Sunday Morning Volksmarch

Today I participated in my inaugural Volksmarch. What is this surely fascinating event, you must be asking. It is a non-competitive walk in which one particpates for fun. Volksmarching originated in Germany and is now practiced all over the world.

In this region of Italy, almost every Sunday there is a different Volksmarch. The location varies dependent on the host club. Three distances are typically offered- 5-ish K, 10-13-ish K, and 20+K. The route is clearly marked from the start area, where you register for a nominal fee (today was 2.50 Euro). Since this is a non-competitive event, you are free to start whenever you want during the designated time, and you may chose whichever route you prefer.

Some people ran, but most people walked in small groups, chatting and enjoying the morning. Lots of people walking with Nordic Poles and lots of pets on the course. Rest stations were provided along the route, complete with hot tea, hot mulled wine, toast and jam, and fruit.

Today’s course wound through the small town and farmland of Monticello Conte Otto, about 10 minutes from my apartment. I did not bring my phone so did not get really great pictures. Part of the course was off road through large fields. Afterwards, several refreshments were offered- I had a proscuitto sandwich and warm tea. I plan to do these more often. Great way to get in some mileage while checking out new towns.

Cold morning with lots of sunshine.
Cold morning with lots of sunshine.
Seen along the course.
Seen along the course.
Random runners.
Random runners.
Part of the field course.
Part of the field course.
Course marshall. Check out his awesome feathered cap.
Course marshall. Check out his awesome feathered cap.
Advertisements

One thought on “Sunday Morning Volksmarch

  1. Prosciutto and Buffalo Mozzarella on Italian bread (Roll) and a white vino (Even from a box) is wonderful.

    Look who’s enjoying the Big Adventure!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s