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(AVA #193)



1983 -2016

33 years



Southern Maine Volkssport Association sponsors non-competitive, self-paced walks.

We are a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the

International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV).

Fun Fitness - Friendship

We are Walking Maine 2016





7:00 pm at Westbrook Community Center/Community Room

426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, ME


FMI: Carrol at 207-632-3978 or



Sponsored by So. ME Volkssport Association


links to

Northeast Region AVA Calendar of Events

Walk N Eat schedule

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History of SMVA:


In the fall of 1983, four faculty members from Westbrook High School formed a volkssport club and sought membership in the American Volkssport Association. That was the beginning of the Southern Maine Volkssport Association. Plans were immediately set forth to hold their first walk in the spring of 1984.

In the early years, SMVA had the distinction of hosting a single event with the most walkers - 3500 walkers for the Eastern Prom/Peaks Island walk. SMVA was also honored with having one of the top ten walks in the United States - the Lighthouse Walk in South Portland in 1996. That walk still exists today and is enjoyed by many new walkers as well as repeat walkers.



Walk, talk, laugh, eat...the possibilities for fun are endless!

For more information, please contact SMVA at P.O. Box 722, Westbrook, ME 04098, or check our website


Our Mission

Volkssport events are organized to entice people of every age and all levels of athletic prowess to exercise outdoors at their own pace. ("Volkssport" is intended to mean "sport of the people".)  These non-competitive events may be walks, bikes, swims, or cross-country skis.  Most popular, however, are the walks - usually 10 or 5 kilometers on a well-marked trail with directions and a map to get you back where you started.

Walks are designed to include historic sites, scenic vistas, downtown areas, woodland trails, parks, or other points of interest.  Each walk is free.  However, those wishing to pay a $3.00 registration fee can participate in an international organization's achievement award program, which may provide some additional incentive for reluctant walkers to get out and exercise.  For an additional fee, those who finish may take home a small memento of their accomplishment.

In addition to exercise, these events provide a family-oriented social environment in which participants share the spirit of walking - meeting friends, walking scenic trails, and improving mental, as well as physical health, with a natural, accessible, low-stress activity.



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Club Profile

President:  Carroll Tiernan

Vice-President: Ken Jackson

Secretary:  Sondra Taylor

Treasurer:   Wally Johnson

Webmaster: Don Bolin

Contact Information

Telephone: 207-632-3978


Postal address:

Southern Maine Volkssport Association

P. O. Box 722

Westbrook, Maine 04098-0722


Electronic mail

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