America's walking Club

The American Volkssport Association (AVA) is a non-competitive sports organization committed to Fun, Fitness and Friendship.


As of March 26 the AVA National Office will be closed on Fridays until further notice. 

The AVA National Office (HQ) will be operating with an office skeleton crew during business hours until further notice in effort to limit contact with others for the safety of our customers and employees.  Visitors will not be allowed unless they have a pre-scheduled appointment with one of our employees.

All employees will be accessible via email during the hours of 9 am-5 pm. If you must talk or meet in person with someone from the office please email them to schedule an appointment in advance of your arrival.  Employees can be reached at:

Executive Director – Henry Rosales –

Finance Director: Erin Grosso,

Accounting Specialist: Marian DeVaul,

Awards/Membership Coordinator: Karen Winkle,

Communications and Publicity Specialist: Samanta Sanchez,

Information Technology Specialist: Hector Hernandez


Thank you for your patience as we work through these challenging times together.

Big Give 2020

2020 is year six of the Big Give! Last year, our generous donors raised $81,665.70! We had 490 donors come together to support our cause. This year, our goal is to surpass $80,000 once again. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Big Give organizers have postponed online giving until September 10, 2020. Only online giving has been postponed, you may still mail your Big Give donations to the AVA National Office now through September 10, 2020. This is our only fundraising campaign, please consider donating to the Big Give 2020. COVID-19 is already having an impact on our events, members and organization as a whole. Now more than ever, your support is needed to continue the mission of America’s Walking Club. 

AVA National Walking Events

AVA National Walking Week

Join us for the April 1-7, 2020

35th Annual Spring Volksmarch

Join us for the 35th Spring Volksmarch June 6-7, 2020

19th Annual US FreeedomWalk Festival

Come join us in Arlington! 

October 16 – 18, 2020

Appalachian Trail

Join us as we hike portions of the Appalachian Trail, America's first National Scenic Trail. Pristine lakes, rugged peaks and quiet forests await us.

Pictures on the trail

Walking For Fun, Fitness and Friendship.

Volkssporting is a new kind of Outdoors Adventure!

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Touch a life!

Your contributions will help fund fitness programs that will help fight against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and depression among other health related issues – all while having fun!

Become a new walking member

Sign up to learn more on how you can become a part of the National Walking Movement by joining the largest walking organization in the United States!

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Electronic Sanctioning System (ESR)

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Club listings

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