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)

ALERT: GROUP WALKS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH MISSOURI'S, THE CDC'S, AND AVA'S GUIDELINES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

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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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SEPTEMBER 17 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE FOR 3-MILE THURSDAY. Register at the Shrine Motel, The Guest House, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive in Belleville, IL at 5:45 PM. Walk at 6 PM. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 19 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. Register at our car which will be parked on 23rd Street, just west of the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market Street, St. Louis, MO. Parking is restricted in the hotel's parking lot, so please park on the street. Most spots do not have meters. Register at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more info, send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com. DeAnne and Gordon will get the Walk Box from the front desk of the hotel and bring it outside. We're not sure if restrooms will be available inside the hotel.

SEPTEMBER 19 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at the Edwardsville YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive at 8:45. Walk begins at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 22 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY. Register at the Shrine Motel, The Guest House, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive in Belleville, IL at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 24 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON 3-MILE THURSDAY IN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at BE YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Avenue at 5:45 pm. Begin walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 26 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN ST. PETERS. A new walk! Register at the City Center Park Pavilion, City Center Park Drive, St. Peters MO for the St. Peters Parks and Neighborhoods Event Walk. Registration is 9-11:30. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE. This will be an outstanding event and a very pleasant walk! The Gateway Milers are joined by The Illinois Trekkers and the St. Louis-Stuttgart Clubs.

SEPTEMBER 29 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN THE O'FALLON PARKS. Register at Schnuck's Kaldi's, 907 E. Hwy. 50 in O'Fallon, Illinois at 8:45 am. Begin the walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please contact the Illinois Trekkers' website by clicking HERE.

OCTOBER 1 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON 3-MILE THURSDAY AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE MALL IN FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS. Register ON THE PARKING LOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE at 5:15 pm. Begin the walk at 5:30 pm. $3/walker. For more info, click HERE.

OCTOBER 3 - WALK WITH ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART IN TRUMAN PARK IN HAZELWOOD, MO. This is a brand-new walk, paved for about a mile with some gentle hills through woods before turning onto a level dirt trail. The 5K does an out-and-back. A scary surprise awaits you, IF you're bold enough to take the challenge. The 10K continues along the dirt trail through more challenging terrain until exiting at a subdivision, continuing to Koch Park, and then returning to the Start. We have reserved a picnic pavilion. Pack your own picnic lunch to eat whenever it's convenient, whether before or after the walk. No alcohol is allowed. Covid rules will be followed. $3/walker. Well-mannered dogs are invited. The walk will begin at 11 am because of Hazelwood regulations. A group walk starts at 11:15. Please finish your walk by 3 pm. St. Louis-Stuttgart will have a meeting, estimated to begin around 2 pm. For more information, click HERE for a brochure. You can also send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com. We welcome The Gateway Milers and The Illinois Trekkers!

OCTOBER 6 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN GLEN CARBON, ILLINOIS. Register at the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main Street at 8:45 am. Step Off at 9 am. $3/walk. For more information, please click HERE.

OCTOBER 10 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AT THE NATURE INSTITUTE IN GODFREY, IL. Register at The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL between 9 and 11 am. This is the Fall Foliage Event Walk. The trail has been updated. The Milers are celebrating their 5th anniversary! Congratulations to the Gateway Milers for Five Years of Fun, Fitness, and Friendship! $3/walker. For more information, click HERE. The St. Louis-Stuttgart and The Illinois Trekkers Clubs will be walking, too!

OCTOBER 13 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at Balance Coffee, 732 S. Illinois Street at 8:45 am, walk at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 15 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON 3-MILE THURSDAY AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE MALL IN FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS. Register ON THE PARKING LOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE at 5:15 pm. Begin the walk at 5:30 pm. $3/walker. For more info, click HERE.

OCTOBER 17 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT CAHOKIA MOUNDS. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary by hosting this popular walk. All walkers will receive a cookie after the walk, a Happy Birthday Cookie! Register outside the Interpretive Center, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street in Collinsville, IL 9:30-11:30. Everyone must finish by 2:30. The Interpretive Center is limiting its visitors due to Covid. You must wear a mask while inside. $3/walker. For more information please click HERE or call Trudy at 618-670-6920. The St. Louis-Stuttgart and The Gateway Milers Clubs will be celebrating this event with The Illinois Trekkers. Congratulations to them for 40 years of walking!

OCTOBER 20 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at BE YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Avenue at 8:45 am. Begin walking at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

OCTOBER 22 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON 3-MILE THURSDAY AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE MALL IN FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS. Register ON THE PARKING LOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE at 5:15 pm. Begin the walk at 5:30 pm. $3/walker. For more info, click HERE.

OCTOBER 24 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at the Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas Street at 9:45. Begin the group walk at 10 am. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

OCTOBER 24 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN COLUMBIA, ILLINOIS. Register at the Police Department, 1020 N. Main at 8:45 am. Begin walking at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

OCTOBER 27 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY. Register at the Shrine Motel, The Guest House, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive in Belleville, IL at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

OCTOBER 29 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON 3-MILE THURSDAY AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE MALL IN FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS. Register ON THE PARKING LOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE at 5:15 pm. Begin the walk at 5:30 pm. $3/walker. For more info, click HERE.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

OCTOBER 31 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN BELLEVILLE'S OAKLAND HISTORIC DISTRICT. Register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street, Belleville, Illinois at 9:45 am. Step Off at 10 am. $3/walker. For more information, go to the Gateway Milers' website by clicking HERE.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

OCTOBER 31 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at Balance Coffee, 732 S. Illinois Street at 8:45 am, walk at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

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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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Iowa's Walking Club has invited us to join them for a "20 Iowa Parks in 2020" walking initiative.

People have been walking these parks all summer, and they love them. You do not have to travel with a group. You can walk them by yourselves.

For more information, email walk20in20@gmail.com or peggywatts@mchsi.com

or call Peggy Watts at 515-708-0405.

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The Dogwood Trailblazers are sponsoring two Autumn Events on Saturday, October 3:

Oswego, Kansas - 8-10:30, finish by 12:30

Columbus, Kansas - 12:30-2, finish by 4:30

For more information, contact Doris Conyers at 417-434-0977 or email her at dconyers43@gmail.com

These walks are still ON!

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The Sunflower Sod Stompers Club welcomes you to their Autumn Outing, the weekend of October 10-11 that includes walks on the high plains of Southwest Kansas: Clark, Comanche, Haskell, and Meade Counties!

These walks are planned for safety, following recommendations for Covid prevention.

For more information, please contact Terri at 785-233-4385 or email at tltyler50@gmail.com.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR GREAT SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL ROUNDUP, OCTOBER 23-25 IN BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS. This event is hosted by the Ozark Hill Hikers Volksmarch Club. Regional Roundups are held every two years. They feature really good walks and are a lot of fun!

The South Central Region includes: Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kansas. We like to support one another's walks.

Four walks are planned:

1) Lake Fort Smith, October 23 - 9:30-noon, finish by 4pm

2) Gravette, October 24 - 8-10:30, finish by noon

3) Bentonville, October 24 - noon-2:30, finish by 5

4) Rogers, October 25 - 8-10:30, finish by 1

The host hotel is the Element Hotel (Marriott) located at 3401 Medlin Lane, Bentonville, Arkansas.

For more information, contact Pat Golden at 479-381-9366 or email at pa4golden@gmail.com

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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 September 16, 2020

Brochure VM GRAND S Grand 2020.pdf

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. OPEN

Belleville, IL - Register at BEYMCA, 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 (linked at the end of this site) and we can make other arrangements. The Visitors Center, at 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, is open only for restroom use. The walk starts at the Visitors Center. We will soon have an Online Start Box (OSB) but we are also making the physical Walk Box available.

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. You can come by our home to register or send an email to me at deeebee333@gmail.com (linked at the end of this site) and we can make other arrangements. 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. We will soon have an Online Start Box (OSB) but we are also making the physical Walk Box available.

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 library may be closed. Please call first.

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. 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 (linked at the end of this site) and we can make other arrangements. The Visitors Center, at 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, is open only for restroom use. The walk starts at the Visitors Center. We will soon have an Online Start Box (OSB) but we are also making the physical Walk Box available. 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 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. OPEN

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. OPEN

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.

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. The Sod Stompers have found a new Start location and they hope to have that set up within a week. Stay tuned! No one knows when the Comfort Suites, the original Start Box location, willl re-open. Walkers will drive from the new Start location and park at the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum where the walk will start. 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. 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 (admission fee), the Arch Museum (free), the museum at the Old Cathedral (very small admission fee), the Old Courthouse (free). The phone number for the Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station (their listed name) is 314-241-3200. This walk will soon be available as an Online Start Box, but we are still keeping it as a physical Walk Box, too.

University City, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. - DeAnne and Gordon have the Walk Box. Please call us at 314-878-8647 or send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com (linked at the end of this site) to make other arrangements. NOTE: The Washington University campus is closed to visitors. Therefore, walkers will walk around the perimeter of the campus. The distance is the same. This walk is in the process of being an Online Start Box.

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. We're in the process of making this an Online Start Box. You soon will be able to either register online OR 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.

UPCOMING MEETINGS IN 2020:

We will have a picnic and a meeting in Tower Grove Park, August 22. This will be after our GRAND South Grand walk. We have reserved the Humboldt South Pavilion, 4144 Main Drive, Tower Grove Park. The Club is providing wine NOT in glass bottles. Glass is not allowed. Bring your own picnic lunch. Leave your coolers at the pavilion while you walk. Bring your own food, napkins, plastic ware, plastic cups, and anything you'd like to drink, if they're not in glass containers. Masks will need to be worn when in the pavilion. We follow the AVA Guidelines, listed above under WALKS.

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    10:00pm
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  6. Saturday
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