Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Today is the Ramstein Roadrunners’ Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. We hope that when you read this, you have completed the walk and are now resting in preparation for a big Thanksgiving feast. If, on the other hand, you have not been to the walk yet, you have until 1 p.m. to get there and start the five- or 10- kilometer routes.

This is the 26th year that the Roadrunners have hosted their Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. This year, they have moved to a different start hall. It is at the Mehrzweckhalle in Miesenbach. The street address is Am Kiefernkopf 20.

If you have time, take a couple of minutes to pick up some baked goods to donate to the club. Make sure you finish your walk by 3 p.m. so the club members and other volunteers can quickly clean up the hall and get home to their Thanksgiving meals.

While we are talking about the Roadrunners, you still have time to sign up for their bus trip to the Brussels Christmas Market walk Dec. 11. If you sign up and pay today at the Turkey Trot you will qualify for their “Speedy-bird” discount. Contact Gene Behrends at

There is still a little time left to sign up for the Kaiserslautern Sunny Coyotes’ trip to the Valkenburg, Netherlands, Christmas Market Dec. 4. Contact Helen Wallace at for more information. This is a shopping trip and is not associated with an IVV walk.

The Sunny Coyotes will also be sending a bus to the Bastogne walk Dec. 11. Sign up with Norm Raynal at

If you want to attend an interesting walk this weekend, you might consider Saturday evening’s walk in Colmar, France. It is an evening illumination walk through the city and their Christmas market might be open.

The start hall is at the Cercle Saint Martin on Avenue Joffre and you can depart between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. You must complete the walk by 10 p.m.

Then Sunday you can attend another interesting walk in Luxembourg City. It starts at the Centre Culturel on Avenue Victor Hugo in the Limpertsberg district. This walk’s flier states that the walk will take you through the Luxembourg City Christmas market. You can start walking at 7 a.m. The cutoff time to start the 20-kilometer route is noon; 2 p.m. for the six- and 12- kilometer trails.

• Ramona Kechelen tells us that the walk in Herzogenaurach is near outlet stores for Puma, Adidas, and other shoes.

• In Italy, the Breganze event is a nice walk through the Torcolato hills. The start is at the Cantina Beato Bartolomeo wine company. Your start card will get you a 10 percent discount on wine purchased between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

• Pre-registration for the Bastogne Historic Walk ends tomorrow. Registration is easy at

You don’t have to pay until you show up for the walk Dec. 11.

If you are a World War II history enthusiast, this is the weekend to be in Bastogne, Belgium. The walk is the centerpiece for numerous activities designed to honor those who fought and died during the Battle of the Bulge.

• A hearty thanks to some of our fellow walkers who found time to mail us volksmarch brochures. This week they are: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro; Cath and Rob Floyd; Richard and Donna Glenn; Lew Harrison; Wayne Henry; Ramona and Horst Kechelen; John, Mary and Tess Laub; Tim and Luchi Lynch; Dave Miller; “Pat” and Cheryl Patterson; Rick Sciascia; and Nancy Shawley.

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