
"The Saint 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 2021!

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.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉🥳🎊

JANUARY 30 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN EDWARDSVILLE, IL. Meet at the YMCA parking lot, 1200 Esic Drive at 9:45 to register. Walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JANUARY 30 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN CREVE COEUR PARK, MO. Meet in the parking lot of the Lakehouse Bar and Grill, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Creve Coeur, MO at 9:45(register) & 10:00(walk). We will have the new stamp for 2021 with us. There is no need to register online for this walk if you join us on this Saturday. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

FEBRUARY 2 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN OLD TOWN, GLEN CARBON, IL AND CELEBRATE GROUNDHOG DAY WITH THEM! Register and meet at 9:45 outside the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main Street. Start walking at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 6 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN CUIVRE RIVER, MO. (Cuivre rhymes with river!) Meet at the Visitors Center, 678 MO-147 in Troy, Missouri at 9:45. We'll start walking at 10. Online registration is the only way to register. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

FEBRUARY 6 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN JEFFERSON BARRACKS, MO. Meet at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph Road, Lemay, MO at 9:45 to register. We drive to the start of the walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 9 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN O'FALLON'S PARKS. Meet at 9:45 on the western edge of the parking lot at Schnucks, 907 E. Hwy 50 in O'Fallon, IL. We will begin our walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 13 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN COLUMBIA, IL. Register and meet at the police station, 1020 N. Main Street in Columbia at 9:45. Our walk starts at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

FEBRUARY 13 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN THE ILLINOIS CAPITOL, SPRINGFIELD. Meet at the Carpenter Hotel, 525 N. 6th Street at 9:45. Start walking at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 16 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN COLUMBIA, IL ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY. Meet at 9:45 at the Police Station, 1020 N. Main Street, Columbia. We walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 20 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN MARYVILLE, IL. Meet and register at 9:45 at the YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive in Maryville. Begin walking at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

FEBRUARY 20 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE IN BELLEVILLE. Meet and register at the Shrine Guest House (formerly the hotel), 451 S. DeMazenod Drive at 9:45. The walk starts at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 23 - WALK ON TREKKIN TUESDAY WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN EDWARDSVILLE'S PARKS. Meet and register at the YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive in Edwardsville at 9:45. We walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

FEBRUARY 27 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN BELLEVILLE, IL. Register and meet at 9:45 at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street in Belleville. Walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

FEBRUARY 27 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE, THROUGH THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS, AND ALONG RICHLAND CREEK GREENWAY. Meet at Balance Coffee and Tea, 732 S. Illinois Street in Belleville at 9:45. Walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

MARCH 6 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. This is a St. Louis-Stuttgart walk. Meet in the parking lot of the Pear Tree Inn to register. If you prefer, you can register ahead of time with our OnLine Start Box. The Pear Tree Inn is at 2211 Market Street, St. Louis. Meet at 9:45 and we begin walking at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE or call DeAnne and Gordon, POCs, at 314-878-8647.

MARCH 13 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN GLEN CARBON, ILLINOIS. Register at Casey's, 70 W. Main Street in Glen Carbon at 9:45. Walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

MARCH 20 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN CASTLEWOOD STATE PARK. This is a brand-new Event Walk. Because of the popularity of Castlewood, we will start registering and walking sooner than usual. Meet at 8:30 - 11 and begin walking during that time. We're at Shelter #1, 1401 Kiefer Creek Road in Ballwin, MO. The earlier you arrive, the better for parking. This park gets crowded because everybody loves it and there are Covid restrictions on park admission. There are two 5k loops, one flat and one with a hill and a fantastic view. The 10k is hilly (includes that fantastic view). Consider wearing hiking boots and bringing poles. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. To download the brochure, click HERE.

MARCH 27 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN FOREST PARK. This is a St. Louis-Stuttgart walk. Register at the Visitors Center in Forest Partk, 5595 Grand, St. Louis, MO at 9:45. Walk at 10. You can also register online if you prefer. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

APRIL 3 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN WASHINGTON, MISSOURI. This is a St. Louis-Stuttgart seasonal (March 1- December 31) walk. Meet and register at the Amtrak train station, 301 W. Front Street at 9:45. Walk at 10. If you wish, you can register for this walk online. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. For information on the route itself, send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com.

APRIL 10 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN BELLEVILLE, IL. Register in the parking lot of the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street at 9:45. Walk at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. There is also an online registration available.

APRIL 9-11 - WALK WITH THE DOGWOOD TRAILBLAZERS AND ALL THE OTHER MISSOURI CLUBS AS WE CONTINUE OUR QUEST TO WALK THE 115 COUNTIES OF MISSOURI (INCLUDING THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS). Here's the schedule:

Friday afternoon: Eldon, Miller County

Saturday, 9 am: Vienna, Maries County

Saturday, 1 pm: Linn, Osage County

Sunday, 9 am: Potosi, Washington County

The POC (Point of Contact) for these walks is Glen Conyers, 417-434-0977, glenconyers@sbcglobal.net. An article about these walks will be in the next issue of AVA's The American Wanderer (TAW).

APRIL 17 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN UNIVERSITY CITY, MO. Register in the parking lot across the street from the University City Library, 6701 Delmar. The library is on the corner of Delmar and Kingsland. We will be in the parking lot accessible from Kingsland, north of Delmar. Register at 9:45. Start walking with us at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. You can also register online.

APRIL 24 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN KIRKWOOD, MO. Meet us in the parking lot across from the Kirkwood Library, 140 E. Jefferson Avenue at 9:45. Step off at 10. If you prefer, you can also register online. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

MAY 1 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AND THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS. The time and place of registration are yet to be determined.

MAY 8 - WALK WITH ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART AT THE VALLEY OF THE FLOWERS FESTIVAL IN FLORISSANT, MISSOURI. This walk has been sanctioned and we will have our walk even if Florissant cancels their annual festival because of the pandemic. We wear masks while we walk and we keep socially distanced. We follow standard Covid procedures to be safe. Meet at the gazebo on the grounds of the Old St. Ferdinand's Shrine on Rue St. Francois between 9-11 am. $3/walker. For more information, please send an email to DeAnne at deeebee333@gmail.com. The brochure is in production.

MAY 15 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS ON A NEW EVENT WALK IN BRENTWOOD, MO. Register at the park pavilion at 8600 Strassner Drive in Brentwood between 9 and 11 am. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. The brochure is in production.

MAY 22 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS IN BELLEVILLE, IL. Beautiful in the spring! Register outside the Shrine Guesthouse, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive at at 9:45. Start walking at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

MAY 29 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN O'FALLON, ILLINOIS. Meet and register in the parking lot of the YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road in O'Fallon at 9:45. We start walking at 10. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

MAY 28-31 (Memorial Day Weekend) - WALK WITH THE MISSOURI CLUBS IN SEVEN MISSOURI COUNTIES ON THE SECOND WEEKEND OF OUR "WALKING THE COUNTIES OF MISSOURI" PROGRAM. Below is the schedule:

Friday, 2 pm: Shelbina, Shelby County. Sponsored by the Dogwood Trailblazers

Saturday, 9 am: Paris, Monroe County. Sponsored by the Clay-Platte Trackers

Saturday, 1 pm: New London, Ralls County. Sponsored by the Pace Setters

Sunday, 9 am: Louisiana, Pike County. Sponsored by the Pace Setters

Sunday, 1 pm: Cuivre River State Park, Lincoln County. Sponsored by the Gateway Milers

Monday, 9 am: Marthasville, Warren County. Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart

Monday, 1 pm: Montgomery City, Montgomery County. Sponsored by the Dogwood Trailblazers

For more information about one of thses walks, please contact the club sponsoring it. An article about them will be in the next issue of AVA's The American Wanderer (TAW).

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REGIONAL TRIPS

THE NEARLY MEMPHIS WEEKEND MARCH 19-21. This 5-Event weekend includes three amazing traditional events in the Germantown area and two local OnLine Start Box (OLSB) walks. Accommodations are set up at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Germantown. For more information, call DJ at 850-628-4016 or email dj.tyc1949@gmail.com. FTo download a brochure, please click HERE.

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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, THE WANDERGRUPPE of OKC, AND THE TULSA WALKING CLUB 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. Call 800-356-8293 ASAP.

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 January 27, 2021

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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. Because of Covid, walkers should not enter the coffee shop. Instead, call them at 618-641-9900 and someone will bring the binder to you. When you are finished registering, call them again and someone will come out to your car to pick it up. Please consider buying a drink or a food item from their drive-through 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 YMCA is open. The Walk Binder is at the 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 desk. The address of the Shrine Guesthouse is 451 S. DeMazenod Drive. The Shrine Restaurant has closed permanently. POC: Trudy Duffman, 618-670-6920.

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. POCs 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 the Columbia Police Department, 1020 N. Main Street - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. POC: Sue Bacon 571-345-8301.

Creve Coeur Park - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. POCs 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. - 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, 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 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 but these hours can change. POC: Trudy Duffman, 618-670-6920.

Forest Park - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. POCs 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 pandemic, 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 - 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: Susan Hodgson, 618-416-5533.

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

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. POCs: DeAnne and Gordon Brown, 314-878-8647.

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. POC: DeAnne and Gordon Brown, 314-878-8647.

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.

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 - 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. That address is 1050 South Riverside Drive. 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. POCs: DeAnne and Gordon Brown.

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.

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 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 as an Online Start OR 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. Even though this walk now has an Online Start Box, you can still go to the Amtrak station to register. POCs: DeAnne and Gordon Brown, 314-878-8647.

Webster Groves, MO - Register at the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves, MO - Sponsored by the Gateway Milers. 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 2021

Due to the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus, we have held off having indoor meetings. As the virus shows clear signs of lingering well into 2021, we will be meeting on Zoom. Our last meeting was at our walk and picnic in October. We asked for suggestions on a meeting date and time in our December newsletter which goes to our membership. Access our membership form by clicking on the link above.

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