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Getting started

You don't have to join a club or an organization to go on any of our walking events. Simply come to the event, register, and have a great time. Membership is an option never required. Once you have given us a try, we invite you to join NorthStar Trail Travelers or one of the other local clubs.

Get your calendar and mark the coming events that you don't want to miss! Then, on the day of the event, you will register at the designated registration area. Each person will be given a Start Card that must be carried during the walk and turned in upon completion of the event. Water and restrooms are available at the Start/Finish area. Walkers are always encouraged to carry water with them as well.

To participate

Participants may register in advance or on the day of the event at the registration area. The event trail is usually marked with signs and colored tape/ribbon. In some cases, a trail map or description is provided. At the finish point, participants are eligible for distinctive awards to commemorate the event. Walkers may also purchase record books which, when completed, are turned in for special recognition of participation in the IVV Achievement Awards program. Then it's time to relax with food, refreshments and new/old friends to talk about Folkssporting or other topics.


Participation is open to the public. If a participant chooses to receive IVV credit stamp, the cost is $4. If the participant wants the commemorative award for the event as well as the IVV credit, the cost is normally $9 with the IVV credit at no additional charge. For walkers not wishing an award or IVV credit, there is usually a minimum charge of $4 per walker to help defray the costs of putting on the event, trail signs, maps with directions, etc.

New Walker Program

The American Volkssports Association (AVA) has a New Walker Packet to get you started at a cost everybody can afford.

Purchase the New Walker Packet at an NSTT event and you get:
  • First event book: Good for your first 10 events anywhere in the world until you earn your first Achievement Award. A $6 value.
  • First distance book: Good for your first 500K anywhere in the world. A $6 value.
  • Three coupons for free credit at events (which does not include an award): so you can go to three events for free and still get credit (a $12 value). These coupons are good only at events in the USA.
  • A coupon for a free issue of The American Wanderer, the newspaper of the American Volkssport Association.
  • Explanations about Folkssporting.
  • 10% off first AVA merchandise order.
  • One free National Physical Fitness & Sports Month patch.
  • Booklet The Quick Guide to Volkssporting

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