AVA - 318 ~ ~ WA - 13
Emerald City Wanderers
Registration: At the start point, fill out a start card and pay the appropriate fee. AVA events allow you to walk for free. Event awards may be available - a patch, medal, pin or other item to reward you for participation. These are available for a small fee.
Get on the trail: The club may provide a map and directions, and/or have marked the trail with ribbons, arrows, or chalk. Be sure to ask what markings to look for.
Walking Walking and Trails: Trail Ratings: Trails are rated for difficulty 1-5 from easiest to most difficult.
Walk at your own pace: Go as fast or as slow as you want. Run or power walk if you want to go aerobic. Stroll if you wish. Stop to picnic, shop, or sightsee if you want. Just be sure you can complete the trail by the official finish time. How long does it take to complete a 10 kilometer trail? At a very easy pace, it takes most people 2 hours. If you are a power walker, you will finish in an hour and a half or less. More difficult trails take longer.
Checkpoints: There should be one or more checkpoints along the trail. Usually these are staffed by friendly club members. Take the time to have some water, maybe a little treat, and chat with them. Present your start card to be stamped.
Water: You should ask about the availability of water along the trail before starting. It is a good idea to bring your own (filled) water bottle along to ensure you won't go thirsty along the trail.
Snacks: Checkpoints sometimes have hard candies or fruit. Bring snacks if you think you will get hungry. If you have any health problems, consult with your physician to determine how you should prepare for a two-hour walk.
Restrooms: Ask about the availability of restrooms along the trail before starting.
Gear: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress for the weather. Layers are always a good idea - you will probably warm up once on the trail, but may want a jacket or umbrella.
Finish Table: Turn in your start card at the finish table, even if you are just walking for free.
Collect your award: Now you get your medal, patch, or other award if you registered for it at the start. If you didn't and now you want one, just ask for an upgrade and pay the fee.
IVV Record Books Stamping: This is where you will get your IVV Record Books stamped if you registered for the award or for credit. If you bought a New Walkers Packet, open it and take out the IVV Record Books and present them for stamping. Be sure to bring your IVV Record Books to each event. If you forgot, ask about getting an Insert Card stamped.
Info on Upcoming Events: You will be able to pick up brochures on upcoming events on the Information Table.
Relax and meet new friends: We welcome new walkers and hope you take the time to visit with the club members and other walkers at the finish. Ask about how to join the club.
IVV Achievement Award Program: Earn awards by walking events and distance at volkssport events worldwide. Redeem your IVV Record Books at milestones such as 10 events, 30 events, 500 kilometers, 1000 kilometers for a certificate, patch, and hatpin to display your achievement.
IVV Record Books: Record books are sold by the clubs at each event, in the USA the books are $5 each, and are good worldwide. An incentive for new walkers is to buy the New Walkers Packet and receive the first set of IVV Record Books at a big discount. You get both an event record book and a distance record book for a total of $5.
Completing a Record Book: When the book is full, make a copy for your records and mail the book to the AVA at the address listed on the book. Be sure to then buy a new book at the next event to keep going while the AVA processes your book and sends your Achievement Award.
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