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Participants can now enjoy Fun, Fitness, and Fellowship in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Mission Statement: Promote and organize noncompetitive fitness activities that encourage lifelong fun, fitness and friendship for all ages and abilities.

Vision Statement: Increasingly engage Americans in lifelong walking and other noncompetitive physical fitness activities.

Values Statement: 1) Health and Safety 2) Volunteering and Public Service 3) Non-Competitive and Inclusive 4) Adventure and Camaraderie 5) Environmental Stewardship 6) Transparency and Accountability.

A new Walking/Bike Club comes to the Mon Valley where new members can join and walk, bike, and swim, ski, and snowshoe or roller skate around the world to gain awards, pins and patches to show your success.

The Mon Valley Trailblazers, sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association, plan to become involved with Year Round Events, Traditional Events, and Special Events that will include Veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Monongahela Hospital Bariatrics Department.

The Mon Valley Trailblazers Club is a group of men, children and women who identify the need for maintaining a healthy community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Mon Valley Trailblazers Club, please contact Mon Valley Trailblazers at 724-858-5965 or click CONTACT US

Volkssporting began in Pennsylvania with the founding of the first walking club in 1981. There are now a number of clubs in most regions of the state, now including the Southwest Pennsylvania areas. The Keystone State Volkssport Association (KSVA) is the state representative to the American Volkssport Association. Pennsylvania abounds in parks and forest preserves where one can enjoy the beauty and serenity joined with fun, fitness, and friendship.

The term Volkssport – literally “folk” sport – means sport of the people. It is an organized event for the general public. It is not a contest. Participants go at their own pace. There are five types of events (walk, bike, swim, skiing and snowshoeing or roller skating). The most popular type being: Volksmarches – organized walks or hikes, normally 5 to 10 kilometers (3.1 to 6.2 miles). Participants may walk, jog or run. Each persona finishing is a winner. Some walks are held in cities and can be accomplished by persons in wheelchairs, or by families with small children in wagons or strollers. Others are more challenging and are planned over natural trails in parks and woods. Some have steep hills and very uneven ground, and a few may even require ropes and other assists. Event brochures provide descriptions of the trail, difficulty, location, and date and time of the event.

Volkssporting is International. It all began in southern Germany in the early 1960’s with public running races (volkslauf). These events became so popular that, in 1968, the Internationaler Volkssportverband (IVV) was founded by West Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria. Other countries have joined, with many more showing interest. Future volksmarchers may be able to walk around the world one day!

Volkssporting in the United States started in Fredericksburg, Texas in 1976. The American Volkssport Association (AVA) was formally organized and officially recognized by the IVV as a member country in June, 1979. The AVA has a little over 300 clubs. We put on hundreds of events each year, promoting the benefits of physical exercise for everyone. The primary purpose of volkssporting is exercise that anyone can enjoy with companionship and souvenir awards as an added bonus. By visiting the AVA web site at http://www.ava.org one can find all the club listings as well as all events and locations that are scheduled for the year.