#OptOutside

 

Everyone knows Black Friday is America’s biggest shopping day. Last year REI Outdoor Store started a movement called “#optoutside.” They closed their stores nationwide, paid all their employees for the day and asked everyone to spend it doing something outdoors with family and friends. This year I am asking you to join with our Program Committee’s efforts in spreading this message through the AVA nation. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce America’s Walking Club to the rest of the United States much as we did for Time to Walk. Our window of opportunity is short, but we can do it.

 

I am sending a “call to action” for clubs to pick a time on Black Friday (Nov 25) to have a group/guided walk at their favorite YRE. Even the smallest club can meet at an YRE and walk. It’s what we do. Once the meeting time is established, email that information to Hector at HQ. He will list all the AVA Black Friday walks on a webpage that can be assessable to all and possibly linked to #optoutside. It will also be posted on all AVA social media. Once the AVA post is started, you can help by liking and “sharing” it with everyone.

 

Why should we do this? Is it a failure if no new people come?

 

This will be the first attempt to partner with other organizations as a walking community. If only 50% of clubs participate that is over 100 events listed in one place under AVA, America’s Walking Club. If we are to get organizations to take notice of us, we must present AVA as a whole. Think of AVA as the heart. The heart needs all the arteries working in order to keep the body alive. The clubs are the arteries. This is a beginning, a springboard to have clubs join forces. If we all work together these kinds of programs could eventually bring in new walkers. This program can be repeated for National Trails day with the Rails to Trails organization. If only one new walker comes out, that is one more than we had yesterday.

 

Complete instructions are listed below.

 

Dennis Michele

 

AVA President

 

 


 

AVA: America’s Walking club is joining in with REI in their #OptOutside Campaign on Black Friday

 

 Won’t you join us, and help people #OptOutside?

 

We are calling on all clubs to pick their favorite YRE and hold a group/guided walk on Black Friday. Even the smallest of clubs can pick a time and go for a walk! Send an email to hector@ava.org the following information for the AVA website and maybe some Social Media posts:

 

Date & Time: Start Point:

Location:

Point of Contact with email address:

Comment:

Name of Event, with City & State, so that we can include a link to the Event page, or a link to the AVA event page.

 

How you can help spread the word, include #OptOutside #stayhealthywithAVA #walkwithAVA on your Facebook posts about past AVA walks, and on upcoming AVA walks that you will be going to. Post more frequently about your walking adventures. There are people who have done IVV/AVA walks in the past that don’t realize that they can do them here in the USA.

 

Let’s all work together, to help spread the word, between now and Thanksgiving!

 


 

 

Joining Clubs/Walks

 

 

Walk
Hershey Walkfest Candy Lane Trail

Details
This is the 29th year that the Susquehanna Rovers have sponsored the Hershey Walkfest. One of Lorraine’s traditions is to do the Candy Lane Trail late so that she can see all of the Christmas lights at Hershey Park. Seeing the lights begins the holiday season for her. It is not going to happen this year.

The Rovers have asked me to help publicize the following: “ We had to alter the Candy Lane walk due to major construction on Park Blvd. and the closed bridge at the zoo on Park Avenue (Rte. 743). Due to these obstacles, we had to shorten the start time for the Candy Lane walk from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm with a 5:00 pm finish so that everyone is finished before dark. We are so sorry for this inconvenience, but we are unable to offer a safe night walk. “

The start times that are in the brochures that have been distributed is not accurate.

Flyer
Walkfest 2016 Brochure

 


 

Club
Clay Platte Trackers of Kansas City

Details
On Nov 25th we will be doing our year-round Parkville walk starting at 9:00am that morning.

POC
Tom Alyea

 


 

Club
Colorado River Walkers, Austin, Tx

Details
Colorado River Walkers, Austin, Tx. will have a group walk of their Georgetown, Tx. YRE starting from the Visitors Center in Georgetown on the Square, beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m.

FYI: That evening Georgetown will have their program to turn on the Christmas lights around the square at 5:30 p.m.

Link
YRE 1037

 


 

Club
Winston Wanderers

Details
In NC - Winston Wanderers, AVA0284, will hold a Group Walk of their Kernersville, NC - Triad Park Y1816 YRE. Start time is 1:00 pm. This is a long-standing traditional walk for this club.

Outstanding walk feature is the "Carolina Field of Honor" memorial to veterans and all first responders.

Link
YRE 1816

 


 

Walk
Concord, MA: North Bridge Walks

Date/Time
11/25/16 10:00a.m.

Starting Point
Rite Aid Pharmacy, 71 Lowell Road, Concord, MA 01742

Details
The walk route in this historic town includes Minute Man National Historical Park, North Bridge, Emerson House, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and quaint shops in downtown. (10K and 5K routes)

POC
Miriam Boucher

Link
YRE 0223

 


 

Walk
Shelburne Falls, MA: Bridge of Flowers

Date/Time
11/25/16 10:00a.m.

Starting Point
McCusker’s Market
3 State Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Details
Walk through quaint downtown and neighborhoods; see glacial potholes; visit Trolley Museum and view the Bridge of Flowers from the Iron Bridge. (10K and 5K routes)

POC
Jan & Bob Varnon

Link
YRE 1462

 


 

Walk
Fall River, MA: Battleship Cove Walks

Date/Time
11/25/16 10:00a.m.

Starting Point
Battleship Cove Gift Shop, 5 Water Street, Fall River, MA 02721

Details
Walk routes include historic neighborhoods, Lizzie Borden’s house, city parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and traverses boardwalk overlooking Battleship Cove. (10K and 5K routes)

POC
Ann Plichta

Link
YRE 0711

 


 

Walk
Chicago – Hinsdale

Date/Time
Friday November 25 9:30am

Starting Point
9:30am will be the meeting time @ Whole Foods, 500 E Ogden, Hinsdale IL to sign up. We will begin to walk our YRE in Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve beginning @ 10 am.

Details
Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook is a part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. The trail through Fullersburg Woods follows Salt Creek through woods and prairie. In the 1930’s, the Forest Preserve was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. There is a wonderful CCC-built Visitor Center/Nature Center at the beginning of the trail, and a number of CCC-era stone and wood shelters scattered along the way. There are frequent sightings of delightful woodland creatures along the way, and a large variety of migrating and resident birds. The trail leads to Graue Mill and Museum - a working grist mill and a National Historic Landmark. The museum offers the exhibit "Graue Mill and the Road to Freedom" which uses photographs, documents, a computer interactive system and additional displays to illustrate the issue of slavery, the Underground Railroad and the importance of Graue Mill and DuPage County in assisting fugitive slaves to escape to freedom. The 10K trail also passes the Oak Brook Public Library, Butler National Golf Course, and Oak Brook Golf Course, using part of the Salt Creek Greenway Trail before returning to Fullersburg Woods.

POC
Irena Paronis

Link
YRE 1534

 


 

Walk
Sacramento—Midtown to East Sacramento

Date/Time
Friday November 25, Registration begins at 9:00am

Starting Point
CVS Pharmacy, 5039 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento 95819

Details
This walk takes you through the shady streets of East Sacramento to the rose gardens of McKinley Park and into Midtown Sacramento by historic Sutter's Fort established just before the Gold Rush. Unique galleries and shops line the several streets with many gastronomic delights along the way under the majestic old trees for which Sacramento is famous. There is a 6K and an 11K option to walk.

POC
Barbara Nuss, (916) 283-4650

Link
YRE 1873

 


 

Walk
Gateway Milers - Edwardsville, Il

Date/Time
9:45 registration

Starting Point
10:00am step off Edwardsville Library

Details
Edwardsville, IL was recently designated as the best city in the state of Illinois for young families. Our walk will take us past through this beautiful city's St. Louis Street Historic District and on bike friendly walking trails and the watershed conservation area.

POC
Mark Mackey, (314) 749-2475

Link
YRE 0092

 


 

Club
Dallas Trekkers Walking Club

Date/Time
Nov. 25 at 9:45 am

Starting Point
Old Red Courthouse

Details
Downtown 100 S Houston St. Dallas, Tx

POC
Helen Hull

Link
YRE 0085

 


 

Walk
City & State Beautiful Arlington, Viginia highlights

Date/Time
Nov. 25 at 10:00 am

Starting Point
Residence Inn by Marriott
1401 N Adams
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Details
Explore the commercial and governmental neighborhoods of Courthouse and Rosslyn. Pass by the The Iwo Jima Statue and the Netherlands Carillon, and have spectacular views of the major monuments of Washington DC. A loop into Arlington National Cemetery brings you to the major attractions, including the Visitors Center, the Womens Memorial, the Kennedy graves, the Amphitheater (site of the presidential Veterans Day ceremonies), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Arlington House. Explore the residential neighborhoods of Clarendon and Lyon Village.

POC
Regina Overholt

Link
YRE 0190, US FreedomWalk Festival Club, Inc.

 


 

Walk
Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, FL.

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 8:30 am registration
Walk starts at 9:00am.

Starting Point 2100 W French. (386)775-3663. From I-4 W, exit 114; SR 472 W 3.1 miles; US 17-92 S. 1.7 miles; right on West French. 2.0 miles, left to Park. From I-4 E, exit 111B, W on Saxon. 1.3 miles; right on Enterprise one mile; right on US 17-92 two miles; left on West French two miles, left to Park.

Details
The Happy Wanderers (AVA-0717) will participate on Black Friday (25 NOV) by teaming with the Mid-Florida Milers (AVA-0629) and the Florida Volkssporting Association (FVA). So two more clubs, and one State Association.

POC
John McClellan

Link
YRE 0581

 


 

Walk
The Cedar Milers - Dawson Creek, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 9:45 registration
Walk begins at 10:00am.

Starting Point
New Seasons Market at Orenco Station 1453 NE 61st Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Details
A pleasant walk through Hillsboro neighborhoods and through a park with a wonderful combination of trees, trails, underpasses, bridges, and waterways.

POC
Dan Webster, (503) 591-5893

Link
YRE 1182

 


 

Walk
Indy'G' Walkers, Downtown Sights, Indianapolis IN

Date/Time
Nov. 25 10:15 a.m. registration
Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Starting Point
Mo Joe's Coffeehouse, 222 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Details
Celebrate Black Friday by walking off the calories from your Thanksgiving dinner at this guided walk through downtown Indy. This walk will follow the downtown Indy YRE and include Monument Circle, Veterans and War Memorial Plazas, Lockerbie Square, Union Station, Indiana Statehouse, White River State Park, and the beautiful Central Canal There is a 5K and an 11K option to walk.

Event listed on meetup.


POC
Cliff Terry

Link
Indiana Volkssport Association

 


 

Walk
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Kathy's Dairy Mart
10490 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids

Details
We will a few blocks in the neighborhood and then into the Coon Rapids Regional Park for a nice tour of the trails along the Mississippi River.

POC
Rita Holland, (763) 232-9878

Link
YRE 2069

 


 

Walk
Safety Harbor YRE

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 8:45 a.m. Registration
Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Safety Harbor Grill & Bar
997 Main St.

Details
Flyer

POC
Alice

Link
YRE 0661

 


 

Walk
Puyallup Downtown YRE

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Pioneer Park/Puyallup Public Library parking lot.
324 S. Meridian Puyallup, WA

Details
An easy walk through neighborhoods, several city parks, including the new library and pavilion (farmers market open Saturdays, May through October) at Pioneer Park, much iron sculpture artwork in the downtown area, Powerhouse Brewery & Pub, the Meeker Mansion, Karshner Memorial Museum, and the Riverwalk along the Puyallup River.

POC
Carolyn Warhol

Link
YRE 0242

 


 

Walk
The Hawkeye Hikers walk in Davenport, IA

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 2:00 p.m.

Starting Point We will start at Lagomarchino’s (which is the 5k turn around point) 2132 11 St, Davenport, IA . We can then walk to the actual start location, do paperwork, and walk back.

Details
Due to the local Festival of Trees (which is hugely attended) being in the building next to our Box location – we will have an alternate start location.

The 5k or 10 could be walked.


POC
Patricia Brinker

Link
YRE 0925

 


 

Walk
LaFortune YRE

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Tandy YMCA off 51st and Darlington Ave Tulsa,OK.

Details
Wear your club shirts and invite friends and family.

POC
Rhonda Shockey, President TWC

Link
YRE 0973

 


 

Walk
Mercer Island, WA

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 9:30 a.m.

Starting Point
Meet at Walgreens.
7707 SE 27th St Mercer, Island, WA

Details
Lovely walk on Mercer Island through Luther Burbank Park and the Park-on-the-Lid. Walk by historic Roanoke Inn and Keewaydin Club, under I-90 to Calkins Landing and Slater Park.

Event listed in Meetup.


POC
Sharon Moats

Link
YRE 1051

 


 

Walk
Hayden Island

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Red Lion Hotel 909 N Hayden Island Drive, Ptld OR

Details
OptOutside! Come walk with us on Friday, November 25th ("Black Friday"), at 10am. Hayden Island, YRE 0754. Walk along the Columbia River, enjoying great views of the river and Mt Hood. Please come early to register so we can begin walking on time.

The route goes along the Columbia River with great views of the river and Mt Hood. Part of the walk will go into the Janzen Beach Shopping Mall. These walks are rated 1A, easy. Please arrive early to sign in so the walks can start at 10 am. The sign in will be in the lobby area.


POC
Dick Baker

Link
YRE 0754

 


 

Walk
Cornwall Park Friendship Walk

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 9:45 a.m.

Starting Point
Meet at Haggan Food and Pharmacy
2814 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA

Details
OptOutside! Come walk with us on Friday, November 25th ("Black Friday"), at 10am. Hayden Island, YRE 0754. Walk along the Columbia River, enjoying great views of the river and Mt Hood. Please come early to register so we can begin walking on time.

The route goes along the Colubia River with great views of the river and Mt Hood. Part of the walk will go into the Janzen Beach Shopping Mall. These walks are rated 1A, easy. Please arrive early to sign in so the walks can start at 10 am. The sign in will be in the lobby area.


POC
Tom Stabile, 360-966-2346

Link
YRE 1268

 


 

Club
Asheville Amblers

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 12:30 p.m. Registration
Begin 1:00 p.m.

Starting Point
Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesnee, SC

Details
Battlefield has extensive explanations on how the battle was fought and its importance to the success of the Revolutionary War. See movie at Visitor Center and old settlers house. 10 KM adds Nature Trail Loop with Fall colors, migratory birds and world's largest pile of bamboo fishing poles. Only 5 KM suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

POC
Robert Cooper

Link
YRE 1268

 


 

Club
Low Desert Roadrunners, Menifee, CA

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 7:30 a.m.

Starting Point
Menifee Town Center near Living Spaces 30251 Antelope Rd. Menifee.

Details
We will walk around Menifee Lake as a group. This is a private lake. Beautiful 2 1/2 mile lake. We will be walking with a member of the community So don't be late.

POC
Contact Kathy Bundy via www.meetup.com Volkswalking-in-Southern-California-open-to-everyone/events.

Link
YRE 1212

 


 

Walk
Deem Hills Recreation Area, Phoenix, AZ

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 8:30 a.m.
Walk begins at 8:45 a.m.

Starting Point
Safeway Store, 3800 W. Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85310

Details
Please arrive at Safeway at 8:30 a.m. to register--the walk box is near the deli within the store. We will leave at 8:45 for the very short drive to the actual starting point of the walk. There are 5k and 10k options--restrooms at the half way point for the 10k walk. This is a fairly easy hike on natural desert trails.

POC
Loralie Cruz

Link
YRE 0111

 


 

Club
The Rolla Roadrunners

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - Registration 1:45 p.m.
Walk begins at 2:00 p.m.

Starting Point
Casey's
699 W. Elm Street, Lebanon, MO

Details


POC


Link
Facebook Event

 


 

Walk
Sunset Park Year Round Event; Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - Registration 8:30 a.m.
Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Starting Point
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
6560 Surrey Street, Las Vegas,NV 89119

Details
Join the Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers by participating in the YRE Sunset Park walk. An easy walk from the start point gets you to Sunset Park, "the jewel of the Clark County park system"; check our website (lvhrs.org) for more info.

So much more fun that fighting all those crowds!


POC
Al Korejwo or Mary Ptacek

Link
YRE 1280

 


 

Walk
Manteca Year- round walk, Manteca, CA

Date/Time
Nov. 25 -  9:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Athens Burgers
306 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA 95336

Details
This event will be much more enjoyable than any Black Friday doings.

POC
Judy Rosendin

Link
YRE 2024

 


 

Walk
Cornwall Park Friendship walk

Date/Time
Nov. 25 -  9:45 a.m.

Starting Point
Haggen Food and Pharmacy
 2814 Meridian, Open 6 am - 11 pm daily
We'll register in the parking lot near the Meridian & W. Illinois corner.

Details
Northwest Bellingham - 5/10/15 km. Rated 1A. Y1142. Boardwalks, Honoring Our Flag, National Register of Historic Places, Points of Reference, Trekking With the Trees, Volcanoes, Walk the USA - Street by Street*, Walking America's Ports of Call, You'll Never Walk Alone/Womb to Tomb. Walk through residential neighborhoods, B'ham. Vo-Tech college, parks and on trails in northwest Bellingham. Fabulous old homes with a couple of mansions along the way. Restrooms at start/finish and along the way.

POC


Link
Meetup

 


 

Walk
#optoutdoors on Black Friday 5K

Date/Time
Nov. 25 -  10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Pioneer Park/Puyallup Public Library parking lot

Details
Need to walk some of that turkey off? Want to breathe some of that outdoor air? Come join us for a walk in downtown Puyallup. We will meet at Pioneer Park/Puyallup Public Library parking lot. Come a little early so that we can start walking at 10 am. This will be Year-Round Volksmarch #242 and is rated 1A for flat, easy walking.

POC


Link
YRE 0242, Meetup

 


 

Walk
Opt outside and ride!

Date/Time
Nov. 25 -  9:30-10:30 a.m.

Starting Point
Southside Lion's Park Pavilion #2
4000 Pecan Valley Drive, San Antonio, TX 78210

Details
This is offered as an "opt-outside" event to fight the tryptophan and the wild shopping crowds and also help me chalk-mark the route for the following day's event (yes - you can get credit both days!).

POC
Clay Baulch, (210) 204-9301

Link
Event ID 107512

 


 

Walk
Bethlehem South YRE
Liberty Bell Wanderers

Date/Time
Nov. 26 - 10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Comfort Suites - University

Details


POC
Gayle Hendricks, (484) 809-0293

Link
YRE 0667

 


 

Walk
Uptown/Southend YRE
Metrolina Walkers

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - 10:00 a.m.

Starting Point
Parking lot of Freedom Park.

Details
Take I-77 to Charlotte. Take Exit 9C-A to West Boulevard. Turn towards town and follow West Blvd as it becomes East Blvd. Stay on East Blvd to the entrance to Freedom Park on the right - about 3 miles from I-77. Follow the road past the ball fields and park near the train. (using the address 1906 East Blvd will get you close)

POC
Joan Melville

Link
YRE 0894

 


 

Walk
Sunset Park walk YRE
Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers

Date/Time
Nov. 25 - Registration 8:45 a.m.
Walk begins at 9 a.m.

Starting Point
We will meet at the LaQuinta Inn.

Details
On "Black Friday", November 25th, we will hold an informal group volksmarch of our Sunset Park walk. We will meet at the LaQuinta Inn at 8:45 to sign in and walk at 9am. See you there!

POC


Link
YRE 1280