Volksmarch column, April 19
We start this week with a calendar addition and subtraction. The addition is the walk in Hohenfels, Germany, April 28-29. This event coincides with the town’s German-American Volksfest, which runs April 27 through May 1. It sounds like a fun weekend.
The subtraction takes place this weekend. We were hoping to go to the walk in Orscholz, Germany, but unfortunately, it was canceled. The DVV website gave no reason for the change. We hope it will be rescheduled soon. For several years we have wanted to go to this walk to see the panoramic view of the hairpin turn in the Saar River.
• Stavelot, Belgium, will host a nice walk this weekend. It always has interesting hilly routes through the historic area. We also enjoy visiting the WWII museums in the area as well as the little brewery in the nearby town of Bellevaux.
• Next Saturday is the Kiddie Volksmarch at Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg. Sponsored by the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, this event is geared toward ages 12 and younger. There is no entrance fee and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The route is 5 kilometers long and children will receive a medal and certificate when they complete the walk. The start is at the library parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Rob Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The weekend after that, May 5-6, is the annual Ramstein spring walk. This is a popular event that draws a lot of walkers. It also needs a lot of volunteer help to make it run smoothly. The Roadrunners offered this list of benefits for volunteers:
• The best reason to volunteer is to help your club and the walking community and to support the local community. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know your fellow club members. The only thing volunteering takes is your time; whether you have a half day or a whole weekend to offer, consider coming out to help. You’ll see a different side of volksmarching and develop a greater appreciation of the sport itself.
• The club will provide food and drink tickets (5 euros per day) for each volunteer.
• Coffee, soda and water will be provided free. We do ask you to pay for any beer or wine.
• You receive IVV event and distance credit for the walk if you participate in the Volunteer Pre-walk on April 29.
• You get a club volksmarch volunteer patch for your walking vest or jacket.
• You receive club credits (5 euros for a half day, 10 euros for a full day) that you can use to buy club clothing, pay for upcoming trips or use for membership dues.
• The club will hold a Volunteer Appreciation picnic on May 19 at the Grillhutte on the hill near the LRMC. Food (burgers, wurst, salads, etc.) and drinks will be provided by the club. The Roadrunners will hold annual elections at this time also.
Sign up either via the Roadrunners’ website (ava.org/clubs/ramsteinroad runners/events.html) or by sending an email to ramsteinroad email@example.com. Let the club know what you want to do (check the website for volunteer options).
Email volksmarch information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO AE 09752.