Upcoming Club Walks

Saturday, January 5, Birch Bay.
YR 2417 - Distance: 5/7.5/10 km Rated 1 B. Register by 9:45 Walk @ 10:00 am. Host Barry Lee. Start: Birch Bay State Park . Park on the right just inside the park gate, registration at 9:45 am, walk starts at 10 am. There was a lot of damage done during the recent wind storm so watch for updated information in regular email. Directions to Start: I-5 Exit 266. From I-5 drive west on Grandview Rd.(SR 548) for approximately 7.8 miles. Right on Pt. Whitehorn Rd.

Wednesday, January 9. Mount Vernon, Park and College Walk.
Event ID: 110209 2018/Y2248
Distance - Trail Ratings: 10 K - 1A
Register by 10:45 for Walk @ 11:00am
We will have a club meeting at 9:30 before the walk. Walk at 11 AM. Start: Haggen Market, 2601 E. Division St., Mount Vernon. Directions to Start: I-5 Exit 225. From South turn right, from North, turn left on Anderson Road. Go straight through round-about. Anderson Road will curve and become Laventure Road. Right on E. Division Street. Haggen is on the left after first stop light.

Saturday, January 19, Bellingham, Cordata Walk.
Event ID: 109201 2018/Y1713
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5/10 k - 1A . Register by 9:45 Walk @ 10:00 am.
Host Tamara Belts. Start: Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham. Meet at Pavilion, registration at 9:45am, walk starts at 10am. Lunch after for those interested. Directions to Start: Driving I-5 southbound take exit 258, Bakerview exit, left over I-5, left on Eliza Ave. to parking lot at Whatcom Community College.

Saturday, January 26, Coupeville Historic Town & Country Walk.
Event ID: 109692 2018/Y1548. Register by 9:45 Walk @ 10:00 am.
Distance - Trail Ratings: Distance 6/11/K Rated - 2A
Hosts Bob and Sue Payton. Start: Coupeville Library parking lot. 788 NW Alexander St, Coupeville. Directions to Start: Follow SR 20 to traffic light in Coupeville. From North, turn left, from South turn right at the stop light onto Main Street. Left on Coveland, Left on Alexander then Right into parking lot by library.

Wednesday, February 6. Burlington Downtown & Skagit River Walk.
Host Tim and Cheryl Fisher. Start: Skagit River Park, 1100 S Skagit St, Burlington. Directions to Start :I-5, Exit 229 Left from I-5 South, Right from I-5 North, At George Hopper Roads intersection with S. Burlington Blvd, turn Left, Heading north follow S. Burlington Blvd to intersection with Pease Road. Turn Right onto Pease Road. Follow Pease Road across railroad tracks continue through sharp left curve, Pease Road becomes Anacortes Street. Turn Right onto Gilkey Road. At stop sign turn Right into Skagit River Parks main entrance. We'll meet by the restrooms. Register by 9:45 Walk @ 10:00 am.

Saturday, February 9. Bellingham Marina.
Host Margaret Quick and Tom Stabile. Start: Haggens Food and Pharmacy, 2814 Meridian St., Bellingham, registration at 9:45, walk starts at 10 am. Directions to Start: From I-5 North, take exit 256, Bellis Fair and turn left onto Meridian to start point. From I-5 South, take exit 256 and turn right on Meridian to store.

Wednesday, February 13. Ferndale.
Host Barry Lee. Start: Haggens Food and Pharmacy, 1815 Main Street, Ferndale, registration at 9:45, walk starts at 10 am. Directions to Start: From north or south I-5, Exit 262 Ferndale, Right on Main St. Left on La Bounty Dr. (signal) Haggen is on your right.


What is Volkssporting?

Volkssporting literally translates as "sport of the people." Volkssports are organized, non-competitive events designed to appeal to people of all ages. They are not tests of speed or endurance, but exercise at your own pace. Volkssporting is organized to promote physical fitness and wholesome recreation in a safe environment. It is designed for all age levels and people with varying levels of physical abilities. The volkssporting philosophy simply recognizes that everyone cannot and should not attempt to exercise in timed or competitive events where awards are based on order of finish. Volkssporting offers a great escape for people from the pressures and hassles of everyday life and it provides an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. Since events are non-competitive, participants travel at their own pace, thus making this an excellent outdoor recreational activity for the entire family.

Volkssporting Events

There are two categories of volkssporting events, a Traditional Event which is hosted for usually one day or weekend with a set start/finish time, and a Year Round (YRE) or Seasonal Event that may be open daily, January through December. A Season event is like a Year-Round event, but is open less than a full calendar year. A volkssporting event is usually a walk (volksmarch), bike (volksbike), swim (volksswim), or cross-country ski (volksski or skiwandering) through a scenic and/or historic area over a predetermined route. All volkssport events are open to the public. Participation is usually free, if no award or credit is desired. Participants may choose to purchase if offered (usually $5-7) an attractive award that commemorates completion of the event. The event award is usually a patch or medallion depicting the theme, location, or honoree of the event.

About Our Club

The NW Tulip Trekkers is an outdoor walking club based in the coastal counties between Seattle and Canada. We promote recreational walking for all ages, through scheduled group walks, AVA-sanctioned volkswalks, a monthly newsletter and occasional meetings. This walker's network provides information about local and out-of-town AVA-sanctioned and non-sanctioned events. The Trekkers Club is designed for the AVA-member walkers and for individuals who just want to walk for the fun and fitness. 

Club Officers:
President: Tim Fisher: 425-626-0492, gotdisc7@gmail.com 
Vice President: Barry Lee, drblee3@gmail.com 
Treasurer: Barbara Lynn, johnandbarb44@hotmail.com 
Secretary: Margaret Quick, mquick6465@gmail.com 
Trailmasters: Tom Stabile, tandmwa@frontier.com 
      Sue Payton, wishome@yahoo.com 
Newsletter Editor: Tamara Belts, sisa98225@gmail.com 

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