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Click here for this week’s European Volksmarch schedule.

This is a long holiday weekend across Europe and there are plenty of volksmarches to choose from. The walks start early, so you early-birds can get up and get your volksmarches out of the way first thing in the morning.

Today is Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, so we will be at the walk in Rimburg/Landgraaf. We hope it will take us past the Schloss Rimburg, the scene of heavy fighting as U.S. troops crossed the Wurm River into Germany. While the town of Rimburg is in the Netherlands, the castle is across the river in Germany. You can park at the church and walk across the bridge to get to the castle. The castle complex is now a series of private residences, so it’s not open to the public, but is still a nice area for a volksmarch.

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Limburg an der Lahn, Germany, hosts an IVV triathlon this weekend. You can walk six, 11 or 20 kilometers, bike 25 kilometers, and then swim either 300 or 500 meters, and receive a commemorative triathlon certificate.

If a triathlon is a bit much, you can do any of the separate events for the regular volksmarch price of 1.50 euros for IVV credit only, or 3.80 euros for IVV credit and the prize, a book of poems and verses. Organizers will not have bikes for rent, so you will have to provide your own.

One final note about this event: They will have a shuttle bus from the Markthalle (start hall) to the swim event at the pool in Offheim.

Look for the Ramstein Roadrunners at this walk and go up and say “Hi.” They are a great bunch of walkers and will gladly walk, talk and share a table with you. The Roadrunners will also be at the four-day walking event at Rodenbach starting on May 6.

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The Heidelberg International Wandering Club is busy this weekend, too, as a busload of walkers heads to the event in Reinsfeld. After the walk, they will head to Mettlach to visit the factory outlet stores. Here’s hoping they have a nice walk and find some deals, too.

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Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s events:

• Kemnath, Germany, is offering B-medals this year, but last year they had a Teddy bear for their prize. Maybe they’ll have some this year.

• The Saturday walk in Bibione, Italy, is the year-round walk that goes by the lighthouse.

• The Monte di Malo, Italy, walk is a great one, but expect some serious hills.

• Please note that the Villaverla, Italy, event is for bikes only.

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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