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September is here, and thus starts our favorite time of year for volksmarching. The days are shorter; the weather is cooler and walks are plentiful. It also means the start of the official countdown to the weekend of volksmarching in Heidelberg, Germany, set for Sept. 24-25. This will be the 37th annual walk for the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, which expects as many as 3,000 walkers from all over Europe.

Here are excerpts from information sent to us by the club’s Rob Floyd:

“A lot of hard work and effort goes into planning and organizing this event, and scores of volunteers are needed to help make it happen. Whatever your skill and commitment, there is definitely a job for you. Help is needed in all areas; setting up and breaking down benches and tables in the start hall; marking and monitoring the trail; operating checkpoints; stamping cards; preparing and selling food; selling drinks; distributing supplies and equipment; directing parking and monitoring traffic flow; making and selling coffee and cakes; selling boutique items; working at the start card tables; handing out prizes and cleaning the start hall after the event.

“There are many benefits to volunteering for this event: you get to be part of a great organization; you help operate a German/American community event; meet new people and experience new challenges; you get a free volunteer T-shirt (while they last), and free food and drink coupons; and last but not least  …. you get your beer mug before they are sold out.”

For more information, contact Rob or Cath Floyd at civ. 06227-841226, send questions to the HIWC at hiwc@yahoo.com or check out the club’s website at www.hiwc.de.

• If you are anywhere near Heidelberg this Saturday, head to Heidelberg castle for the last evening castle illumination of the year. Starting at about 10:15 p.m., the castle will be bathed in red light and there will be a big fireworks display. Then Sunday you can do the walk in nearby Rauenberg.

• This weekend, the walk in Höheinöd, Germany, should be convenient for the Kaiserslautern Military Community. The routes start both days at 7 a.m. at the Sportplatz Sägmühle. You can start the 5- and 10-kilometer trails until 2 p.m. You must start the 17-km route before 1 p.m. All trails close at 5 p.m.

To get there, if you’re driving on A62 from the Kaiserslautern/Landstuhl direction heading toward Pirmasens, take the Höheinöd exit, which is located within a rest area. Continue about 100 meters, then expect a sharp right/left jog. At the sign, turn right toward the traffic circle and follow signs to the start. If you’re coming from Pirmasens, heading toward Kaiserslautern/Landstuhl, exit at the rest area on the opposite side and take an immediate right turn after only 20 meters. Turn right under the bridge and proceed to the traffic circle.

• In the Stuttgart area, the volksmarch in Filderstadt, Germany, offers a ceramic tea-light house as a prize. These usually have a winter theme and several put together make a nice Christmas village scene. This event is Sunday only and starts between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• The walk in Dettelbach am Main, Germany, is awarding a cute little stuffed dog for completing one of its routes. You can start Saturday at 11 a.m. or Sunday at 7 a.m. The trails are 5, 11 and 20 kilometers.

• Clark Soeldner tin Italy ells us, “The Selva di Val Gardena walk is always a great mountain walk. Expect some serious hills on the 21-kilometer route.” He adds that the start for the Vigasio walk is two kilometers from the center of Vigasio in the direction of Verona.E-mail volksmarch information to two.walkers@yahoo.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.


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