Club News

December Walks – 1 down, 1 to go!

A little help from a lot of hands (and feet!) made this a wonderful event!
A little help from a lot of hands (and feet!) made this a wonderful event!
Wonderful crowd of walkers and business patrons!
Wonderful crowd of walkers and business patrons!

Our 2014 Lights Walk had wonderful weather, wonderful workers and wonderful walkers! 89 of them to be exact.  Folks from Grand Island, Nebraska, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City and of course lots of folks closer to home. Thank you to our Checkpoint business, Delice in Midtown Crossing. The folks there, staff and patrons, certainly got into the fun of walking!


Be sure to close out the walking year with “Time to Walk! 10-11-12-13-14” at the Fremont Hy-Vee. Registration is from 9 to 9:30, group photo at 9:30 and then off to hit the 5K and 10K trails so that we’re all walking at 10:11 12/13/14.  (Please note that participants will have to drive to the 5K start point from Hy-Vee.)  The folks at Hy-Vee are providing coffee and doughnuts to registrants, so be sure to tell them “Thank you!”

Our last two walks of 2014 – coming very soon!





Midtown Crossing Dec 2011
Midtown Crossing Lights Walk 2011
Time to Walk! logo

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. ‘Nuf said! If you want to read about these two walks, go back to our last post!

There is no January regular meeting, but we’ll see you at the annual dinner on January 17th – more details to come! The next regular meeting is scheduled for February 2, 2015. Please keep in mind when traveling to our winter meetings: we don’t hold a meeting if Omaha Public Schools calls off school due to bad weather.

Ready for our last two walks of 2014?

We’re busy gearing up for our next two walks, both coming up in December.

Our annual Lights Walk will be held December 6th, starting at 4 p.m. from the Landmark Building at 12th and Farnam in downtown Omaha.

Our once-in-a-lifetime (well, this author’s lifetime) Time to Walk! event will take place December 13th, with registration between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Fremont Hy-Vee and everyone should be walking by 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14.A special thank you to Hy-Vee for providing coffee and donuts for registered walkers!

“But it’s cold!” you’re saying to yourself. Well, here’s a link to one of many articles out there about how to dress for cold weather walking: How to Dress for Cold Weather Walking

Want to read more about the events themselves? Check out our Events page and a nice article about the excitement being generated by the Time to Walk! event. here: 10-11-12-13-14 – Time to Walk

Musings and news from our Grand Island members

Some of you know Jim and Martha McGahan from the Mid-Nebraska Trail Seekers. That club became inactive last year, but that doesn’t mean that the walkers from that club slowed down! Jim edited an AVA-award-winning newsletter for the club and many asked, “But how can we go without brilliant commentary attached to the faces of those we know, from those MNTS newsletters?”

Well, ask and you shall receive!  Here are two of the most recent collections for your reading pleasure. Jim has promised to put together his own pictorial take on the recently completed Pie Walk in Blair just a couple of weeks (and 40 degrees of temperature!) ago.

Lincoln Volkssport Club’s 2014 Wyuka Walk

South Dakota 125th Anniversary Walks

Jim also has a great collection of reminiscences of the Lincoln Highway walks that he organized across Nebraska, with grand celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Highway in Fremont, Grand Island and Kearney. Anyone interested in seeing those and not on the email list can contact us and we will forward those on.

Or, contact us, and we’ll get you on the email list so that you don’t have to wait to get the NWFT newsletter OR Jim’s photo essays!



Workers’ Walk for November 1st Pie Walk in Blair

What: Worker’s Walk

Where: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1734 Grant Street, Blair, NE

When:  Saturday, October 18th, 9:00 a.m.

Directions to Start/Finish Point:  From the west on Hwy 30 (south 19th St in Blair). As you are entering Blair turn right (east) on Colfax St. (3 blocks north of traffic lights on South St),  go about 2 blocks to 17th St., turn left for 1 block to Grant, turn left to park on the north side of the street.   From the East on Hwy 30 (Washington St in Blair) turn left (south) on S 17th St.  Go about 2 blocks to Grant.  Turn right on Grant to start/finish on your right.

Restroom will probably not be available at the start/finish for the worker’s walk, but there are nearby service stations while driving to the Start Point.  Restrooms are available shortly after starting walk (2.5K).

Beautiful Bellevue Walk

What a wonderful fall day for walking! We had 74 walkers join us for the “Beautiful Belleuve Walk”, including 14 new faces. Here’s a picture of 2 of them, with “old face” Butch Spaulding.  The Luciers are veteran Volksmarchers from living in Germany, and we welcome them, and the 12 other folks new to our walks. Just think – our next walk also starts with a “B” – in Blair, with the added bonus of PIE to sweeten the deal.

Karen and Michael Lucier - first walk with us

Walks from Around the Area

Just a reminder for those of you with a little wanderlust in your hearts and some gas in your tanks – other clubs offer great Volksmarches (and swimming, and bicycling, and skiing) as one day and multiple day events.  Four club members made the trek to the Black Hills Volkssport Association’s 2-day Fall Volksmarch at the Crazy Horse Memorial in (where else?) the Black Hills outside of Custer and Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota.  Our new club t-shirts sure stand out from the rest of the crowd, don’t they?

Our newsletters try to include other events within a reasonable driving distance of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro, so be sure to look there for other great walking opportunities. Bi-monthly newsletters are posted on this website, so if you’re not getting the newsletter emailed to you, look there, and/or send us a note via the “Contact Us” page to be added to our newsletter distribution list.  If you’re into Facebook, members of the American Volkssport Association’s Group page on Facebook like to promote events there, for trips just a little further abroad. DSC00334

Weeping Water Walk – Lincoln Volkssport Club

Have you seen the forecast for this weekend? Absolutely too fabulous to stay home on the couch!

The Lincoln Volkssport Club is holding a walk in Weeping Water, Nebraska on Saturday, September 27th. Start times are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and walkers are asked to be off the trail by 1:15 p.m. The walk start point is the Heritage House Museum, which is on the corner of H Street (Nebraska Hwy 13K) and Randolph Street. The museum faces Randolph. The route takes you through the city of Weeping Water and the surrounding countryside. Wagons, wheelchairs and strollers will have much difficulty.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the LVC’s next event, which is the always popular Wyuka Walk, October 25th, starting at the Wyuka Cemetery at 3600 O Street in Lincoln, right in time for Halloween!

October Walk – Workers’ Walk

What:  Workers walk for Bellevue event.

When:  Sunday September 28th
Time:  3:00 PM
Where:  Sarpy County Museum – 2402 Clay St, Bellevue, NE
NOTE:  For the workers’ walk there will be no restrooms at the museum – it is closed on Sundays. (There are plenty of places a couple minutes away by car, back out on Hwy 370.)
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete paperwork so that we can start walking at 3 PM.