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Click here for this week’s European Volksmarch schedule.

This weekend is the two-day event sponsored by the Ramstein Roadrunners, the largest local walking club in the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany. The 5- and 10-kilometer trails start between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, while the 20k starts between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Finishing times are by 5 p.m.

These are all new trails, and the 5k and 10k routes are stroller friendly. The Dualen Oberschule in Ramstein village is the start location. According to the club, as you approach Ramstein from nearly any direction, there will be signs guiding you to the start point. The prize is a great- looking beer mug.

You can help celebrate Nurse’s Week by walking Saturday morning with nurses from the area. They will start the walk at about 9 a.m. As a retired Army nurse, Bob will be there to support not only the nurses but also the Ramstein Roadrunners. Lorraine will be there as well, so please come up and say “Hi!”

The bottom line is this: Three new routes, nice prize, a chance to celebrate Nurse’s Week, close to the KMC and sponsored by an excellent club. We cannot think of a reason not to go.

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After-action reports:

• From Aviano, Italy, Clark Soeldner reports that hard work and preparation by the Aviano Roadrunners, teamed with a beautiful day, resulted in a wonderful walk in Aviano. More than 1,000 walkers, including the mayor of the provincial capital, a busload from Slovenia and a small group from Vicenza enjoyed the trails and the views of the Madonna della Monte church. The Roadrunners were very pleased with the turnout, so, if you were one of the folks who attended, spread the word about what a great time you had, and make the Roadrunners’ next walk even better.

• From Consdorf, Luxembourg: Tim and Luchi Lynch say that they really enjoyed the Consdorf walk. It was “definitely one of the prettiest ones we’ve hiked. The area in the forest and caves is beautiful.” Lorraine and I have done this walk in the fall when the leaves are turning colors and agree that this is indeed beautiful countryside.

• From Stavelot, Belgium: Wow! What a beautiful day for a walk. After a brief time away from Volksmarching for medical reasons, Lorraine and Bob hit the trail and enjoyed a great walk. The trail took us above the city to some scenic views across the valley. Afterward we visited friends Rob and Jacqueline at their museum in Poteau, Belgium. These two history lovers have gone to great lengths to enlarge and update their collection of artifacts, dioramas and vehicles from the Battle of the Bulge. Between now and June 15, they are open only on weekends from 1-5 p.m, but from June 15 until Sept. 15, they will be open 1-5 p.m. daily.

After a morning Volksmarch in the area, a visit to this museum is a good way to spend the afternoon. Talk to Rob about the rides he offers in a restored World War II halftrack. For more information, see their multilanguage Web site, www.museum-poteau44.be. Make sure you say “Hi” to the resident pooch in charge, Mauser.

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Dietkirchen, Germany, is hosting a triathlon this weekend. You will pay 4.50 euros to start all three events (walk 5, 11 or 20 kilometers, cycle 30 kilomters, and then swim either 300 or 500 meters) and receive a commemorative triathlon certificate. Those who want to take home the umbrella prize pay 6.80 euros. Rental bikes are not available.

If a triathlon is a bit much, you can do any of the individual events for the regular Volksmarch price of 1.50 euros for IVV credit only, or 3.80 Euros for IVV credit and the umbrella.

One final note: There is a shuttle bus from the Bürgerhaus start hall to the swim event at the pool in Offheim.

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With the walks list getting longer, there is less room on the Volksmarch page for our commentary. As a result, one of the first areas to be edited out is the “Thanks” section. So even if you do not see your name in print, rest assured that we appreciate the efforts of those who send us the fliers that you pick up at the walks you attend. It is from these fliers that we get the information for the walks list. The “Thanks” section will continue to be available at the Stars and Stripes online version at www.estripes. com.

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Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s events:

• The walk in Kemnath, Germany, is convenient for members of the Grafen- wöhr and Vilkseck communities. The prize is a B-medal, and you might be able to get one of last year’s stuffed animal squirrels.

Clark Soeldner’s Italian walking notes:

• The walk in Pordenone is part of the World Walking Day celebration. There will be a certificate available at the end.

• You must be finished walking by noon if you want to collect a bottle of wine for walking the route in Borghetto di Valeggio.

• The walk in Castello di Montorio- Verona is along a 10-kilometer route which can be repeated for additional distance credit.

Please e-mail volksmarch schedule information to two.walkers@yahoo.com. By conventional mail, send brochures (in date order if possible) to: Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09703-0278.

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