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Walking the American River Parkway

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Walking the American River Parkway

May 12, 2018

The Sacramento Walking Sticks Volkssport Club invites everyone, including the family dog, to join them on the American River Parkway ~ a perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day, "one day early."

The start of the walk is Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova and it will follow the American River Parkway all the way to the William B. Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael.

People will be walking either on the paved trail and/or the horse trails alongside our gem of a river, the American River. The route will cross the Harold Richey Memorial Trail Bridge to the opposite side of the river; traveling through nature areas and shady parks along the way. Volkswalks aren't timed and are non-competitive so everyone will have the opportunity to stop along the way to take pictures, have a picnic lunch at any of the parks mentioned, enjoy the play facilities for children and even let their dogs run free at the dog park at Hagan Community Park. Another option is to visit the adjacent Soil Born Farms to see one of Sacramento's urban all-natural farms.

The start location is Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Dr, Rancho Cordova CA 95670. There is a regional park fee of $4.00 for a day pass or people can park in the nearby adjacent parking lot of the Rancho Cordova High School for free. The walk is available on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and registration is anytime between 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. Everyone must be off the trail and return by 3:00. The cost is FREE to everyone; however donations are always welcome. People wanting volkswalk credit will pay $3.00 for the walk. Dogs must be on leash with cleanup and strollers and wheelchairs would be fine with the 5K (3 miles) and 10K (6 miles) routes. We encourage everyone to bring water and keep drinking so they keep hydrated as well as wearing hats and sunscreen.

Volkssporting (translation means sport of the people) originated in Germany in the 1970's and is still going strong in Europe. The sport is also popular here in the USA with over 250+ clubs in every state; the Sacramento Walking Sticks are the largest club in the USA with over 550 members. Volkswalking is a sport anyone can do and is especially good for families because it gets everyone out walking in the great outdoors. Routes are always designed to showcase the best of a town and it is a perfect way to make new friends and try out new restaurants. What do people need to participate? Comfortable shoes, a hat or visor, sunscreen and drinking water to keep them hydrated.

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