THE LONGVIEW BORDER CROSSERS
The Longview Border Crossers is a volkssport club and a member of the EvergreenState Volkssport Assn and also a member of the American Volkssport Assn. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the St JohnsHospital Cafeteria. Come walk with us.
Volkssports are family-oriented, amateur athletic events. They are casual, though well-organized adventures in health, recreation, fellowship and fun. Volkssports evolved to be non-competitive from running races in Germany, and have spread to 28 other countries.
Participants come from the general public and EVERYONE is welcome. All events are open to everyone regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender. We encourage all to participate to the best of their ability. Pets are allowed at most outdoor events.
Most Volkssport events are VolksWALKS, which are walks of 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles. (With shorter options available.) Most Volkswalks are accessible to families with strollers, and many are wheelchair friendly. Other events include the popular bike rides, which are 25 kilometers or 15 miles. Swimming and cross-country snow skiing events complete the set of Volkssports. You are welcome to participate in any event for free!
All events are eligible for IVV achievement awards for the modest credit fee of $3.00. Other awards include beautiful pins and colorful patches. Frame-ready certificates are awarded for the distance you've covered as well as the number of events you've completed.
You are welcome to join one of our clubs and participate in walk organization as you wish. You are equally welcome to remain unaffiliated and enjoy our events at your leisure.
How to Enjoy our Walks: A Step-by-Step Guide In a sport as casual and fun as ours, getting started is easy. Show up at a Hosted Event, look for someone who looks like they've been around before, and tell them "I'm new. How do I get started?" We are all happy to help!
Finding Events By 'event', we mean Volkswalks, Volksbikes, Volksskies or Volksswims. Swimming and Skiing events are not offered regularly in Oregon or SW Washington. There are two sources on this Website: Hosted Events and Map-Guided Events (also known as Year-Round Events or YRE's).
All events are open to everyone regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender. We encourage all to participate to the best of their ability.
At the hosted events, you will usually find a table covered over with brochures. Most people come away with a handful of them. These will tell you of future events, both the hosted type and the map-guided Year-Round Events .
Year-Round Events usually consist of a "start box" located at a health club, hospital or large store that offers access at convenient hours. A start box may be a stand-alone podium or a two-drawer file cabinet. Contained inside are instructions, sign-in sheets and maps. These also require you to take an envelope or start card with you.
For YRE's, the checkpoint is usually some permanent feature along the route. It could be the name of a statue you will pass, the color of a house along the route or the number of steps on a footbridge that you cross. This insures that you complete the entire distance. Don't forget to bring a pen to write the checkpoint answer!
YRE's differ from Hosted Events in some important ways. These are unmarked and require the use of a map and directions. We devote a lot of effort to making these easy to follow. You follow the route on your own, at nearly any time convenient to you. YRE's must be completed during daylight hours for safety reasons.
We also send news releases to all of the main Oregon Newspapers, as well as The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington.
Registering Each event has a specific start point. If it is a hosted event, there will be volunteers handy to guide you through the simple, one-minute process. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver, and then you will receive a numbered start card. There will also be maps with directions.
You are welcome to participate at absolutely no charge, though you must still complete the registration form. Those who participate for distance or event credit pay a modest fee (usually $3.00) at the start.
Typical Event Hosted events are usually well marked using the popular pink arrows and spotted pink tape. Follow the markings or the instructions on your map. We usually have a checkpoint with water and a rest room. Volunteers at the checkpoint will mark your start card as you pass.
Most Volkswalks and Volksbikes are friendly to children - we like routes that favor strollers. Wheelchairs are also welcome and we accommodate them whenever possible. If a route is NOT suitable for either or both, our brochures tell you why. Most clubs offer alternate routes for wheelchairs and strollers.
Walk Difficulty Rating Easy walk on pavement or good trails with no significant hills. It takes the average walker two hours or so to complete a walk with this rating.
Moderately easy. May be on trails that are not as well maintained. No significant difficulty with hills.
Moderate walk. Some difficult terrain, substantial hills and/or steps.
A more difficult walk, perhaps on poorly maintained trails.
Very difficult, steep hills, rough terrain. For those in good physical shape.
Remember that nasty weather can make an event much harder to complete!
Finishing With few exceptions, the finishing point is also at the start point. Turn in your start card so that we will know that you completed the event. Otherwise, we may have to send someone to go looking for you! And that's it. Don't forget to grab a brochure or two before you leave.
Awards Those participating for distance and event credit carry two special booklets. At the finish table of Hosted Events, a volunteer will place an ink stamp in each book. One booklet shows how many events you have completed, the other shows the total distance you have covered. You can only receive one event credit per walk, but you can walk or bike an event more than once if you want more distance credits. You stamp your own book at Map-Guided events.
The clubs usually offer a variety of colorful pins, medals or patches that commemorate the event. These are popular collector items. Veteran walkers are sometimes covered in them! These awards typically cost a few dollars in addition to the registration fee.
Questions? For answers to your questions, contact Sam Korff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 503-728-0400, or snail mail to 74890 Palm Creek Rd, Clatskanie, OR 97016.
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