SparkPeople AVA - America's Walking Club Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1755 Do you like walking outdoors with the challenge earning an event stamp? Do you like to travel? Completing the walk and collecting the stamp gives you a real sense of accomplishment. SparkPeople AVA - America's Walking Club Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1755 Walking @ Vicksburg National Military Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x54212352 . <BR> This is not a sanctioned AVA walk but one (or several) I highly recommend. When you get to the Vicksburg National Military Park visitors center and request a walking guide. There are several walks to choose from. We started early and walked two of them this week and plan to return this fall to complete the longer ones. They have a walking lane for walkers. It's a really nice walk and I say this having done it in mid July in the Deep South with my seven year old son! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:52:36 EST So excited about attending first AVA event 3/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x52065559 I'm going to Hot srpings, Arkansas for their event March 23. My dear sweet husband agreed to go with me and we're going to walk one10K on Saturday and the other 10K Sunday before heading back home. I have walked two AVA 10ks but thsi is my first event. We don't have an AVA club in my area so I don't know what to expect but am looking forward to it! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:44:55 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x51918984 Love to walk and have done local volksmarches as well as some trips with Walking Adventures that feature volksmarching. Hope to enjoy this group and learn more about volksmarching. <em>313</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:26:48 EST I posted the info from the flyer in 3 parts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x51871362 because I simply couldnt figure out how to post the info without cutting and pasting. Sorry in advance for my lack of tech skills. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:53:59 EST Part 3, Event info Hot Springs, Arkansas 3/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x51871352 Start Location: Visitor’s Center at 629 Central Avenue <BR> (GPS coord: 34°30’38.1” N 93°03’13.4” W) <BR> From the north, take Hwy 7 south. This turns into Central Ave. <BR> From the east, take Hwy 270 by pass and exit at Hwy 7 going north <BR> From the west take Hwy 70 to 270 going east and exit at Hwy 7 going north. <BR> <BR> Hwy 7 is also Central Avenue. The start point is at Central Ave and Spring Street. <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:53:00 EST Hot Springs, AR 3/23/13 event Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x51871332 Contacts: Liz Pierron 314-517-0528 or LPierron@aol.com <BR> <BR> Start/Finish Times: Start any time between 9AM -1PM and must finish by 4:00pm. <BR> <BR> Trail Ratings: All trails are rated 2A and are not suitable for wheelchairs. <BR> <BR> Eligibility: Everyone is welcome. These events are open to all, regardless of age, sex, creed, race or nationality. An adult must accompany children under age 12. <BR> <BR> Sanction and IVV credit: Event is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Ass... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:51:27 EST Hot Springs, AR event info 3/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x51871317 The 6K and 10K walks take you through Hot Springs National Park Historic Downtown. President Andrew Jackson designated Hot Springs as the first federal reservation in 1832. As the first piece of America protected for future generations, Hot Springs is essentially America’s first national park. The picturesque beauty of this unique city is matched by a colorful history featuring some of the most iconic figures the county has ever known. The naturally thermal spring waters that flowed into ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:50:23 EST Hot Springs, Arkansas event 3/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x51812680 I just got an email and was wondering if anyone would be interested in me sharing the info? I don't mind posting it but wanted to check and see first if okay didn't want to break any rules. Thanks! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:42:56 EST Hello from Louisiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x51387921 I'm from north Louisiana. I'm 44 years old, mom to two boys, and married for 18 1/2 years to my college sweetie. I need to lose 40 lbs. I've just joined Weight Watchers. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and getting fit together! I've done two AVA walks, 1 in Shreveport and 1 in Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:37:51 EST AVA Centurion Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x49647287 Have you heard about the AVA Centurion Challenge? <BR> <BR> "Introduction: Experts everywhere are touting the health benefits of regular exercise. But, regular is the operative word. At AVA we believe this means consistently participating in Volkssport walks and other events. Beginning in January 2013, we are introducing the new Centurion Achievement Challenge to encourage and recognize those who make a special, serious commitment to the “Fitness” aspect of our Fun Fitness Friendship slogan.... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:44:44 EST Walking Mileage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x49586424 I have some problems with plantar fasciitis that I'm trying to get healed. So even 5k mileage is a pretty big deal for me. <BR> <BR> I did a 5k walk around the neighborhood on Monday. 1.5 mile Tuesday. 1.5 mile Thursday. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:46:46 EST Hi Team - New to Volksmarching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x49527492 I'm new to Volksmarching. I found that there is a group in my area with monthly hikes, several events through the year and about a dozen YRE. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to my first meeting next month and getting my starter kit. <BR> <BR> My goal is to do a long walk along a canal trail next spring. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:51:00 EST Hot Springs, Arkansas/Favor to ask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x47854529 Hi, does anyone have the map for the Hot Springs National Park 5k/10k? It has been discontinued (not sure why) and I really wanted to do it. If anyone has the map for it and would be willing to mail me a copy I would happily reimburse postage costs. Thanks! Tue, 1 May 2012 09:05:16 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x47854498 I'm a stay at home mom of two boys. I Just recently completed my 5th sprint triathlon. I live in Louisiana. I have been married for 18 years now. We have a motorhome and love to go camping but right now with ball season we can not go. I love to walk and look forward to completing the 5K and 10K challenges in our area and getting to know y'all. Tue, 1 May 2012 09:03:33 EST Welcome new member. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x47475273 I hope everyone noticed that we have a new member. Please welcome HEALTHYHABITGAL to our team! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 22:03:55 EST AVA Facebook page challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x45757737 There is a challenge out on the AVA Facebook page - to walk 1000 miles in 2010. That would be about 1600km, or about 31 km per week. I am joining. Anyone else up for that? <BR> Also, there is a FB page for the Idita-Walk which parallels the Iditarod dogsled race in Nome, Alaska by having people walk 1049 minutes in February and March to coincide with the 1049 miles of the Iditarod dogsled race. I think the website to register for that is www.idita-walk.com. Happy Walking in 2012. <em>198... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:36:07 EST 6/11km Walk in Harrisonville, MO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x44563364 Join the Pace Setters Volkssports Club for a non-competitive walk in Harrisonville on Sat Oct 15th. Start anytime between 9am - noon and finish by 3pm. The walk is thru historic downtown Harrisonville & on nature trails in the city park. Come find out what volksmarching is all about. Our motto is Fun, Fitness, Friendship. All ages are welcome. For more information email pacesetters644@gmail.com. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 23:13:17 EST A new game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x44400864 Lets have a little fun! ! ! Just add another "walking/volksmarching" word in alphabetical order . It can be a city , something you might see along the trail, a description of the trail itself, etc., ANY ONE WORD YOU WANT , JUST AS LONG AS IT HAS TO DO WITH OUR SPORT. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:15:19 EST Invitation to U.S. FreedomWalk Festival Oct. 21-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x44143222 The 10th annual U.S. FreedomWalk Festival is coming up October 21-23 in Arlington, Virginia. The three-day festival is an International Marching League event and offers IVV credit as well, though the festival is award-only. Friday's Welcome Walk has 5K and 10K trails in Arlington. Saturday's trails range from 6K to 42K and highlight monuments in Washington, DC. Sunday's trails have distances from 6K to 30K and have more of the trail in parks, with a mix of Arlington and DC. Hope to see y... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 09:36:43 EST Quality Hill walk - Sat Aug 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x43561380 This Saturday's group walk will be the Quality Hill YRE, we will be starting at 7am from the parking lot of the Arabia Steamboat Museum near the City Market, 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106 Paper work will be done before the walk starts and we will stamp our books when we reach the start point. For more information on the YRE go to http://www.ava.org/clubs/c&#8203;layplatte<BR>/yre/downtown.htm&#8203;l. Please let me know if you are planning on attending, so that I have enough direction... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:18:34 EST Walking Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x43540391 Walked the Kool-Aid walk in Hastings, NE this weekend. Interesting walk with many old homes along the trail. If you bought the mug you could drink all the kool-aid you wanted, On the way we did a 5k in Junction City, KS, an interesting downtown with many old stone buildings. After the Hastings walk we drove down to Red Cloud, NE, the hometown of author Willa Cather. We walked by many places that are in her novels. Today on the way home we walked in York, NE. Another interesting town wa... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:29:15 EST PACE SETTERS IN KANSAS CITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x43422835 Just found this group. I am the president of the Pace Setters on the south side of Kansas City. I have been doing volksmarches since 1992 in Germany. We are working hard to try & get more people out to our walks in KC. If you are in the area, we have a group that walks every Sat morning on one of the local year rounds. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 22:34:15 EST Who's Going to Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x42246466 I've started packing and arranging for being away for three weeks. After much figuring, driving was the most economical when combined with needs. (I'm hauling goods and literature for Oregon's booth and want to walk in the states between Oregon and Iowa.) <BR> <BR> Who else is going and shall we meet? <BR> <BR> My schedule puts me in Council Bluffs on June 17th to do all the walks and I leave Iowa after the last walk on the following Monday. <BR> <BR> Maryann Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:54:42 EST Getting to know each other http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x41448645 Just wanted to drop by and say "HI". I want to thank you for your continuing support of the Volksmarching Team. I would like to get to know you all better. <BR> <BR> I would love to hear back from each and every one of you. Let me share a little about myself so you know me better too. <BR> <BR> I work full time. Nearly every weekend I travel around to different locations and do Volksmarches. I am actually trying to get all the counties of Texas (there are 254) so that involves a lot of dr... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:30:49 EST Walked an 11K in Shreveport Friday but it turned i http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x41412013 into a 12-mile odyssey! We were exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel as we had only trained for 7 miles! I am finally recovering but thoroughly enjoyed the trek. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:31:18 EST HOW TO - NEW PAGE FORMAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x39116705 Explanation I copied from another team I'm on. Credit goes to VEGLILS <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>============= <BR> <BR> <BR> As you can see, the team page has CHANGED. I am not real happy with it, but I want to make sure you all know how to huddle and reply to blogs and such still-- so please take a moment to read the following: <BR> <BR> First of all, you will notice that there is a lot missing from the top of the team page! It is all still available, but ob... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:09:48 EST Arizona walks for 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x38850574 Come Walk With Us!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Future AZ Volkssport Events: <BR> Jan 8 – Sierra Vista Traditional Walk Event (TMT) <BR> <BR> Jan 29 – Vulture Mine (near Wickenburg) (SSS) <BR> <BR> Jan 29 – Tucson Mountain Park (TMT) <BR> <BR> Feb 12 - Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, Phoenix (SSS) <BR> <BR> Mar 12 - Rio Vista Park, Peoria (SSS) <BR> <BR> Jun 11 - Mt. Lemmon Event (TVWK) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Details on above events are available at www.ava.org. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:19:40 EST Anyone Coming to the Trinity 10K on Jan 8? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x38748654 DH and I are planning on the 10K at Trinity and I was wondering if anyone else was going. WALKSFAR mentioned she would be there. It would be fun to meet up with Sparkfriends if possible. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 22:23:55 EST What is your club? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x38016743 I am a member of two. <BR> <BR> Trotting Texas Turtles - Copperas Cove, Tx <BR> Texas County Walkers - Mesquite, TX Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:07:56 EST Holiday Overating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x37985001 Well it has officially started. Our Thanksgiving Luncheon was today at work. I thought I did pretty good until I entered it all... if I had just passed up the Sweet Potato Casserole and the German Chocolate Cake; I would have been fine. I feel like the turkey this afternoon. Stuffed!! <BR> <BR> Sure tasted good going down, but as they say "a minute on the lips, forever on the hips"!!! I forsee tight clothes if I keep this up! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:14:06 EST ABC of living creatures seen while Volksmarching. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x37384902 I say living creatures because reptiles and birds will count as well as animals. <BR> <BR> I will start off with Alligators. <BR> <BR> If I had known how fast they can run I don't think I'd haved walked past them! LOL Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:02:36 EST ABC of Locations Walked http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x36365721 I thought I'd try this game to get some participation going on the team. One person will list a City they haved walked in starting with the letter A. The next person will do a city with B, etc and we will try to get thru the alphabet. <BR> <BR> I will start with Abilene, TX. Anyone walked in a city with the letter B? Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:07:59 EST Hello Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x36259471 My name is Kelli. I am a AVA Life Member. Didn't know there was a team for Volkssporters or I'd have been here sooner. <BR> <BR> I live in Ames, Iowa. There is 1 AVA YRE sponsored by the GDMVA chapter here. I walk it once a week. Now I'm wondering where you all live that you can do an AVA event every day? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:20:50 EST Walking in LA, Name of a song? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x34928714 Hi, I am from Los Angeles and ran across this Spark Team. I have been running but wouldn't mind also joining a walking club. Right now, I am off exercise for another 4.5 weeks until my toe heals from a student stepping on it and breaking it. But then I hope to find out more. <BR> <BR> Nice meeting all of you. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 02:40:58 EST Hello from Colorado! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x34723942 Hi, my name is MaryAnn. <BR> <BR> I did my first Volksmarch a couple years ago. <BR> I really enjoyed it and want to do it again. <BR> <BR> There is one ongoing one where I live and several others within 50 miles. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 20:28:29 EST Blanco Texas Lavender Fest & Women's 5K/10K Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x34666686 Late notice but just found about about this today. <BR> The festival runs Friday -Sunday June 11-13th. <BR> http://www.blancolavenderfest.com/ <BR> <BR> The Texas Lavender Women's 5K & 10K Run is Saturday at 8am. On the Festival Site look under Farm tours then Heron's Nest Herb Farm. Don't know if they still have space but you could check it out here: <BR> http://www.runintexas.com/ <BR> <BR> They are going to have "handsome male servants in Hawaiian shirts" serving water along the route. <... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:04:41 EST Volksmar ching!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x33424077 Used to Volksmarch when I was with my military family around Ramstein, Germany. Hated it at first (of course, I was 14 and hated everything!), then grew to love it. I've got two little ones but they are just now getting old enough to be pulled along in a wagon without complaining too much. Am very much looking forward to getting out and walking with them. So much better than staring at a mini tv screen while walking on a treadmill at the gym. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:37:44 EST New from Washington, the State, that is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x33252319 Hi everyone. Knew there had to be a volksmarching group here at Spark People but hadn't looked for it because I haven't been very active at it for several years... kids keep me too busy. I don't want anyone to think I'm tooting my own horn, but here's my volkssporting history: <BR> <BR> I started volksmarching in December 1982. It took a year to do 10 events then because there were so few clubs. <BR> <BR> Started Four Corners Volkssport Club (1985) when I was in college at Western Washingt... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 21:02:47 EST Hi from Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x33155699 Hi I'm Elaine a realitivly new member to Spark but not to Volksmarching. Have walked in most of the counties of VA. My husband and I often plan our vacations around volksmarching events or seasonals. <BR> We walk almost every Saturday. This weekend will be in Williamsburg. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 13:49:50 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x33153511 i jus joined this group 2day. printed up places 2 walk, etc... i have not done any events yet.... waitin 4 emails 2 come trough that tells me how this works, how 2 get started; etc..... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 12:11:33 EST Attending AVA Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x32375347 Who besides me plan on going up to Iowa in 2011? Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:19:59 EST Brand New Volkksmarchers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x32185952 Hi, my boyfriend Tom and I have joined the Texas Wanderers and plan to walk, walk, walk to get back and stay in shape. Now, I just got to get a GPS so I can find all these places to walk. ha ha. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:50:31 EST Arizona Walks for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x30500019 <BR> I just received this list via e-mail and thought I would pass it along. <BR> <BR> Upcoming Volkssport Events in Arizona: <BR> Jan 2 - Sierra Vista (TMT) --- New Year Event <BR> Jan 23 - Tucson Mountain Park (TVWK) <BR> Feb 6 - Benson (TMT) -- Start 09:00 AM --- Group YRE Walk <BR> Feb 13 – Buckeye (SSS) <BR> Feb 13 - Tucson area YRE group walk (TVWK) <BR> Feb 20 - Ft. Huachuca (TMT) --- new AVA stamp <BR> Mar 6 - San Pedro (TMT) -- Start 09:00 AM --- Group YRE Walk <BR> Mar 13 - Patago... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 15:20:19 EST NEW MEMBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x29748296 Hello there I just joined the Volksmarching team. My name is Pat. when I started loseing weight I was at 210 and as of this morning I am at 153. I want to get down to 140 by the first of 2010. Sun, 15 Nov 2009 06:41:56 EST West Texas Hiking Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x27631920 I just made my motel reservations for Canyon, TX for the three days of hiking in Palo Duro Canyon in October. If you are up for the challenge, I'll see you there. <BR> <link>http;//www.ava.org/clubs/wttw </link> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:08:21 EST VOLKSWALK CONVENTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x26316146 NATIONAL WALKING - VOLKSSPORTING CONVENTION June 22-26, 2009 in Richardson, Texas at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel: <BR> Whether you pre-registered for the Volkssport National convention or not, you can still participate in the walks and seminars. <BR> <BR> Registration is Monday - Friday June 22-26 for walks and seminars. And to make it easy for you, you can register at once for 4 of the convention walks... and get all 4 walk directions... then come back one time to get your ... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:23:14 EST Favorite Brand of Shoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x24979046 I have a wide foot and the local stores don't carry "wide" so I order my footwear online. I wear New Balance 621 which is a cross trainer I think. Here is their website <link>www.nbwebexpress.com/?s1=dbm&s2=swsT<BR>XT1&s3=042309h </link> <BR> <BR> What does everyone else wear? Do you wear different shoes for different walking areas. I do wear hiking boots when I am doing the trails at Big Bend National Park, and similar locations. <BR> <BR> Eveline Thu, 23 Apr 2009 21:15:54 EST I found you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x22709956 My buddy Jack and I trained to walk in the SA marathon about 6 years ago. When it was over, we still wanted some kind of organized walks. I hit the Internet and found the AVA. Since then I have walked in many Volksmarches in the San Antonio area. My youngest son, Jared, ended up being my most frequent partner. I would have to go to the van and look at our books to see how many we have done, but it has been a while. I want to start up again. My favorite one is the Christmas walk in Boerne, but... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 16:08:12 EST What do you eat for breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x21878197 Not much chatter going on here. I am hoping to get some participation on this team! <BR> <BR> They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what are y'all eating? <BR> <BR> I set a bad example, I drink a can of Slimfast and take a handful of vitamins on my way out the door in the morning. <BR> <BR> How about y'all? <BR> Eveline Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:46:38 EST Idita-Walk 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x21374616 Not sure whether any of you have done the Idita-Walk program but it is another great way to get motivated and put in some extra time each day. I won't explain here but will let you check out the website and decided for yourself. This will be my 5th year and the proceeds go to a great organization. Have fun and if you join we can keep in touch on this message thread. <BR> Mike <BR> <link>www.idita-walk.com/ </link> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 08:32:15 EST Hi! I am a new member and a new Volksmarcher. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x18683471 Hello to all here! <BR> <BR> I am Deb and I am a new member as well as a new Volksmarcher. I live in Anderson, Indiana and I am in the process of joining the White River Ramblers, who are one of the 16 Volksmarching clubs here in Indiana. The Ramblers are from Muncie, Indiana which is the closest town to Anderson. I started walking to get fit about 2 months ago. I look forward to getting to know others here as well. <BR> <BR> Deb Sun, 21 Sep 2008 21:58:51 EST SparkPage Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x17136358 We're happy to announce the launch of two often-requested enhancements to the SparkPage photo gallery. <BR> <BR> 1) You can now add up to 50 photos to your gallery, up from 25. <BR> <BR> 2) You can now also change the order of your photos. Go to Edit SparkPage, the click Edit My Photo Gallery. You can then put your mouse on any photo to move it around the page, and click Save at the bottom left when you are finished. <BR> <BR> We hope these changes make SparkPages an even more helpful w... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:39:26 EST How can we improve the team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x16352480 I'm asking for some feedback here. On the spark leader team, someone asked a similar question. <BR> What makes you like your team and want to participate? <BR> <BR> Also what turns you off about a team? We want this to be your team, by you...for you...about you. <BR> <BR> I like teams that are welcoming and friendly (people respond to your posts). <BR> <BR> I don't like teams that have too many rules about where or what you can post. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to start a new thread, ple... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 14:13:30 EST Dangerous Food Additives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x15519716 <link>health.msn.com/nutrition/slideshow.a<BR>spx?cp-documentid=100204508&imageindex=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Check this out. <BR> Walksfar Wed, 4 Jun 2008 13:43:29 EST I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x15493609 I've been on spark for a year and have been in volks sport since Sept of 2006. I went on an extended backpack with a friend and had a knee injury. i didn't want to loose the fitness level I'd gained, and Volkssport was the perfect incentive to get out and walk. I look forward to getting to know you all. <em>206</em> Tue, 3 Jun 2008 17:57:25 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x15485429 It is Tuesday at Lunch. I'm just checking in. Hope everyone is having a great day. Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:09:42 EST Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x14580561 Spark has launched a new feature... Team Goals <BR> <BR> Team Leaders have the opportunity to set up to five goals for the team. You can choose to participate in the team goal by clicking the join button to the right. <BR> <BR> Once you join that goal it will automatically be placed in your "Other Goals" for tracking and the button will become "Track Goals", which when you click it... takes you to your page for tracking. <BR> <BR> If you click the goal name link you will see the members... Fri, 2 May 2008 12:50:01 EST My first Volksmarch today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x14394249 My family went on our first Volksmarch today -- it was great!! <BR> <BR> We're members of the Asheville Amblers in NC. The walk today was at Cowpens Battlefield in SC. I only walked the 5K portion around the Nature Trail, but next Saturday hubby and I are going to go back and walk the Battleground loop (also 5K). <BR> <BR> This was my first 5K. Last year I couldn't hardly walk at all, so today was a huge victory for me!! Last year, I weighed more than 400 pounds and couldn't take more than... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 17:23:58 EST April 13th - April 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x13999044 I am going to drop back to my original plan of 420 Minutes a the Week. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of however many minutes will be your goal on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. Post once and come back and edit each time you have something to enter. <BR> <BR> Balance: 420 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: Walking - 50 Min <BR> <BR> Monday: Calisentics - 15 Min, Step Class - 45 Min <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Calisentics - 20 Min <BR> <B... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 21:29:46 EST April 6 - April 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x13741422 I am going to stick with 520 Minutes for the Week. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of however many minutes will be your goal on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. Post once and come back and edit each time you have something to enter. <BR> <BR> Balance: 520 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: Gardening - 120 Min <BR> <BR> Monday: Lunch Walk - 45 Min <BR> Jazzercise - 45 Min <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Work is interfering with my exercise!! <BR>... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 22:57:47 EST Chucking High Fructose Corn Syrup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x13703416 Did anyone note the nutrition article on HFCS? I was surpised to hear that it is handled differently by the body and does not signal your body that you are full. I guess that explains why I still feel like I'm starving after I've eat my Yoplait Yogurt for lunch. The second ingredient on the list is HFCS!! Who knew. I'm going to do a search of my pantry/fridge etc and see where else this stuff is lurking. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2008 13:40:33 EST March 31 - April 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x13556781 My Goal is 520 Minutes for the Week. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of however many minutes will be your goal on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. Post once and come back and edit each time you have something to enter. <BR> <BR> Balance: 520 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: 180 Min - Mowing and Weeding <BR> 40 Min - 2 miles at Baylor <BR> <BR> Monday: 45 Min - Lunch Walk <BR> 45 Min - Step Class <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 45 Min - Lunch W... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:29:28 EST Walk review http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x13356010 We went up to Waxahachie to do the YRE on saturday. It was great weather. We got to the start at the Roger's Hotel and they couldn't find the walk box. We went ahead and walked (as well as we could remember the route). We tried calling the POC but got a message machine. I emailed the POC when we got home and asked if she could send us three stamped insert cards when she located the box. Turns out they are making a movie in Waxahachie and the start is part of the set. So the box was rem... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 10:02:13 EST March 23 - March 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x13326688 My Goal is 520 Minutes for the Week. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of however many minutes will be your goal on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. Post once and come back and edit each time you have something to enter. <BR> <BR> Balance: 520 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: 20 Min - Vacuuming <BR> <BR> Monday: 45 Min - Walking at Lunch <BR> 45 Min - Step Aerobics class <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 45 Min - Walking at Lunch <BR> <BR> Wednes... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 17:56:38 EST March 16 - March 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x13146492 My Goal is 420 Minutes for the Week. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of however many minutes will be your goal on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. Post once and come back and edit each time you have something to enter. <BR> <BR> Balance: 420 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: Morning Walk - 45 Min <BR> Mowing Part of the Yard - 30 Min <BR> Group Walk at Baylor - 35 Min <BR> <BR> Monday: Lunch Walk - 45 Min <BR> Jazzercise - 45 Min <BR... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:04:07 EST March 9 - March 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x12953554 My Goal is 420 Minutes for the Week. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of however many minutes will be your goal on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. Post once and come back and edit each time you have something to enter. <BR> <BR> Balance: 420 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: Walking - 45 Min <BR> <BR> Monday: Jazzercise Step Class - 45 Min <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Walking - 45 Min <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Walking - 45 Min <BR> <BR> Thursd... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 20:15:31 EST March 2 - March 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4313x1755x12831416 The goal is to work out 7 hours a week, or an hour a day. Anything that gets you moving counts -- mowing the yard, vacuuming, etc. <BR> <BR> Just check in whenever you have something to report. Start with a balance of 420 minutes on Sunday and aim to get to zero by Saturday. <BR> <BR> Here's my first post: <BR> <BR> Balance: 420 minutes <BR> <BR> Sunday: Mowed w/push mower - 90 Min <BR> <BR> Monday: jazzercise Step Class - 45 Min <BR> Monday: Short Walk - 10 Min <BR> <BR> Tuesday... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 16:06:41 EST Share your ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x12649074 All right, y'all. I need your help. What can we do to make this team more active? What would you like to see? This is your team - help make it what you want it to be. Wed, 27 Feb 2008 12:02:12 EST Hello from NC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x12277830 I just learned about Volksmarch today, and I'm really excited! Our church is putting together a group to go to an event in SC in April. <BR> <BR> There are lots of YRE in our area of NC, and several special events each year. My husband and I are really looking forward to getting involved! And, now I finally have a great motivator for fitness! I'm going to work towards that event in April with my goal being to finish the walk! I don't care how long it takes me....it's just important to finish... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 13:30:58 EST Team Map http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x12252637 It would be great to know where everyone is from. You can go to your team options and tell it you want to be on the team map. <BR> <BR> Eveline Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:14:43 EST Favorite Volksmarch in your home state. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x12247025 I know it is hard to choose your biggest Volksmarch adventure so I thought I'd narrow it down to our home state. I live in Texas and we have some really great places to walk: Big Bend, Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock Canyon, the list goes on and on. But my biggest adventure was back in 2004 when we climbed Guadalupe Peak. Guadalupe is the tallest peak in Texas. There is a monument on top the peak and there is a record book there where you can enter your name to prove you climbed the peak. Thi... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:02:36 EST Hello from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x12131701 I saw your welcome to another poster, Walksfar, and clicked on your AVA link. I am proud to say that I joined a Colorado team called the FALCON WANDERERS and walked my first ever 5K today. <BR> <BR> It has been one of my 101/1001 goals for over a year and there "just happened" to be a group walk in a town close by, today. So, even though I hadn't trained for it, I walked the entire 5K route today. It was a pleasant walk and so much nicer then trying to "race". My dog accompanied me and so di... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 21:27:36 EST SparkAmerica Monthly Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x10800038 Sparkpeople has added a new feature where they are tracking the fitness minutes for the year 2008. They have set a goal and they want us all to log our fitness minutes to help them meet their SparkAmerica goal. <BR> <BR> I have set a personal goal of 6,240 minutes of volksmarching for 2008. How about the rest of this team joining in on the fitness challenge! <BR> <BR> Eveline Sat, 29 Dec 2007 10:05:58 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x10119306 I'm still new to SparkPeople. Just last Saturday enjoyed my very first Volksmarch (a 10K) in East Texas. Today I did a YRE in Irving with a friend that I've been walking with, and we completed the 10K route. We both enjoyed the beautiful weather and hopefully walked off a few Thanksgiving calories - ahead of time! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> I am joining the AVA a local club this week - this is so much FUN!! <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:09:35 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x9230143 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and have been doing AVA walks for about 3 years. I now live in Memphis, TN area and there is not a local club here but when I lived in the New Orleans area I belonged to the local club. There were two YREs there and one scheduled event there. Before the hurricane I also did the walks on the MS Gulf Coast, where I was born and raised. <BR> <BR> I've been in the Memphis, TN area since September 2005 and when I first got here the closest walk was about 3.5... Mon, 1 Oct 2007 08:35:48 EST introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1755x8711915 Hi! My name is Jenny and I am restarting spark. I am a beginning volksmarcher. I have done 2 5K events and I'm ready to do more. I'd really like to get to places I've never been and walk them. I just LOVE new places. So I'd like to join your team and I hope you can help me stay excited about being healthy. Wed, 5 Sep 2007 10:38:56 EST Volksmarching Special Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x7893940 Did you know the AVA has special programs you can participate in. <BR> <BR> I have completed the College Degree program where you do 20 events on a college campus. That was a lot of fun. Most college campuses are great places to walk. <BR> <BR> Right now I am working on the RiverWalk program. You have to walk along or cross a river (creeks, bayous, etc don't count). So far I have walked along 12 rivers. You can count the same river more than once if it is a different event, but I want ... Wed, 25 Jul 2007 10:25:38 EST My volksmarching vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x7625501 Most of the vacation was a mix of 10k walking events and being a tourist. We did do two events that I think qualify as day hikes. We climbed Monroe Ridge at Gold Discovery State Park (Placerville, Ca) and Mt. Livermore on Angel Island State Park (San Francisco Bay). <BR> <BR> If you have time to, drop by and look at my online vaction photos. Just click on the red name of the photo album you want to view. <BR> <BR> http://www.walktx.org/2007 <BR> <BR> Eveline Wed, 11 Jul 2007 17:24:37 EST Volksmarched today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x6114834 Today I did a 10K walk with my 2 year old. It was in Chittenango, NY. Chittenango is the birthplace of the author of the Wizard of Oz. The walk took us to some Erie Canal ruins. We walked the towpath, passed an aqueduct. Passed through a park that was holding a fishing derby, then through the village. The village has yellow sidewalks......yellow brick road. <BR> <BR> Here are some of my pictures from today. <BR> <BR> http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/B<BR>unnyMom88/Chittenango/?act... Sat, 21 Apr 2007 18:12:19 EST How often do you Volksmarch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x5823675 I'm a walkaholic. I do an event almost every weekend. I will miss this weekend because I have to go see my baby on her 30th birthday... <BR> <BR> I'll make up for it when I go on Vacation. 10 Days with a walk scheduled for every day. <BR> <BR> Last year I walked 60 events. <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear from the rest of the team. Do you have a goal to walk a certain number of events a month? <BR> <BR> Eveline Thu, 5 Apr 2007 21:31:49 EST Plans for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x3807927 We are going down to Georgetown (TX) to do a walk at at winery/vinyard this weekend. Weather is supposed to be dry and in the 70s. I'm going to take my dog along. <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are getting in some walking too. <BR> <BR> Eveline Fri, 17 Nov 2006 18:59:28 EST 10 things you won't guess... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x3235568 I'm copying this idea from another team I'm on. I thought that it would be fun to do it here to get to know everyone a bit better. <BR> <BR> Post 10 things about yourself that you wouldn't find in your profile. It can be anything you feel comfortable sharing. I looking forward to what everyone will say. <BR> <BR> Here is mine: <BR> 1. I design and host web pages for walking clubs in Texas <BR> <BR> 2. I finished 2nd in my class in high school. I’ve only stayed in contact with one high ... Fri, 8 Sep 2006 10:05:12 EST Welcome new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x3221258 Hi, I see we have a new member. But there isn't a profile to read. Hope you will post a message and introduce yourself. We want to be friends. <BR> <BR> Eveline Wed, 6 Sep 2006 13:18:27 EST Event pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x2976002 I created a webpage from the event I just did. If you would like to visit it, it is at: <BR> http://walktx.topcities.com/ArborHills/i<BR>ndex.html <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Jul 2006 21:55:37 EST Volksmarching Explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1755x2885286 Volksmarch - an organized walking event that is non-competitive. If you complete the 10K you are a winner. They are normally on a Saturday or Sunday morning, however we have what is called YEAR ROUND EVENTS (YREs). <BR> <BR> YREs are different in that we have a host location such as a hotel or a convenience store that holds our "walk box". The YREs are listed in a book called "Starting Point". You select a walk from the listing, go to the location given, ask for the walk box, fill out the w... Tue, 27 Jun 2006 12:18:12 EST