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This weekend is the volksmarch in Stuttgart, hosted by the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club. This is the 34th year the club has hosted a walk. The start is at the Heumaden Sports Club on Kemnater Strasse 50 at Heumaden-Sillenbuch in southeast Stuttgart. This is just north of the Stuttgart airport and Kelley Barracks. For details on finding the start hall, visit the SGAWC Web site at www.sgawc.com.

The trails will be six, 11, 21 and 30 kilometers long and will wind through the fields and woods between Stuttgart, Esslingen and the Stuttgart airport. As club president, Wayne Henry adds, "There are sweeping views to the Schwabian Alps. You may also see a castle or two in the distance."

The six- and 11-kilometer trails can be started between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. For the 21k course, start between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and between 6:30 a.m. and noon Sunday. If 30 kilometers is more to your liking, start between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and between 6:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. B-medals are available for participating.

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The Frankfurt-Goldstein trails take participants through the Frankfurter Stadtwald (Frankfurt City Forest). The Goldsteinschule on Strassburgerstrasse is the start location for the six-, 11- and 20-kilometer courses, and this year a 30k route has been added. To get to the start hall, take the Niederrad exit from Autobahn 5. If you use the S-bahn, take line 12 to the Waldau stop. Start the shorter walks between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. You have to start the 30k trail before 10 a.m. each day. B-medals from previous walks will be available at the reduced rate of 3 euros.

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As much as we would love to attend one of the above walks, this week finds us back in Pennsylvania, where we hope to walk some year-round events in the Philadelphia and Valley Forge areas. A quick search of the American Volksport Association Web site, www.ava.org, shows that Pennsylvania has three year-round walks in downtown Philadelphia and two at Valley Forge. A few hours away at Gettysburg, there are three walks and a bike event. What a great way to visit the battlefield.

We also will be looking for permanent walks in San Antonio and Port Aransas, Texas, and Atlantic City, N.J., during this trip. We have used the AVA Web site to find walks, now we just have to get out and do them. As you can see, when you go back to the States, you don’t have to stop volksmarching. In fact, take your passion for walking back with you and support a club with your experience and enthusiasm.

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Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s events:

• Ramona and Horst Kechelen sent a note stating that the Sachsen walk is convenient for the Ansbach, Katterbach and Illesheim communities.

• The prize at the Fichtenau, Germany, walk is a frog decoration for your garden. After this walk, head over to Dinkelsbühl and visit this pretty walled city.

• Walkers in the Kaiserslautern, Germany, area should take note that this weekend’s walk starts in Glan-Münchweiler, off Autobahn 62, and not another local town called Münchweiler. Start the 5k, 10k or 20k distances between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. (finish by 5 p.m.) Saturday and Sunday. From the keyboard of Clark Soeldner in Italy we read that you might want to arrive early at the walk in Valstagna because parking can be a problem. Also:

• The prize at the Bavaria walk is two pounds of pasta di grano duro and a half-pound of tagliatelli all’uovo. You might want to get an early start if possible because the IVV rep often leaves after the runners return.

• If it is raining at the Tramonti di Sopra walk, there will be shorter routes because the mountain trails will be closed.

E-mail volksmarch information to two.walkers@yahoo.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09703-0278.


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