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World Walking Day


Updated May 05, 2009

IVV Award Program

IVV Event and Distance Books earn you certificates, patches, and hatpins.

World Walking Day:

Enjoy a walk on IVV World Walking Day, May 8 each year. Walks held by International Volkssport Federation (IVV) associated clubs worldwide will have a special stamp and certificate for walkers who attend events in May. The IVV is the world's largest organization of walking clubs. Each clubs hosts non-competitive walking events that are open to the public to promote health, fitness, and friendship. In the USA clubs are organized through the AVA, and in Canada through the CVF.

Walking an IVV Walk:

Walking events are held in a variety of terrain - parks, countryside, neighborhoods, cityscapes, any place walkers find a pleasant route to enjoy. The events always have a 10 kilometer (6 mile) trail, plus shorter and longer distances where possible. There is a fee for the event award and IVV credit stamp, but many events also welcome people to walk for free or make a voluntary donation.
How to Walk an IVV Walk
AVA/IVV Event Calendars

Get Addicted to Walking:

The IVV Individual Achievement Award system uses Record Books, which can be purchased at any event. Each time you walk an IVV-sanctioned event anywhere in the world your book is stamped. On completion of milestones such as 10 events, 30, 50, 500 kilometers, 1000 kilometers, etc. the books are redeemed for a certificate, patch, and hatpin. Walkers find this to be great incentive to keep walking.
IVV Achievement Award Program

Where They Walk:

Twenty-five countries are members of the IVV, and they additionally have individual clubs in fourteen more countries as of 2004. Europe, North America, and the Far East are well-represented with clubs and events. Check the calendar of events in your area to find IVV clubs and events to enjoy.
AVA/IVV Event Calendars
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