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.