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This year on November 26, 2021 we Opt to go outside during Black Friday. Please see below to find events in your area. If you’d like to participate please fill in the form by clinking the button. 

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O’Fallon, IL

Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club – A Walk in the Parks – YRE

Start Location: Schnucks Kaldi’s Patio – 907 E. Hwy 50

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Stroll through the park with fall colors still out. Enjoy downtown O’Fallon with businesses, restaurants, Wood Bakery (the smell is wonderful), and pass through residential neighborhoods. Check out Kaldi’s Coffee Shop inside the supermarket when finished. Lots of hot drinks and goodies too.

Registration:  9:45 AM            Walk Start Time:  10:00 AM

Noblesville, IN

Indy ‘G’ Walkers -Black Friday on Midland Trace – TRAD 

Start Location: Hague Road Nature Haven – 20 9 S 8th St

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Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner with a 5 or 10K walk. Enjoy the sights at the nature preserve and the Midland Trace greenway. The walk starts promptly at 10 AM. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to registering. No restrooms at the start point so stop before the walk at restaurants or public restrooms at Federal Hill Commons on SR 32. Restrooms are available at midpoint of the walk.

From downtown Noblesville, take SR 32 (Conner Street) west crossing the White River to Hague Road. Turn right and go 1/2 mile to the park entrance on the right into the gravel parking lot

Registration:  9:30 AM            Walk Start Time:  10:00 AM

Notre Dame, IN

Hoosier Hikers – Boone Notre Dame University – YRE  – Campus Map

Start Location: Walsh Architecture Visitors Lot – 114 Walsh Family Hall of Architecture

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Enjoy the serene, natural and historic sites and sights of the University of Notre Dame during this year’s #OptOutSide event hosted by the Hoosier Hikers in North Central Indiana. Five and ten kilometer routes are offered, which may deviate slightly from the regular Year-Round Event routes in order to prepare for changes in 2022. Participants may traverse the route for either distance at their own comfortable pace as part of a group guided walk. Participants will be grouped based upon distance and comfort level upon completing registration.

1) Though we may outdoors and practicing social distancing, it is recommended that participants have available a personal safety mask and hand sanitizer for entry into any Campus building.
2) Dress appropriately for the weather. May anticipate cold to cool weather with precipitation, snow, possible.
3) Registration required for participation. Cost or registration is $3.
4) Start Point is changed to the Walsh Architecture Visitors Lot, vice the Bookstore Park Lot, which was previously used. Because it is a holiday, there is no parking charge for this #OptOutSide event. To locate the Walsh Visitors Lot, at the intersection of East Angela Boulevard and North Eddy Street in South Bend TURN NORTH onto Eddy Street (that is turn right, if Westbound on Angela, and turn left, if Eastbound on Angela). At the intersection of Eddy Street and Holy Cross Drive you will encounter a Stop Sign and see the Walsh Family Hall on your right. Turn Right onto Holy Cross Drive and follow the signs to the Visitors Lot behind the Walsh Family Hall. Upon entering the Walsh Architecture Visitors Lot, look for the IVV banner and/or Volksmarch signage.

Registration:  9:00 – 9:30 AM            Walk Start Time:  9:30 AM

Boone, IA

Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association – Boone History and Trains Walk – YRE

Start Location: HyVee Grocery Store – 1111 8th Street

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We will walk through Downtown Boone, IA passing the Historic Depot and the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Museum. Depending on time, you can catch ride on the train as you enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in Iowa. Our walk will stroll through downtown to see a couple of murals and a clock for AVA’s special
program of Rockin’ Around the Clock. You will also pass a Little Free Library and a Veteran’s Memorial. Come join us for an outside adventure in Central Iowa.

Boone has many options for food and several community parks to see.

Registration:  10:30 AM            Walk Start Time:  11:00 AM


Concord, MA

Walk ‘n Mass Volkssport Club – Historic North Bridge Walks – YRE

Start Location: Walgreens – 71 Lowell Road

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Two 5K loops. The North Bridge loop includes Minute Man National Historical Park and the Old Manse (home to Emerson & Hawthorne) before continuing to the Colonial Inn, Monument Square and the Concord Museum. The Natural Trail goes along the Reformatory Branch Trail, through conservation land and into Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to Author’s Ridge before returning to the finish.

This group walk is on SATURDAY, NOV. 27.

Registration:  9:45 AM on SATURDAY 11/27       Walk Start Time:  10:00 AM on SATURDAY 11/27

Fall River, MA

Walk ‘n Mass Volkssport Club – Battle Cove Walks – YRE

Start Location: Battleship Cove Gift Shop – 5 Water Street

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From the home of the world’s largest collection of WWII naval ships, the route goes through a neighborhood with Portuguese bakeries/restaurants and parks designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and passes Lizzie Borden’s house, Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park with an Iwo Jima sculpture and a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and finishes on a boardwalk along the Taunton River to return to Battleship Cove at Heritage State Park.

Registration:  9:45 AM        Walk Start Time:  10:00 AM

Ypsilanti, MI

Washtenaw Wanderers – Ypsilanti – YRE

Start Location: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House – 307 N River St

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Walk takes you through funky Depot Town, past historic buildings, vintage neighborhoods, Eastern Michigan University and a beautiful riverside park. Little Free Library (Special Program) is on the 10K only. Join us afterwards for a quick bite to eat in Depot Town (both indoor & outdoor eating).

Please park in public parking located around Depot Town. Do not park in Cultivate’s parking lot please.

Registration: 9:45 AM        Walk Start Time: 10:00 AM

Maryland Heights, MO

Saint Louis Walkers – Creve Coeur Park – YRE

Start Location: The Lakehouse Bar & Grill – 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Rd.

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The 10K walks around both Creve Coeur Lake and Mallard Lake (5K goes around Mallard Lake only).  Both 5K and 10K routes are on paved hiking/biking paths and gravel hiking paths.  Deer and water fowl are often seen on these walks.

You may register in advance via the OSB, or on the morning of the walk in the Lakehouse parking lot via the PSB.

Registration:  9:45 – 10:15 AM        Walk Start Time:  10:15 AM

Reedville, OR

Cedar Milers – #OPTOUTSIDE with Harvey – TRAD 

Start Location: Reedville Creek Park – SE Frances St.

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A mix of local neighborhoods and shopping areas.
See our unique Harvey the Rabbit statue.

Registration:  9:45 AM        Walk Start Time:  10:00 AM

Knoxville, TN

East Tennessee Wanderers – Traveling Guided Walk – TRAD 

Start Location: Ijams Nature Center – 2915 Island Home Ave

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This walk will explore several sites within the Ijams Nature Center and Urban Wilderness trail system. Visit the secret pond, walk along the River Boardwalk and visit the site of one of the original marble quarries in the area. Wooded scenery will abound along these natural paths.

Look for the Lime Green shirts for registration as we will be your guides for this Traveling Guided Walk. There is a $3.00 Fee for this AVA sanctioned walk.

Registration: 8:45 (10K) or 9:45 (5K)            Walk Start Time: 9:00 (10K) or 10:00 (5K)

San Antonio, TX

Randolph Roadrunners – Southside Lions – Traditional – PDF

Start Location: Southside Lions Park – Pavilion 2 – 4600 Pecan Valley Drive

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Walk around a 1.2 mile lake on a shaded paved path. The route will be on a new trail that goes another mile on a paved trial around sport fields. The 2nd 5k will be on the linear trail system.

A hotdog lunch will be offered for a nominal fee. Roadrunners, San Antonio Pathfinders and Texas Trail Roundup awards will be given at 11 am at the pavilion.

Registration:  9 AM – Noon            Walk Start Time:  9 AM – Noon

Sumner, WA

Daffodil Valley Volkssport Association –  Opt Outside on the Sumner Link Trail -Trad

Start Location: REI Sumner Distribution Center – 1700 45th St. E.

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Walk on the paved Sumner Link Trail along the White River. Sumner is very proud of this newer trail. This is an out-and-back walk and will help you shed some of that turkey and dressing from the day before.

Registration:  9:00 AM        Walk Start Time:  9:00 AM

Madison, WI

Dairyland Walkers – Madison Arboretum Walk – YRE

Start Location: Colectivo Coffee – 2530 Monroe St. 

POC: Mary B. Liebig – .img@.img

This is a beautiful, scenic walk around Lake Wingra, passing a former stagecoach inn, through the 1,260 acre University of Wisconsin Arboretum, past Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoo (free admission) and past Edgewood College.

Registration:  8:45 AM        Walk Start Time:  9:00 AM