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The Woodland Wanderers promote the health, physical fitness and well-being of the people of the United States by organizing, promoting, and conducting scheduled programs of non-competitive, family-oriented participatory lifetime sports.

The Woodland Wanderers have been sponsoring and supporting walking, biking, swimming, and cross country skiing events since 2004. We call Colorado home.

"Volksmarching" (non-competitive walking) is the most common type of event and usually consists of a marked or guided 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) route. Each participant is encouraged to walk at a pace that is comfortable and enjoyable. Volksmarch is a German term, literally meaning “a people's walk”. Our walks have been chosen for their natural beauty, scenic interest, historical value and safety. The trails are well marked or maps are provided.

Trails may be in cities, towns, parks, forests, or anywhere there is a pleasant or interesting area to walk. Walks may be on city streets, in quaint little towns, through state parks, rugged forests, or anyplace with interesting scenery. Shorter routes are often available for those who desire. Biking and swimming events are occasionally offered as well. Events are always non-competitive, so you can choose your sport and participate at your own pace.

The Woodland Wanderers is affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, an organization which promotes walking and other sporting activities for “fun, fitness, and friendship” and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV), an international organization composed of national associations and clubs that organizes popular sports (volkssports) events.

Why am I a Volksmarcher?

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Hmm. That is a really good question.

The answer will take some thought, and I have never been accused of being a deep thinker. Maybe if we look at how it all started, that will give me a clue.

In 1976 I was in the military. I was sent on Temporary Duty to Schierstein, Germany for three weeks. That means I had a couple of weekends free. Someone I knew asked me if I had any plans for the weekend, and would I like to go on a walk with them. Of course, I said “Yes!” I won a medal!! Believe it or not, I still have it.

Upon returning to the United States, my wife and I discovered that there was a local club that was putting on these types of events right here in river city. OK, Denver. We began gathering the brochures and spending part of our weekends walking. It was pleasurable.

We discovered that we could keep track of our walking by recording the number of events and the distance for each walk. Even then I remember it was difficult to get that information. We bought one set of books, and got that stamped at each event. After we did about a hundred, my wife decided she wanted her own books, since by then we sorta understood.

 

 

Woodland Wanderers Welcome Club Sites

The Woodland Wanderers, AVA-915 in Woodland Park, Colorado, is reaching out to all AVA member clubs to provide very reasonably priced hosting for their club web sites. The AVA dropped the club web site hosting program that has been in effect for many years. Frank Sayers (who has worked in the computer field for many years) decided it would be a nice challenge to assist clubs in this matter. Clubs hosting their web sites on the AVA servers have been asked to delete their files from the AVA servers.

Frank had a request from one of the clubs in our region to assist. He said "Yes." Then, when looking into what it would take, decided it was only incrementally more difficult to host 100 instead of just one. A plan was put in place to host the web site of any AVA club that wants to, at a very reasonable cost. If the club has internal expertise it will function just like when hosted on the AVA server. If the club needs assistance, Frank will keep the site maintained with club-provided content.

Frank said, "We already have over a dozen clubs up and running, while others are being assembled with our 'I do It' plan from the club's content." The only requirement to sign on is you are an AVA member club.

If your club does not currently have their own web site, we are here to help. If your club is paying more than $10 per year to host your web site, we can save you money.

For information about the hosting plans, go to AVAClubs.org, or send an email to the Woodland Wanderers to get started.

  • Hosting just like the AVA used to do
  • Less expensive
  • Do It Yourself
  • I will do it for you if you prefer
  • Your Own Domain if you choose
  • One month, One year, or Five-year Plans

Latest Updates

  • Colorado Springs Area Fires

    Wild Colorado Weather

    August has been wild and crazy in Colorado. First, we had the fires, now we are getting the rains! Manitou Springs has taken the brunt of it with flooding from the burn scar off Waldo Canyon that burned last year. Highway 24 that goes up Ute Pass has flooded several times, with one man actually drowning on August 9. The Black Forest fire area has also flooded several roads, but all of the walks in the Colorado Springs area are all still up and running. The best advice would be to try and get your walks done in the mornings, because late afternoons are when the skies start opening up and the problems begin. Watching the news, it seems that the weather is getting crazier all over the country, but we can’t let that stop us from getting our books filled, right? Anyway, Hope to see you on the Trails!

    The City of Colorado Springs warns of an increased risk of flash flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire. The fire has significantly changed the landscape, presenting a higher risk of debris flow and flooding. If you see water rising, the city recommends "Up not Out." Move up to higher ground immediately. Do not try to drive out. Move to the top floor or roof. Do not attempt to walk through flowing water, or drive through flooded roadways. Do not allow children to play in drainage areas. Flash flooding can occur even if it is not raining where you are, and just 6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet.

    Because the price of postage is going up, and it can be a pain in the butt to remember to send us the money, I have set up PayPal to accept your payment. Of course, you still have to remember to do it. When you get back home from the walk, log onto our web site and come here. Choose your participation category, enter your name and the walk name, and click Buy Now. It will ask you for how you want to pay, you can leave a message, and you are done. Thanks in Advance for doing our walk.

    Pay Your Walk Fee Here
    Select Category
    Enter your name and which walk
  • Connecticut School Shootings

    Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by the senseless school shooting in Newtown, CT. For the solution to this problem, click School Shootings Solution.

  • AVA Club Web Hosting

    AVA Club web site hosting is now available. For complete information and to sign up, goto AVAClubs.org, or send an email to the Woodland Wanderers NOW!!