The Florissant walk is postponed til May 22!
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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The Saint Louis Walkers 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.

THREE-MILE THURSDAYS STARTED UP AGAIN IN APRIL. They are listed below, but for last-minute updates, please call Trudy at 618-670-6920.

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MAY 8 - CHANGE! Due to weather conditions, we are walking instead on Saturday, May 22. WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS, THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS, AND THE GATEWAY MILERS IN FLORISSANT, THE VALLEY OF THE FLOWERS WALK. Please see May 22 for the details.

MAY 11 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY IN O'FALLON, ILLINOIS, THE TOWN WALK. Meet and register at the YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road in O'Fallon at 8:45 am. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

MAY 15 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS ON A NEW EVENT WALK IN BRENTWOOD, MO. Register at the Memorial Park Pavilion #1 at 8600 Strassner Drive in Brentwood between 9 and 11 am. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. To download the brochure, click HERE.

MAY 18 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS, ON TREKKIN' TUESDAY FOR THE HISTORIC DISTRICT WALK. Meet and register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street, at 8:45 am. Begin walking at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

MAY 20 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN HISTORIC COLUMBIA ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY. Because parking is limited at the polic station, where the walk starts, we meet and register at the Masonic Lodge, their north parking lot at the corner of N. Main and E. Temple, at 5:45 pm. The walk starts at 6 pm. . $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

MAY 22 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS, THE GATEWAY MILERS, AND THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS, IN FLORISSANT. This is the walk that SHOULD have happened May 8, but due to thunderstorms, it had to be postponed.

WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS AT THE VALLEY OF THE FLOWERS FESTIVAL* IN FLORISSANT, MISSOURI. This walk is dedicated to the memory of Jackie Burgoon who was a member of the Saint Louis Walkers, the Illinois Trekkers, and the Gateway Milers for many years. We feel an affectionate bond with her and want to honor her for her determination to keep on walking despite serious health issues.

*This walk has been sanctioned despite the lack of a festival this year, but that lack gives us the opportunity to re-route the walk. Meet at the gazebo on the grounds of the Old St. Ferdinand's Shrine, 601 rue St. Francois between 9-11 am on Saturday, May 22. The gazebo is on the north side of rue St. Francois, near its intersection with N. St. Charles Street. You can see the gazebo from the street. There should be lots of parking available on the street. $3/walker. Donna and Charlie Dasho are POCs. For more information, please send an email to DeAnne at deeebee333@gmail.com. To download a brochure, please click HERE.

All three area clubs will be walking: the Gateway Milers, the Illinois Trekkers, and the Saint Louis Walkers.

MAY 25 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN MARYVILLE, ILLINOIS FOR TREKKIN' TUESDAY. Meet and register at the CMT YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive at 8:45 am. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

MAY 27 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS IN OLD TOWN GLEN CARBON, IL ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY. Meet to register at the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main Street at 5:45 pm. Start walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

MAY 29 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI. Meet and register in the parking lot across the street from the Kirkwood Library, 140 E. Jeffeerson Avenue, at 9 am. We start walking at 9:15 am. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

MAY 29 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS FOR THE CAPITOL WALK. Meet and register at the Carpenter Street Hotel, 525 N. 6th Street at 9:30. Start walking at 9:45 am. $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 the Saint Louis Walkers

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

For more information about any of these walks, please contact the club sponsoring it. An article about them was in the last issue of AVA's The American Wanderer (TAW). To download the brochure, please click HERE. Ask DeAnne for a free Missouri County passbook.

JUNE 3 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY IN THE PARKS OF O'FALLON, ILLINOIS. Meet and register at Schnucks, 907 E. Hwy 50 in O'Fallon at 5:45 pm. Begin walking at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JUNE 5 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS IN LAFAYETTE SQUARE, ST. LOUIS, MO. This is a new walk route. The brochure is in production. Meet to register at historic Lafayette Park which is bounded by Mississippi and Missouri Avenues and Park and Lafayette Avenues. The exact time is yet to be determined. Park on the street.

JUNE 12 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN WEBSTER GROVES, MO. You can register online or wait until the day of the event and register at the Webster Groves Rec Center, 33 East Glendale. We meet/register there at 8:45 am, and then drive to the nearby Schnucks, 8650 Big Bend Blvd, where the walk route starts. We will try to depart at 9 am from the Schnucks location. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

JUNE 17 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THREE-MILE THURSDAY THROUGH EDWARDSVILLE'S PARKS. Meet and register at the YMCA at 1200 Esic Drive at 5:45 pm. Walk at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JUNE 19 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN EDWARDSVILLE, IL. Meet in the parking lot across the street from the library, which is located at 112 S. Kansas Street, at 9 to register. We'll start walking at 9:15. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

JUNE 24 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN MARYVILLE THREE-MILE THURSDAY. Meet to register at the CMT YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive at 5:45. Walk at 6 pm. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

JUNE 26 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS. Meet and register outside the Guesthouse, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville at 9:45 am. We begin walking at 10 am. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.

JUNE 29 - JULY 3 - WALK WITH A THOUSAND VOLKSMARCHERS AT THE AVA CONVENTION IN MADISON, WISCONSIN! The convention features walks, of course, but also biking and swimming. Call 1-800-356-8293 to book a room at the Madison Concourse Inn. Ask for the "AVA 2021 Biennial Convention block" to get your discount. Scroll down under "Regional Walks" on this site for details. For more information, go to AVA's website: www.ava.org.

JULY 31 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUS WALKERS IN QUEENY PARK, WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. Queeny is everyone's favorite place to walk. It's the best of all of St. Louis County's parks. It has established, well-maintained trails, some are paved, others have gravel. It has deep shady woods and some open fields where horses practice their jumps. This is a new walk for the club. The brochure is in production and the times are still to be decided. Mark your calendar and stay tuned!

AUGUST 28 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS AT OUR ANNUAL 'TOWER GROVE" WALK WHICH STARTS AT SUBLETTE PARK THIS YEAR! This is a brand-new walk in a little-known area of southwest St. Louis City. Register 9-11 at Sublette Park, on the corner of Southwest and January Avenues. $3/walker. For more information, please send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com. The brochure is in production.

SEPTEMBER 11 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS ON PATRIOT DAY - THE MARCH TO THE ARCH. You can trek the 21+ miles from Duffy's Restaurant, 1024 Schnucks Woodsmill Plaza in Town and County to the Arch or you can walk a 10K from the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park to the Arch or you can walk a 5k from St. Louis University to the Arch. Whichever distance you choose, it's exciting to touch the Arch when you finish. More information will be forthcoming.

OCTOBER 9 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN CLAYTON. This is a new walk. Details are still being made, but mark your calendars. This will be a good one!

OCTOBER 31 - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS IN BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY. We sponsor this walk every other year. How relevant to walk in a cemetery on Halloween, but, please, no costumes are allowed. This walk will have to be on a Sunday, so we will most likely walk later in the morning. This is a work in progress.

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REGIONAL TRIPS

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. Click HERE to download the brochure.

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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 and one post-convention walk on July 3, 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 May 7, 2021

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Brochures Are Available!

We have brochures available for Saint Louis Walkers' Traditional Event 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 the Saint Louis Walkers. 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 the Saint Louis Walkers. 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 are so many activities in the park.

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 the Saint Louis Walkers. 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 the Saint Louis Walkers. 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, March 1-December 31. Sponsored by the Saint Louis Walkers. 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. Schnucks is located at 907 E. Hwy 50 in O'Fallon.

Richmond Heights, MO - Register at Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis - Sponsored by the Gateway Milers. ALERT: The Rec Center is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19 although the restrooms may be open.

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 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. NOTE: Please DO NOT bring dogs. They are not allowed in the buildings that we pass through on the trail. The tunnel leading to the Lumiere Casino (restrooms) is open now (it has been closed during most of this year due to Covid restrictions). 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). 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, send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com.

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 pandemic, 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 the Saint Louis Walkers. Register as an Online Start. The start of the walk begins at the Amtrak Station, 301 W. Front Street, Washington. We did have the Walk Box at the Amtrak station but it was stolen, so we cannot register physically there. This is a seasonal walk, March 1-December 31. 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 Saint Louis Walkers (formerly St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club)

Why do we have that funny name?

Why do we use red, black, and gold?

Volkssporting (meaning "people's sports"--could be walking, running, swimming, 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.

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) 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. 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. Volkssporting also spread through Canada, organized under the Canadian Volkssport Federation. The AVA and the CVF alternate conventions every two years.

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. Every year we plan a number of traditional events and we have seven YREs or seasonal walks, including two of the original walks: Downtown and the Central West End. As of 2021, we have 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 the Saint Louis Walkers. The coronavirus pandemic slowed everything down to a crawl, but our name change was finally approved by the Secretary of State for the State of Missouri in early 2021.

We welcome new walkers and new members. Scroll below for a membership form. Please join us in enjoying this fun and 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 THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS:

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 Saint Louis Walkers to: Gordon Brown, Treasurer, 12448 Glenbush Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

CLICK this link to download a 2021 Membership application.

MEETINGS IN 2021

Due to the highly contagious nature of the coronavirus, we cannot hold indoor meetings. We met on Zoom February 10 at 7 pm. We plan meetings every second Wednesday evening.

Our next meeting will be April 14 at 7 pm. Members of Saint Louis Walkers will receive a link to this Zoom meeting by email. Our meetings are open to all members.

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
    9:00am
    10:00pm
  3. Wednesday
    9:00am
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  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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