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Iowa's Walking Club sponsors walks based on the concept of "volkssporting." Volkssporting started in Germany and, simply defined, is a personal sports and recreation fitness program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and, in some regions, cross-country skiing. You choose when to participate, and participate 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 on 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 ($4)

Want to get involved?

Good people are hard to find, but fun to be around! 

Do you want to help but feel that you don't have enough experience?  Don't worry!  We all started at ground zero, and we’ll be at your side while you gain knowledge.

You can volunteer for a couple of hours once a year, or more frequently as it fits into your schedule.

Contact any of the officers with your questions.

Please lend a hand:

  • Attend more events.

  • Invite a friend to join you.

  • Organize a new walk or bike ride.

  • Join a committee.

  • Answer questions at a community fair or present to community organizations.

  • Work the registration table at a special event.

  • Create a walk or ride, or be a contact for an existing one. 

  • Run for office.

  • Help anywhere you see a need.

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