Our 2020 Walk Booklet is just filled with so many walks and activities that you’re going to need to pull out your calendars NOW and mark them all!
Just check out the new weblink here to see it and the instructions for printing 28 pages bursting with information on just 7 sheets of paper!
Our first regular walking event is Saturday, March 7th – our annual Soup Walk, complete with Raffle. Our booklet editor, Julie, calls it our “Winter-Be-Gone” Soup Walk. Hope so! – there’s an Ice Cream Parlor on the route (one of three Special Programs available on this walk).
What time? Where? Registration? It’s all in the booklet! But we’ll be posting later this month to remind you. 🙂
We’ve got LOTS of information about these two events on our website, so be sure to click on the links to learn more.
Our news-packed newsletter for January and February 2020, in stunning color, is available here: Jan/Feb 2020 Newsletter But you won’t see the name of our 2019 “Walker of the Year” in it – you’ll have to attend our Annual Dinner and Meeting to find out!
Walnut Creek 6k and 11k walk – Saturday, September 21st – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. registration at the lower level of the American Legion at 230 W. Lincoln Street in Papillion, Nebraska. The 6k walk goes through Papillion and the 11k walk takes you out to Walnut Creek Lake. Cost is $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV Credit Walkers. Walk at your own pace, but please return by 2 p.m.
Arrowhead Park 5k and 10k walk – Saturday, October 5th – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. registration at Breezy Lodge inside of Arrowhead Park in Neola, Iowa. Google says the address is 29357 310th St, Neola, IA 51559. Follow the paved park road around the lake to the lodge on the right at the top of the hill. The 10k walk consists of two 5k loops in the hilly woods of Neola. An alternate 5k route stays on park roads. Hiking sticks and long pants recommended. Cost is $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV Credit Walkers; park entrance fee of $3 is waived for walkers on that day. A pulled pork sandwich lunch will be available for $5, plus pop for $1.
Le Mars, Iowa Winter Wonderland – Saturday, December 7th. Bus leaving from Council Bluffs area around 10:30 a.m. and back 10 p.m. We’ll take part in the 5k and 10k seasonal walk, watch the parade and join in the festivities. Need at least 25 participants for trip to take place. Nonrefundable cost $40 per person; $10 discount for club members. Meals and walk fee of $3 not included. Limited to first 30 paid participants. (If bus company cancels due to inclement weather, payments will be refunded.) Payment must be postmarked by October 1st and sent to: NWFT, P.O. Box 8147, Omaha, NE 68108.
AVA’s “Starting Point” printed book lists nearly 2,000 year round and seasonal walks across the United States. The book costs $20 and must be ordered by September 27th. Send payment to NWFT, as above.
Our next club meeting is Monday night, September 9th at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church at 331 S. 85th Avenue. Our speaker will have you on your feet!
Our next walk is Saturday morning, September 21st, at the American Legion at 330 W. Lincoln in Papillion, NE. The 10k route takes you to Walnut Creek Lake. Start times are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fees are $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV credit walkers.
And of course, we’ve got a number of Year Round Events waiting for you anytime – year round!
The hosting business for our Year Round Event in Shelby, Iowa is closing its doors in August. The Corn Crib was a good host and served some great food!
Our club will say farewell to this walk on the morning of Saturday, August 3rd. At 8 a.m., we’ll hold a Meet and Eat. Groups of 5k and 10k walkers will head out and return for a late breakfast or early lunch together. $2 for Fun Walkers, $3 for AVA/IVV credit (book stampers). Exact change is always appreciated!
After the walk, the Walk Box will be removed from the premises. So if you’ve been planning to walk this beautiful walk, take advantage of the group walk on August 3rd or during the promised break in hot weather coming up soon.
At our April club meeting, we talked about local and regional walking opportunities. Here is a map of upcoming One-Day Events in the North Central Region and a map of Spring Walking Weekends in the South Central Region. Locations shown on the maps may not be precise. Clicking on an icon will take you to walk details posted on www.ava.org, showing dates, times and exact directions to the walks.
North Central Region Traditional Events – remainder of 2019
South Central Region Spring Walks – from flyers sent to our club
Our March-April 2019 newsletter is now available in edited form. (Remember that Club Members get the full version, hot off the presses!) Our thanks to Sandy Spaulding for stepping into Footsteps‘ editor Julie Brown’s shoes for this issue!
Our annual Soup Walk was postponed a week – from March 2nd to March 9th, because of forecasted adverse weather. Well, it looks like the warm-up we were hoping for is going to be delayed. So, how do we cope? With the 3 W’s and plenty of hot soup!
What are the 3 W’s? It’s how to dress for exercise in cold weather!
Wicking – base layer should move body moisture away from the body. Think a lightweight wool, silk or a synthetic fabric – not cotton, which traps moisture.
Warmth – next layer should help to retain heat. Think sweaters, fleece, down, heavier wool.
Weather – the outside layer should repel moisture and stop wind. It should also be breathable, to allow body moisture to evaporate, rather than be trapped inside and chilling you.
A quick Google search “layering clothes for cold weather” gives lots of examples and tips. One good search result is from Mountain Warehouse, which provides text, pictures and a video.
Our annual meeting and dinner was held Saturday, January 19th at Valentino’s Pizza south of 108th and L Streets in Omaha. The 2019 Officers were installed and the Walker of the Year award was given to Lee Frantz, club president in 2017 and recently installed as president for 2019.