"It's fitting that Des Moines, named one of the top ten healthiest cities by Parenting Magazine, is hosting this group," said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Volkssporting is a personal fitness and sports program offering non-competitive walking, biking, swimming, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and rowing. Walking, also known as volkswalking or volksmarching, is the most popular volkssport activity with most being 10K walks (6.2 miles) on marked paths or with guided leaders.
The public is invited to participate in the Des Moines walk on Friday, June 24 as of 7 a.m. Walkers will tour Downtown Des Moines and residential neighborhoods. Registration for this walk is $2. More info can be found here.
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- There are eight local residents from this club that have walked at least one 10K in all 50 states.
- Some walks will have up to 700 people participating; more than 530 walkers are expected for the Des Moines walk.
- American Volkssport Convention has a statewide economic impact of $750,000, of which $500,000 will be in Polk County.