Around 70 to 100 people are expected to converge on Lynchburg for a Saturday event that’s being held in honor of a relatively new village resident.
A volkssporting event will be held on two 5K loops around the village. It’s being put on by the Xenia Walking Club in honor of Janet Brewer, who moved to Lynchburg a couple years ago to be closer to his sister and nieces. People wanting to take part can sign up from 9 a.m. to noon in front of the Old School House Park shelter and need to complete the course by 3 p.m.
“It’s a walk for the health of it,” said Carol Yegerlehner, a Xenia Walking Club member who is helping organize the Lynchburg event. “Volkssporting is done all over the world and it can be a walk, a bike, a swim, cross country skiing, or any of a number of other things, but in Ohio it’s a walking event where you have a designated time to come and start and a time to finish.”
So why in Lynchburg?
“We’ve not been there,” said Yegerlehner. “And Janet was such was wonderful friend to all of us and now she’s kind of by herself, so we just decided to see if we could get a 10K out of the village and visit with her. She’s a good friend and we just decided to honor her. She’s in her 80s now and she moved to Lyncnburg so her sister and nieces could sort of take of her, but the sister just passed away.”
Yegerlehner said that before Brewer moved to Lynchburg, she was a longtime cakemaker who made cakes for all types of occasions for the Xenia Walking Club members.
Volkssporters pay $3 per event and in return they receive credit for completing events. When they accumulate so many points, they send their credits to the American Volkssporting Association and receive things like patches and certificates.
Saturday’s walk is free to anyone who doesn’t want to acquire points. Yegerlehner said she expects volkswalkers from the Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus areas.
“It’s a sports that’s getting older and like a lot of things, the people are getting older and a lot of them prefer shorter distances,” Yegerlehner said in explaining the two 5K routes. “You can go any distance you want to go, plus it was hard to get a full 10K through the village, so sometimes people will be going backwards over places they’ve already been if they choose to walk both routes.”
Yegerlehner said part of volkssporting is learning about the different places volkswalkers visit.
“We hope to meet new people and spread the word about the sport. The thing about volkssporting is that there’s one about every week,” Yegerlehner said.
For more information visit the American Volkssporting Association site at ava.org.
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