Folkssports are recreation for busy people. You're not a
super athlete, and you have no desire to train to win a race,
but you know you need to spend some of your free time in
healthy activity. Volkssports (say "folks' sports") are Sports
for the People ("volks" in German) — including walking/hiking,
swimming, biking and cross-country skiing. Stuff you like to
do anyway. And they're geared to the novice and average person
— the recreational participant. You can participate as often
or as seldom as your schedule allows. There are no pledge
cards or quotas, just FUN-raising. The purpose is not to
benefit a charity, it's to benefit you.
people of all ages, alone or in groups...
Folkssports are geared for the novice and average person —
the recreational participant. Bring the whole family and a few
friends. If you'd like some new friends you're sure the meet
them here. Or come by yourself and participate in solitude.
The choice is always yours. Because there are no performance
requirements, adults and children may participate together.
Many walk events are open to those in strollers and
wheelchairs. But check the details on the specific events
you’re interested in.
Oh, and dogs are welcome on many trails as long as they're
kept on leash.
no competitive requirements, but plenty of rewards...
The journey is not the only reward! Let's face it, we all
need a little encouragement to keep doing those things that
are good for us. Folkssports have become popular in more than
20 countries for over 35 years partly because they provide a
system for encouraging regular participation.
Event awards provide instant gratification. These memorabilia
become special reminders of the good times and places you've
enjoyed. IVV Achievement Award credits can be earned for
Distance walked (biked, skied) AND for the number of events in
which you participate. These credits are recognized worldwide
as symbols of achievement.
a unique location near you, or somewhere you want to visit...
Folkssports are everywhere you want to be. Some events will
be close to your home — you may want to enjoy them multiple
times. Others will be farther away — you might need to
schedule some vacation time to really enjoy them. Folkssports
encourage you to travel to unique areas and discover rewarding
new experiences. Or if you are already traveling for business
or pleasure, adding a folkssport may be a great way to relax,
exercise or experience the area.
There's joy in the journey. We encourage you to take your
time on the trail — don’t rush to finish! Enjoy the scenery,
geology, flora and fauna, history and local hospitality. Allow
at least 2-3 hours to complete a 10km (6.2 miles) hike. Of
course, you're welcome to walk, jog or run and complete the
course at a pace that's most comfortable for you.