Volksmarch column, Nov. 24 and beyond
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 resting up before a big Thanksgiving feast. However, if you haven’t been to the walk yet, you have until 1 p.m. to start the five- or 10-kilometer routes.
This is the 27th year that the Roadrunners have hosted the Turkey Trot. Again this year, the start hall is at the Mehrzweckhalle in Miesenbach, street address Am Kiefernkopf 20.
If you have time, pick up some baked goods to donate to the club for resale. Make sure you finish your walk by 3 p.m. so 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 Metz Christmas market walk Dec. 10. This is one of the most beautiful walks you will ever take. The historical old city with the cathedral, along with Christmas lights and a Christmas market, add up to spectacular scenery. Sign up and pay today at the Turkey Trot to get the “Speedy-bird” discount; contact Gene Behrends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to attend a couple of interesting walks this weekend, you might consider Saturday’s event in Bad Münster am Stein. This walk starts at 2 p.m., and the 5-kilometer route will take you through the town’s Christmas market. If you want to walk a bit more, the 11-kilometer option will take you to the neighboring town of Bad Kreuznach and through its Christmas market.
Two Christmas markets on one walk sounds almost too good to be true!
Sunday you also can attend an interesting walk with a market. It starts at the Centre Culturel Tramsschapp on Rue Ermesinde in the Limpertsberg district of Luxembourg City.
This walk’s flier states that it 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, and 2 p.m. for the 6- and 12-kilometer trails.
If you are a World War II history enthusiast, Dec. 9-11 is the weekend to be in Bastogne, Belgium. There are numerous activities throughout the weekend, but we feel Saturday’s historic walk is the highlight.
The event is designed to honor those who fought and died during the Battle of the Bulge. This year, the routes will be northeast of the city in the area of Noville.
The distances will be 7, 13 and 22 kilometers. There is no advance registration this year, so try to get there early. You can register Friday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., or Saturday morning before the walk.
We are not sure when they open Saturday morning, but the walk starts between 8 and 9:30 a.m.
• Meanwhile, high-fives to our fellow walkers who found time to mail us volksmarch brochures. Keep them coming!
E-mail volksmarch information to email@example.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.