NW Tulip Trekkers: an American Volkssport Association (AVA) Walking Club
What is Volkssporting?
Volkssporting translates as “sport of the people.” Volkssports are organized, non-competitive events designed to appeal to people of all ages. 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.
AVA Walking Club Events
There are two categories of events, a Traditional Event which is hosted for usually one day or weekend with a set start/finish time, and a Year Round Walk (YRW) or Seasonal Walk that may be open daily, January through December. A Seasonal event is like a Year-Round walk, but is open less than a full calendar year. An AVA event is usually a walk, bike, swim, or cross-country ski through a scenic and/or historic area over a predetermined route. The NW Tulip Trekkers have only sanctioned walking events. All AVA events are open to the public.