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 (AVA #193)



1983 -2017

34 years



Southern Maine Volkssport Association sponsors non-competitive, self-paced walks.

We are a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the

International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV).

Fun – Fitness - Friendship

We are Walking Maine 2017





In memorial


Carrol Tiernan



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    Southern Maine Volkssport Association invites members and friends to our

                     Annual Image result for potluck Holiday Celebration.

             Bring a friend or two and enjoy:

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.  This year, please bring either something to go with soup (cheese, crackers, dips, bread, etc)

or bring a dessert (cookies, fruit, chocolates, etc).  Recipes are always welcome!

DATE:  Wednesday, December 13                    

TIME:  6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Latecomers welcome!  Enjoy soup and dessert followed by fun and the Yankee Swap.  If you would like to participate, please bring a gift in the $5 to $10 range.

PLACE:  Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, ME            (Conference Room A, next to the office. Use the main entrance into the building. Look for signs overhead for Conference Room A, which is down a hallway and next to the Office)

For more information, please contact: 

Sondra Taylor at or (207) 856-6464

Denise Macaronas at or (207) 774-3415 ____________________________________________________________________________

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Start the New Year off on the right foot (left foot too!)  SMVA’s annual group walk in Portland will start from Hannafords, 295 Forest Ave.  The walk will start at 10:00 am with a choice of a 5K or 10K route.  Besides Fun, Friendship and Fitness, this walk usually includes Food too! All are welcome to join in the fun. Pre-registration not required.  Paid SMVA members pay only $2 for credit walks.  FMI, please contact POC Sondra Taylor at or leave a message at (207) 856-6464


FMI:  Denise at 207-774-3415 or



Sponsored by So. ME Volkssport Association


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Northeast Region AVA Calendar of Events

Walk N’ Eat schedule

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History of SMVA:


In the fall of 1983, four faculty members from Westbrook High School formed a volkssport club and sought membership in the American Volkssport Association.  That was the beginning of the Southern Maine Volkssport Association.  Plans were immediately set forth to hold their first walk in the spring of 1984.

In the early years, SMVA had the distinction of hosting a single event with the most walkers - 3500 walkers for the Eastern Prom/Peaks Island walk.  SMVA was also honored with having one of the top ten walks in the United States - the Lighthouse Walk in South Portland in 1996.  That walk still exists today and is enjoyed by many new walkers as well as repeat walkers.



Walk, talk, laugh, eat...the possibilities for fun are endless! 

For more information, please contact SMVA at P.O. Box 722, Westbrook, ME  04098, or check our website




Our Mission

Volkssport events are organized to entice people of every age and all levels of athletic prowess to exercise outdoors at their own pace. ("Volkssport" is intended to mean "sport of the people".)  These non-competitive events may be walks, bikes, swims, or cross-country skis.  Most popular, however, are the walks - usually 10 or 5 kilometers on a well-marked trail with directions and a map to get you back where you started.

Walks are designed to include historic sites, scenic vistas, downtown areas, woodland trails, parks, or other points of interest.  Each walk is free.  However, those wishing to pay a $3.00 registration fee can participate in an international organization's achievement award program, which may provide some additional incentive for reluctant walkers to get out and exercise.  For an additional fee, those who finish may take home a small memento of their accomplishment.

In addition to exercise, these events provide a family-oriented social environment in which participants share the spirit of walking - meeting friends, walking scenic trails, and improving mental, as well as physical health, with a natural, accessible, low-stress activity.



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Acting President:  Denise Marcaronas

Vice-President: Ken Jackson

Secretary:  Sondra Taylor

Treasurer:   Sondra Taylor

Webmaster: Don Bolin

Contact Information

Telephone: 207-632-3978


Postal address:

Southern Maine Volkssport Association

P. O. Box 722

Westbrook, Maine 04098-0722


Electronic mail

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Images courtesy of Wendy Bumgardner, Walking Guide
Designs and photos by Wendy Bumgardner

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