Walking Convention – June 13-20

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The 19th Bi-Annual American Volkssport Association (AVA) Convention will be in Salem, Oregon this June. The AVA is the premier noncompetitive sports organization in the United States. The deadline for registering for this Convention is May 18th. You can register online at: http://www.nationalavaconvention2015.com/registration.html

The AVA convention will feature nine (9) walking events in Oregon/Washington. There is also a 37K Bike event and a 300 meter swim event. You don’t have to pre-register for these events but you do for the other activities.

In addition to the walk/bike/swim events there will be daily workshops with topics like “Energy Healing”, “We are made for Walking” and “Dealing with Foot Pain”.  There will be opportunities to meet and share ideas with the AVA’s Executive Direct Henry Rosales. There will be State Association meetings to share successes, ideas on how to host picture perfect events, how to lay out trails, and many other topics.

There will be a Silent Auction to raise funds for the AVA and allows participants to get some really wonderful items. There will an Awards ceremony for volunteers who have earned Special Recognition, are Distinguished Achievers, or who have been inducted into the AVA Hall of Fame.  They will also be announcing the winners of the AVA publicity contests.  On Thursday evening there will be a buffet dinner so you can social with walkers from across the nation.  There will be a formal dinner on Friday.

Please come join us!

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Clear Lake Hike – Sisters, OR – 2nd Event of the 19th Annual Walking Convention

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Unlike marathons, the metal shown above isn’t free at Volksmarching Events. The metal is $8.00, but our event registration is only $3.00. So you can do the event and purchase a metal for $11.00. Not bad!

This hike is a significant challenge with some difficult terrain. Walk along the Clear Lake Trail crossing a footbridge over the head waters of the McKenzie River to the McKenzie River Trail to the Check Point.  After the Check Point you will cross another single pathway footbridge and walk by Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls to the Carmen Reservoir (Restroom).  You will walk back along the other side of the McKenzie River on the Falls Loops Trail, passing by the Falls again with different views,back past the Check Point area and return to the Clear Lake Trail and to the Finish!!!    The section of the trail from the single path footbridge to the reservoir is the Most Difficult part with Loose Gravel and Tree Roots, along with some Large Rocks to walk around, is from the Footbridge to the Reservoir.

14050509262015 Biennial Walking Convention

June 13 – 21, 2015

They now have a webpage up.  ( http://www.nationalavaconvention2015.com/ )

Come walk with us!

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Clear Lake Hike – Sisters, OR – 2nd Event of the 19th Annual Walking Convention

clearlake

Unlike marathons, the metal shown above isn’t free at Volksmarching Events. The metal is $8.00, but our event registration is only $3.00. So you can do the event and purchase a metal for $11.00. Not bad!

This hike is a significant challenge with some difficult terrain. Walk along the Clear Lake Trail crossing a footbridge over the head waters of the McKenzie River to the McKenzie River Trail to the Check Point.  After the Check Point you will cross another single pathway footbridge and walk by Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls to the Carmen Reservoir (Restroom).  You will walk back along the other side of the McKenzie River on the Falls Loops Trail, passing by the Falls again with different views,back past the Check Point area and return to the Clear Lake Trail and to the Finish!!!    The section of the trail from the single path footbridge to the reservoir is the Most Difficult part with Loose Gravel and Tree Roots, along with some Large Rocks to walk around, is from the Footbridge to the Reservoir.

14050509262015 Biennial Walking Convention

June 13 – 21, 2015

They now have a webpage up.  ( http://www.nationalavaconvention2015.com/ )

Come walk with us!

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Bend, OR – 1st Event of the 19th Annual Walking Convention

Metal for completing the Event.

Metal for completing the Event.

Unlike marathons, the metal shown above isn’t free at Volksmarching Events. The metal is $8.00, but our event registration is only $3.00. So you can do the event and purchase a metal for $11.00. Not bad!

This event is a pleasant town walk in the City of Bend going through local neighborhoods, downtown Bend, through 4 City Parks (if you are doing the 11K route and 3 City Parks if doing the 6K route). You will walk along the Deschutes River and by Mirror Pond. Walk route is mostly paved with some areas with sandy gravel trails.

14050509262015 Biennial Walking Convention

June 13 – 21, 2015

They now have a webpage up.  ( http://www.nationalavaconvention2015.com/ )

Come walk with us!

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19th Annual Walking Convention – Event Flyers

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June 13 – 21, 2015

To view a flyer click on the event listing.  While all the details aren’t filled in yet, it give you an idea so you can start making plans to attend.

June 13th – Bend, Oregon
June 14th – Sisters, Oregon
June 15th – Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
June 16th – Vancouver, Washington
June 17th – Eugene, Oregon
June 18th – Lincoln City, Oregon
June 19th – Salem, Oregon
June 20th – Mount St. Helens, Washington
June 21st – Portland, Oregon

These are non-competitive sports events. To learn more click here.

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19th Annual Walking Convention

14050509262015 Biennial Walking Convention

June 13 – 21, 2015

They now have a webpage up.  ( http://www.nationalavaconvention2015.com/ )

The walks are the same as those given in the last post, but they have rearranged the order they will be walked in.  Click on “Walks” and it will give the information for all the events.

Come walk with us!

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19th Annual Walking Convention

2015 Biennial Walking Convention

June 13 – 21, 2015

Salem, Oregon

Here is the tentative schedule:

Sat:      Bend, Oregon
Sun:    Sisters, Oregon
Mon:   (2 walks) Silver Falls State Park and/or Silverton, Oregon
Tue:     Lincoln, Oregon
Wed:    Eugene, Oregon
Thu:     Portland, Oregon
Fri:       Salem, Oregon
Sat:       Mount St. Helens, Washington
Sun:     Vancouver, Washington

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