Iowa's Walking Club sponsors walks and bike rides based on the the concept of "volkssporting." Volkssporting started in Germany and, simply defined, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing. You choose when to participate, and can participate in the sport at your own pace.  Walking – also called “volksmarching” – is the most popular of all the volkssporting activities.

Routes often include historic and scenic sites. Trails are carefully laid out and marked and easy to follow directions or maps are provided. Trails are rated based upon the challenge the route presents. The designated Start Point is open for several hours to allow you to begin your volkssporting adventure at your leisure. Trails are vetted for security and safety.

In the volkssporting tradition, you frequently find volkssporters gathered at the Finish Point where they take time to enjoy friends, and at some events, entertainment or refreshments.

Iowa's Walking Club is a non-profit run 100% by volunteers. The club was established in 1985 and has more than 150 members. We are associated with the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV). 

All of our events:

  • Are open to everyone - you don't have to be a member to participate.

  • Are non-competitive - go at your own pace.

  • Can be done on your schedule.

  • Can be done for a nominal cost ($3)