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See this week's volksmarch events.

For those who like to walk the longer routes, here is a list of marathon walks in Germany for the second half of the year. The first half, through June 27, was included in the Feb. 11 column.

As a reminder, this list is taken from the Terminiliste 2010. We have not received fliers for these walks, so we cannot provide more information at this time.

July 3 and 4: Idar-ObersteinJuly 17: DattelnJuly 31: Venwegen-StolbergJuly 31: BockenauAug. 7 and 8: EbernhahnAug. 21 and 22: Mengers-kirchenAug. 21 and 22: CrailsheimAug. 28: LütjenseeAug. 28 and 29: BraunfelsSept. 4 and 5: FlachtSept. 11 and 12: BeilsteinSept. 11 and 12: EnsheimSept. 18 and 19: OberasbachSept. 25 and 26: ZielhardSept. 25 and 26: GroßaitlingenOct. 2 and 3: FuldaOct. 16 and 17: VölklingenOct. 23 and 24: Aarbergen-DaisbachOct. 30 and 31: KoblenzOct. 30 and 31: KleinwallstadtIf any readers would like to know the dates of IVV bike and IVV swim events in Germany for this year, please send us a message and we’ll publish the dates.

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Before going any farther, we want to send happy birthday wishes to Rob Floyd of the Heidelberg International Wandering Club. We would have mentioned it in last week’s column, but Rob’s wife, Cath, was planning some surprises, so we did not want to inadvertently spoil anything.

Rob is quite the volksmarcher, having completed more than 1,400 events and logging more than 34,000 kilometers. While accomplishing these milestones, he has completed the Europa Cup, awarded for walks in at least 14 countries, as well as the Marathon Cup, for the number of marathon walks, several times.

Rob and Cath have been members of the HIWC since 1997. Rob served as public relations officer in 1999, during which time he set up the club’s Web site. Since 2002, he has been vice president, with the exception of 2008, when he stepped up as president. Rob’s heart and soul is in the vice president’s role, because that position includes organizing the club’s volksmarches. This is a labor he loves and does exceptionally well.

Well, Rob, congratulations on hitting the big 5-Oh! Here’s wishing you many more happy birthdays and volksmarches.

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Thanks go out to our fellow walkers for sending in brochures, all in date order. In addition to the Floyds, here’s the list: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro, John and Evelyn Golembe, Tim and Luchi Lynch, “Pat” and Cheryl Patterson; and Lew Harrison, Doug LeVien and Nancy Shawley.

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Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s events:

• The volksmarch in Hermesdorf, Germany, this weekend is convenient for readers in the Bitburg and Spangdahlem area. Organizers have added a 15-kilometer route this year. The walk is for IVV credit only.

• For an interesting prize, complete the walk at Mühlhausen/Enz, Germany. Sponsors are awarding a desk organizer that will hold pens and pencils and is also a digital clock, calendar and thermometer. It comes complete with batteries. This is also a Stammtisch walk for the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club.

Notes from Clark Soeldner, our Italian walk expert:

• The start for the walk in Caselle di Selvazzano Dentro is at the Zona collaudo automezzi di fronte cucina Mappa on via Parini.

• The walk in Piacenza is being held in conjunction with a non-IVV, competitive event of 21 and 42 kilometers. For more information, go to this site:www.placentiamarathon.it.

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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