Volkswalking comes from the German term"Volksmarch" that literally means "a people's walk." It's a noncompetitive outdoor walk, usually 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) through a scenic, historic, or interesting area over a predetermined route. Sometimes there is a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) option. Volkswalks provide opportunities for people to see new countryside and landmarks, meet other people, and collect incentive awards. It's not a contest. Everyone is a winner.
The purpose of Volkswalking is to encourage people of all ages to participate in the healthful hobby of hiking/walking/running on a noncompetitive basis. This makes Volkswalking an excellent recreational activity for the entire family. Brought to the U.S. by servicemembers returning from Europe, Volkswalking is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. The Lyric Volkswalk adds the benefit of learning about local public art works.
Come participate and discover for yourself why thousands of people of all ages in this country have joined the sport of Volkswalking.
The Lyric’s Volkswalk is a non-competitive 3 mile (also a shorter route), family-friendly walk designed to connect the healthy activity of walking with the creative treasures located right here in the heart of downtown Virginia. Download the brochure and find out more.
On the trail, you will be guided to three notable art pieces where you will get the opportunity to learn more about who created it, why it was created and the significance of the location. The walk ends at the historic Lyric Center which will be celebrating with an open house event.
The Volkswalk is a fundraiser for the Lyric Center for the Arts. Registration fee is $20/individual; $30/couple; $15/senior/ $75 team of 5 or more. Kids under 16 are free. Your participation will be furthering the mission of providing arts and educational opportunities to children and adults across the Iron Range and helping to move the renovation of the historic Lyric Building forward.
Registration will take place the day of the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the Veterans Memorial in Virginia, MN. Become a sponsor or make a donation here.
We hope you will join us!
Sincerely,The Lyric Center for the Arts Volkswalk Committee