Unlike other volkssport events limited to
one or two days with a set start/finish time, a Year-Round event may be open
daily, January through December. A seasonal event is like a Year-Round event,
but is open less than a full calendar year. (Be sure to check dates on seasonal
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Event listings, directions to start points, trail
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IVV/AVA Sanctions: All events
advertised in this publication are open to the general public. Anyone who
wishes to take part in any of the sanctioned events may do so,
as long as they are willing to follow the guidelines governing the
event that are set by the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV), the
American Volkssport Association (AVA), the sponsoring club, and the civil laws
of the city, township, county, and state in which the event takes place.
IVV Awards/Record Books: IVV
issues awards for participants who complete milestones of 10, 30, 50, etc.
events and/or 500, 1000, 1500 km, etc. increments of
distance which are
recorded in event and distance
books. The awards consist of a
and certificate acknowledging completion of each level of accomplishment. The
event and distance books may be purchased at events for $5.00
Registration for the IVV/AVA event stamp is $3.00 or under, for each event and
gives the participant
credit in both books. The stamp for each year-round
may be entered in the event book
and in the distance book as many
times as actually completed.
Event Awards: Those paying the
appropriate registration fee
and completing the course will
receive an award as described in the event flyer. Those wishing the award
and/or IVV credit should remit the amount stated in the event ad.
Credit Only: The CREDIT ONLY
heading generally means that the sponsoring club has chosen not to design an
award specifically for this event but will offer in its place a selection of
one or more awards from previous events. These are known as "B" awards. Anyone
may walk a "CREDIT ONLY' event for credit, free or a "B" award (when
available). All of the sanctioned events are open to anyone who is physically
able to participate in all or part of the event. Please pay close attention to
the exact registration location, as year-round/seasonal events may not have an
attendant to assist with registration. Please be patient with the start
Procedures: At the event start,
EACH participant must register in the log book, sign the waiver, and obtain a
start card which must be filled out completely. This card must be carried
during the event and personally presented at the checkpoint(s) along the route.
Participants missing a checkpoint(s) may be refused an award or IVV credit.
(All cards remain the property of the sponsoring club and must be turned in at
the completion of the event).
Hatpins: Some clubs will provide
an optional commemorative pin. Hatpins are not part of IVV/AVA sanctioning and
may be purchased without taking part in the event. See each event ad for
availability and prices.
Disclaimer: The sponsors are not
liable for accidents, thefts, and/or material damage. Every effort will be made
to make this a safe, enjoyable, and memorable event. PARTICIPANTS MUST SlGN A
Card). A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST SIGN FOR A MINOR, THIS INCLUDES
INFANTS. Stipulations: With registration for these events, the participant
accepts the guidelines of the AVA and agrees to observe the principles of good
sportsmanship and safety. Every participant must adhere to the directions of
the control personnel. Children 12 & under must be accompanied at all times
on the trail by an adult. Littering is not permitted. Check with each event ad
to determine whether or not the route is suitable for strollers and
wheelchairs. Call the
person for further information regarding specific
needs/concerns that may not be addressed in the event ad.
might be available at the start/finish. Other refreshments may be available
along the way at restaurants or stores.
Pets: When pets are allowed at an
event, owners are responsible for leash and clean up laws. Pets CANNOT be in
buildings, especially hospitals and restaurants!!
Information: For information
concerning a particular event, see the event notice and contact
the event information numbers listed
NOTE: Many year-round/seasonal
events require a writing instrument and exact change for fees. Paying with a
check is preferred.
The following trail rating system is used
to indicate the degree of difficulty of a trail for the AVA sanctioned walk.
When determining elevation gain, if a route goes up for 50 feet and down for 50 feet and back up for another 75 feet, the cumulative gain would be 125 feet.
A route that is mostly on flat pavement would be rated 1A.
A beach walk would be rated 1C.
A route with moderate hills on well groomed trails would be rated 2B.
Precautions: (Please be aware that weather conditions will cause a variance in the trail rating. Inclement weather or an unexpected hot or cold day can increase the degree of difficulty of a trail, so each participant should adjust their pace accordingly). It is advisable to carry water to all walking events. It is possible to become dehydrated in cold weather as well as in hot weather. It is always the goal in the AVA to provide the participant with a safe and enjoyable event. You alone know your own limits.
Can I find information on line?
Yes, the Find
has links to compilations of YRE info for various areas of
the USA and Canada. These may be very brief, listing only the city and a
contact number, or may be the entire full-info brochure provided by the club.
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