You can usually register at the start point for the event. For rare events, you must pre-register - be sure to ask the club when you call them ahead of time. Most events that have an award allow you to pre-register by mail to ensure you get your award at the event. Come to the event and sign in at the registration table.
Registration: At the start point, fill out a start card and pay the appropriate fee.
Many events allow you to walk for free. Some have a
small entry fee for all walkers. Event awards may be available - a patch, medal, pin
or other item to reward you for participation. These are available for a small fee.
|Start||Select a trail and distance:
The standard trail length is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), and you are allowed to complete it twice on the same start card. A shorter distance may be offered for those who need it. Many events have more than one trail available, so be sure to inquire about length and difficulty and choose the trail(s) that you will enjoy the most. Also inquire about restroom availability, water and checkpoints before beginning.
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 and Trails:
Trail Ratings: Trails are rated for difficulty 1-5
from easiest to most difficult.
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 fountains 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 will often have hard candies or pretzels. Some start points also sell food. 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: You should ask about the availability of restrooms along the trail before starting.
Gear: Wear comfortable walking shoes you have already broken in. 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: 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.
|Record Books and Awards||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.
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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.
Record Book Types: