New to Volkssports?

Find out what a volksmarch is (and see a video) on our Links Page.

Join the Roadrunners and read the Newcomers Guide on our Membership Page.

Find meeting dates and times and other events on our Events Page.

Volkssport Links

Volkssport Associations

DVV Logo Deutscher Volkssportverband e.V.: The German Federation of Popular Sports. Offers a comprehensive listing of volksmarches in Germany, plus a list of permanent walking trails sorted by state and town.
IVV Logo Internationaler Volkssportverband: The International Federation of Popular Sports. By selecting "National Members" from the menu, you can access the websites of all member countries.
IVV Logo FRANCE Federation Francaise des Sports Populaires (FFSP): The International Federation of Popular Sports. France in French
IVV Logo BELGIUM Federation Francophone Belge de Marches Populaires (FFBMP): The International Federation of Popular Sports. Belgium in French
IVV Logo LUXEMBOURG Federation Luxembourgeoise de Marche Populaire (FLMP): The International Federation of Popular Sports. Luxemburg in German.
AVA Logo American Volkssports Association: Provides a comprehensive listing of events, volksmarches, and permanent trails throughout America.

Volkssports-Related Sites

Stars and Stripes Logo Stars and Stripes: Thursday's edition lists volksmarches throughout Europe.
Roadrunners Facebook Facebook: Ramstein Roadrunners Facebook page

 

What is a Volksmarch?

Volkssport (People's Sport) encompasses Volksmarch (People's Walk) and other forms of non-competitive physical fitness. The primary sport, walking, is ordinarily a 10 kilometer route (6.2 miles) on scenic trails along bodies of water, around historic sites, or through your own neighborhoods. Clubs frequently offer trail lengths of 5 and 20 kilometers as well.

There is not one set start time but a window of time (average window is 5 hours). Take as much time as you like to walk the trail, and the only requirement is to finish by the end of the event, approximately 3 hours after the final start time.

Trails are marked along the way in a variety of ways—colored tape, signs and markings on the ground.

Most routes take two hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Many trails are stroller-friendly and provide great opportunity to explore nearby and far away places that perhaps would not be seen as a regular tourist.

After you have completed your walk, enjoy the food and friendship in the hall.

Nervous about not speaking the language? Don't worry as many clubs have a special table with someone who speaks English. After a few walks, you will all be speaking the same language—volkssport!

The following video is in German, but it should give you an idea of what a volksmarch is like:

 

How Far?

You've found a volksmarch, and now you want to know how far away it is. Check our Distance List to see how far away it is. Or map the entire route to the location using ViaMichelin.

Roadrunners Logo Badge

 

Keep up
with the Roadrunners!

To find out what's going on with the Roadrunners, check out our current Newsletter. You can also read past issues on our Home Page.

Find a Volksmarch in Your Area

DVV Logo

Deutscher Volkssportverband e.V.: The German Federation of Popular Sports. Offers a comprehensive listing of volksmarches in Germany, plus a list of permanent walking trails sorted by state and town.