Shoeleather Express Walking
The Shoeleather Express is a Volkssport Club located in Abilene, Tx. Abilene
is the home of Dyess Air Force Base, Hardin Simmons University, Abilene Christian
University, and McMurry University. The Shoeleather Express is a non-profit,
charitable organization, composed of volunteers. Our walking events
are sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA). We would
looking for new members and would like to invite you to come walk with us.
UPCOMING SHOELEATHER EXPRESS EVENTS
None Planned at this time.
Please check back soon.
Have you done everything you can think of to encourage your kids to get off
the couch and get physically active? There's a world of difference between
telling you kids about the benefits of being physically active and showing
them that fitness is a priority in your own life. If you're not physically
active, your words are likely to lose their impact. Bottom line?
You have to be prepared to walk the talk.
One of the ways to do that is to participate in Volksmarching Events like
those sanctioned by our walking club. Our club's events are designed
for fun, fitness, and family. Our events can be enjoyed by people of
all ages. Our walks are held in a variety of locations, and variety
is the key to making your family fitness program enjoyable. While you
may find it difficult to schedule time for family fitness initially, it won't
be long before your Saturday morning trip will become the highlight of your
Why sit on the sidelines watching your kids play soccer, hockey, baseball,
or some other organized sport? Become a participant in your child's
healthy lifestyle, while getting physically fit yourself. Your walking
time can be filled with wonderful conversations and it's great seeing the
world through our child's eyes.
Walking is an activity that appeals to both children and adults. Walking
can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age, fitness level, or ability.
Another advantage of walking is that it has few activity related injuries.
A volksmarch (walk) event is held on the weekend. Most are Saturday and Sunday
events. Some are Saturday only. The events are non-competitive and the distance
is usually 6 miles (10 kilometer). There is a large start window time.
You come, you register, and you start walking. These are not timed
events. You have around 3 hours to complete the event. The host
club selects a trail for safety, scenic interest, historic areas, natural
beauty and walkability. They then invite everyone to come and enjoy it. The
walk route is marked with tape, or maps are provided. All events are
open to the public.
Volkssporting clubs across Texas and the whole United States also have Year
Round Events (YREs). To do this type of event you go to the start location
indicated on the flyer and request the walk box. You complete the
registration and take a set of directions to follow. Some clubs allow
you to participate for free. Some request a $3.00 donation.
Do you have children too young to walk? Most of Volkssporting events
are stroller friendly. Especially if you have a big wheel stroller.
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website. Lenore is 16 years old now, but she has been attending
events since she was 9 months old (in a stroller). She completed her
first 10K event on her own two feet when she was 4 years old.
Volkssporting has record books to keep track of your accomplishments.
You'll be surprised at how quickly the miles accumulate. There is a
bi-monthly newspaper called the
that lists the accomplishments of our walker. It is a great incentive
for the kids to see their name in print.
Think your child can't walk 10K? Start walking in the evenings with
your kids until they have built up some endurance. Our walks also have
5K options for the beginning walkers.
How do you find a volksmarch? We have the AVA website that lists upcoming
(it's great if you want to plan a family fitness walking vacation).
There are events held in all of the 50 states. We also have the Texas
Volkssport Association (TVA) website that lists upcoming
events in Texas.
The American Wanderer also lists upcoming events nationwide. At the
events themselves there will be flyers available for upcoming events.
No time to walk on weekends?
Year Round Events
(YREs) can be walked most days of the week except major holidays like
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. These events can be walked at
your convenience. These events are listed on the AVA website, the TVA
website, and in a book called the