NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, walks listed below offer both a 5k or a 10k route. $3/walker. Pets are welcome on SOME, but not all the walks. Contact the club to be sure.
NEW AVA GUIDELINES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 DURING GROUP WALKS:
REGISTRATION will likely be conducted outside. Line up single file six feet apart. Masks are required at registration. Put $3 cash or a check and your completed Start Card inside a bag that will be nearby. Bring your own pen and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available at the Registration.
We are required to keep a maximum of ten walkers per group. If we have more than ten, we will need to break up the group and stagger departures by about 5-10 minutes.
Walkers are advised to stay six feet apart on the trail. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged to be worn when around others. Be sure to use your hand sanitizer when using restrooms or porta-potties.
WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAYS. Diane Prost is coordinating these walks. Click HERE to get to their website for up-to-the-minute details.
THREE-MILE THURSDAYS STARTED UP AGAIN IN APRIL. They are listed below, but for last-minute updates, please call Trudy at 618-670-6920.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Mid-America Regional Conference in Dayton, Ohio has been postponed until 2022. For more information, please go the Gateway Milers' website, www.gatewaymilers.org or to the Illinois Trekkers' website, www.illinois-trekkers.org.
JOIN THE SUNFLOWER SOD STOMPERS OF TOPEKA, 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, email@example.com, 580-475-4453. For Beaver & Buffalo, OK walks; Guymon, OK swims; and Elkhart, Hugoton, and Liberal KS walks and swims, contact Terri Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-817-6333. Click HERE to download the brochure.
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