Thank you for your interest in our Club and Volkssporting in the United States. I hope that this website will provide information that will get you interested in the sport that is ideally suited for families, groups, or individuals to enjoy walking, biking, swimming, XCski, and snowshoe events for Fun, Fitness, and Friendship. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sanctioned under the American Volkssport Association (AVA).
The American Volkssport Association (AVA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting regular physical fitness activity for Americans as an essential component of overall good health.
✓ AVA is America’s premier noncompetitive sports organization and administers the nation’s largest noncompetitive sports program from its national headquarters in Universal City, Texas.
✓ Since its inaugural U.S. event in 1976, AVA now boasts of more than 250 chartered sports clubs nationwide, whose activities are monitored by ten Regional Directors who are elected by the clubs in their region.
✓ The volkssporting movement began in Germany in 1968 – now in more than 40 countries worldwide
The Mon Valley Trailblazers is a Walking Club in the Mon Valley/Pittsburgh area. We are one of approximately 300 clubs in the U.S. that supports over 1800 self-guided walks. These walks are called volksmarches, or literally people walks. All walks are at least 10K (6.2 miles) and most walks offer a shorter option of 5K (3.1 miles). All the walks are non-competitive. The goal is to provide an opportunity to get out and walk not only for Fun, Fitness and Friendship, but also to walk in many new and exciting area near home or across the U.S. or the world. You walk at your own pace and can stop to look at scenery, take pictures, visit museums or shops, have a picnic, or rest wherever you feel like it. Walks are held in cities, towns, and in parks to provide a variety of walking opportunities to satisfy all walkers.
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