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BushWalkers Host Spring Walk

For Release: March 17, 2004
College Station, TX - Volksmarching is not something you would normally associate with a history museum, but on March 27 the BushWalkers will host their annual "Spring Volksmarch." This is the first of two such events the museum will host this year. This spring's walk will take participants along the Texas A&M campus and through the Southside Historic District. The Volkswalking event begins and ends at the museum. 5K and 10K walking trails are available year round. There is a nominal fee for each Volksmarcher and pins are awarded upon completion. Club membership is not necessary to participate and there is no fee for non-credit walkers.

The local chapter is aptly named "BushWalkers." The group was organized by museum docent Glenda Baker. The group is open to anyone no matter what their level of fitness. "We just want people to come out and have a good time," commented Baker. "Both of our trails are wheelchair and stroller compatible and this year we have added a trail that will take walkers through the historic Southside section of College Station " Baker added.

Many people may wonder what is Volkswalking? "A sport for the people." That is the literal translation of volkssporting. Specifically, a volkssporting event is an organized, noncompetitive walk, bike, swim or a cross-country ski designed to appeal to everyone. The majority of volkssporting events are organized walks. Volkswalks take place on marked trails with a measured distance of either five or ten kilometers (3.1 or 6.2 miles). This allows participants to exercise at their own pace. Two kinds of volkswalks are available: regular walking events, those which occur on weekends with published start and finish times, and year-round/seasonal events, which are open any day or, in the case of seasonal events, opened during a limited time frame due to weather conditions. Not only is volkswalking good for the body and mind, but also for sociability and education. There are approximately 425 active volkssporting clubs in the United States . Each club offers a different schedule and frequency of events. It is safe, easy and entertaining to exercise with a walking group. Group commitments and walking goals keep one's motivation high and help ensure one maintains a regular exercise program. Thousands of volkssporting events are organized every year in historical and natural areas; so enjoy the scenery with or without a group.

The event will be held March 27, 2004 rain or shine. Walkers can begin anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information on Volksmarching or to join the Bushwalkers contact Mary Finch at 979-691-4025.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091