Southern Maine Volkssport Association sponsors non-competitive, self-paced walks.
We are a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the
Fun – Fitness - Friendship
FMI: Denise at 207-774-3415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by So. ME Volkssport Association
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,
email@example.com or check our website www.smva.mysite.com
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.
Acting President: Denise Marcaronas
Vice-President: Ken Jackson
Secretary: Sondra Taylor
Treasurer: Sondra Taylor
Webmaster: Don Bolin
Southern Maine Volkssport Association
P. O. Box 722
Westbrook, Maine 04098-0722
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