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.

All the Missouri County walk weekends are postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Festival of Flowers has been postponed by the City of Florissant. A future date will be determined by the progress of COVID-19.

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.

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.

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

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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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BEGINNING IN JULY - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS if the Governor lifts restrictions. Stay tuned.

JULY 4 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN THE BELLEVILLE OAKLAND HISTORIC DISTRICT. Register at 8:45 at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street in Belleville. Start walking at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. LUNCH LOCATION: There are no parks soΒ we are planning to eat outside at either Tavern on Main or Copper Fire Restaurants. The restaurants open at 11a.m. and are located across from each other.

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JULY 11 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN UNIVERSITY CITY, MISSOURI. We will register in the parking lot behind the former Cicero's, across from the University City Public Library (cross Kingsland). The library's address is 6701 Delmar Blvd, University City. We will register at at 8:45 and begin walking at 9. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE. NOTE: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, although we can walk on the campus of Washington University, all its buildings are closed and no restrooms are available. Please use facilities before arriving to register.

JULY 18 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN JEFFERSON BARRACKS. Register at 8:45 at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph Road in Lemay, MO. Leave Walgreens at 9 to drive to the Start point in the park. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

JULY 25 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN ST. CHARLES, MO. Register at the Comfort Suites, 1400 S. 5th Street in St. Charles. The walk begins from there at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 1 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN FOREST PARK, ST. LOUIS, MO. Register at the Visitors Center, 5595 Grand, Forest Park at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more info, please email deeebee333@gmail.com. NOTE: If reservations are still required at the Zoo, we will revise the walk to bypass the Zoo.

AUGUST 8 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN WEBSTER GROVES. Register at the Webster Groves Rec Complex, 33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

AUGUST 15 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT THE BRAEUTIGAM FARM & ORCHARDS, ILLINOIS. Peaches galore! Information is on the website, www.illinois-trekkers.org. The AVA Guidelines (listed above) will be followed for everyone's safety.

AUGUST 22 - WALK WITH ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART ALONG THE GRAND SOUTH GRAND AVENUE. This has become an annual walk, but this year is different due to the effect of COVID-19 and the need to socially distance. The Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park is virtual this year, but that gives us the opportunity to rent a picnic pavilion. We have reserved the Humboldt South Pavilion, 4141 Main Drive in Tower Grove Park. Register there between 9 and 11. The walk will be different this year but will still pass the ice cream stores. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy around noon. Alcoholic beverages are permitted, but not in glass bottles or kegs. Stuttgart will have a cube of Merlot available to members. After the picnic, St. Louis-Stuttgart will have a meeting. The brochure is in production. Any questions, please email DeAnne at deeebee333@gmail.com. We will follow the AVA Guidelines as listed above during this pandemic for everyone's safety.

AUGUST 29 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE. Register at the Shrine Motel, 451 S. De Mazenod Drive in Belleville, IL at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 5 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN RICHMOND HEIGHTS. Register at the Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 12 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN GLEN CARBON. Register at Casey's, 70 W. Main Street in Glen Carbon, IL at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker for more information, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 19 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. Register at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market Street, St. Louis, MO at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more info, send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com.

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.

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 until it becomes a level dirt trail. The 5K does an out-and-back. The 10K continues along the dirt trail 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. $3/walker. For more information, please send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com.

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 Milers are celebrating their 5th anniversary here! $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 17 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT CAHOKIA MOUNDS. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary with this popular walk and a picnic. Register at the Intrerpretive Center, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street in Collinsville, IL between 9-11. $3/walker. For more information please 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.

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This weekend will be rescheduled September 11-12-13.

Walks in Memphis are planned for March 27-29. One walk will be a Border Crossing. Three walks are traditional and two are OLSB events, but the club will have the stamps for that weekend so that you will not have to register online.

The two new YREs are Rollin' on the River and Best Main Street in USA-Collierville. Routes will encompass Germantown, Shelby Farms, and one other. Stay tuned!

Lodging is at Homewood Suites, 7855 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown TN 877-214-6722. This is where registration takes place for all walks.

For more information, please contact DJ Moore, dj.tye1949@gmail.com or Patricia Edmondson, LazyD@att.net. A flyer is in production.

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Please join The Dogwood Trailblazers Saturday, May 2 as they walk Ozark, Missouri AND join the Ozark Hill Hikers that same weekend, Sunday, May 3, as they walk Harrison, Arkansas! Two walks, two days, two clubs, two states!

These walks have been postponed to July 18.

For more information on the Ozark walk, contact Glen Conyers at 417-434-0977 or email glenconyers@sbcglobal.net

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

CHECK THAT THESE WALKS ARE STILL HAPPENING. TO DATE, WE HAVEN'T HAD A CANCELLATION.

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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. The club has planned a 7-day, 7-park bus tour for September 10-16. Participants will walk one park each day and enjoy picnic lunches and yard games. The bus will transport the group each evening along many scenic by-ways of rural Iowa.

The trip includes: 7 walk fees of $3 each, 6 breakfasts, 7 box lunches, 1 dinner, 6 nights of lodging, motorcoach transportaion and tip for driver, and all the water you can drink for $1,289/person based on double or twin occupancy. More for singles, less for triple or quad occupancy.

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

or call Peggy Watts at 515-708-0405.

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Join the Wandering Wheels Club for their "Historic San Antonio Trip" - 10 days, 9 events plus one optional walk, 4 states, 1 capital and 1 botanical garden!

September 23-October 2, $1,140/person - double occupancy CANCELED!

For more information, contact Jim at 937-435-0469, jmedz@aol.com or Bob at 513-863-8358, bomed2015@gmail.com or Shane at 937-416-8059, conleyshane1@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! More information will be forthcoming.

Events updated on July 1, 2020

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Brochures Are Available!

We have brochures available for St. Louis-Stuttgart's Traditional Walks! Please specify which brochure you'd like.
Or...walk our **Year-Round Events (YREs), 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 - Register at Balance Coffee, 732 S. Illinois St, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: Due to COVID-19, the drive-through only is open. We believe they will give you the binder as you drive through. Please buy something.

Belleville, IL - Register at BEYMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The YMCA is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Belleville, IL, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows - Register at the Shrine hotel, 451 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Shrine Guesthouse is closed because of the coronavirus. Registration materials are now unavailable.

Belleville, Oakland Historic District - Register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street, Belleville - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The YMCA is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Central West End - Register at Visitors Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. The Visitors Center opened again May 18 BUT IS NOW CLOSED AGAIN!

Columbia, IL Downtown - Register at Cafe on the Abbey, 322 S. Main Street, Columbia, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: Curbside only. The Walk Box is no longer on the premises. Please contact the Illinois Trekkers direct.

Creve Coeur Park - Register at Schnucks Courtesy Counter, 2030 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. ALERT: The Customer Service counter is closed for now but the park has reopened. Restrooms and porta potties are available. Use hand sanitizer. Pencil the walk in your book so it can be stamped when the stamp becomes available.

Edwardsville, IL Parks - Register at the YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The YMCA is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

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!

Forest Park - Register at Visitors Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. NOTE: Do not bring your dog. Our route goes into the Zoo. Dogs are not permitted in the Zoo. ALERT: The Visitor Center reopened May 18 BUT IT HAS CLOSED AGAIN AND IS ONLY OPEN FOR RESTROOM USE. You cannot register for the walk because our Walk Box is inside. You can pencil the information in and stamp it later. Part of the 5K and the 10K goes into the Zoo to pass the carousel (for a Special Program, BUT the Zoo now requires reservations ahead of time. If this is inconvenient, please feel free to walk about a quarter mile longer wherever you wish to make up the difference.

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. ALERT: The library is closed for COVID-19. There are two routes, one sponsored by The Gateway Milers and the other sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. Because registration is at Casey's, you can register and walk. Call Casey's to verify 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. STILL 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: Call first to verify if the Library is open.

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 is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Mascoutah, IL - Register at St. Louis Coffee World, 200 E. Main St, Mascoutah, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. STILL OPEN!

O'Fallon, IL - Register at the YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon, IL - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The YMCA is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

O'Fallon, IL Parks - Register at Schnucks, 907 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. STILL OPEN! Some Schnucks stores have closed their Customer Service counters. Call first to be sure.

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 - Register at the Comfort Suites, 1400 S. Fifth Street, St. Charles - Sponsored by the Sunflower Sod Stompers. The Comfort Suites has recently closed. Please call the Comfort Suites first to check if they have opened. You can still walk the route. Just pencil it in your book to be stamped at a later date.

St. Louis - Downtown - Register at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market St., St. Louis, MO - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. NOTE: Please DO NOT bring dogs. They are not allowed in the buildings that we pass through on the trail. STILL OPEN, but buildings on our route that we pass through as part of our route are closed. Walkers can creatively design their own detours to avoid those closed areas. Please call the hotel first to make sure you can enter the lobby. Our Walk Box is at the front desk. Although the Lumiere Casino has opened, the last we heard, the tunnel is closed. This is part of our route. Sorry, but you'll have to cross all those busy streets without the tunnel to make it fun. If the Union Station area is still closed, just walk to Market Street and head west to return to the Pear Tree Inn. The Arch grounds have been open, but the Arch Museum (free) just recently opened. Tram rides are available to the top of the Arch beginning July 8 at 9am. Documentary movies will be shown starting July 8.

University City, MO - Register at the University City Library, 6701 Delmar, St. Louis, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The library is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19 as is the Washington University campus. BUT you can enter the campus to walk around. No buildings (no restrooms) are available, however.

Washington, MO - Register at the AMTRAK station, 301 W. Front Street, Washington. (The Walk Box is on the floor, left corner of station.) - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. This is a seasonal walk, April 1-December 31. Good news! The Amtrak station just opened, the Walk Box is in place, and the walk is lovely.

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.

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. 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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Hours
  1. Monday
    9:00am
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    10:00pm
  2. Tuesday
    9:00am
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    10:00pm
  3. Wednesday
    9:00am
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    10:00pm
  4. Thursday
    9:00am
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    10:00pm
  5. Friday
    9:00am
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    10:00pm
  6. Saturday
    9:00am
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    6:00pm
  7. Sunday
    9:00am
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    12:00pm
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