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New Year’s Eve and Day With The Sacramento Walking Sticks
Sacramento Walking Sticks will be hosting walks on New Year’s
Eve and New Year’s Day. The walks will both start from Pioneer
House at 415 P St., Sacramento. Registration for the New Year’s
Eve walk, Tuesday, Dec. 31, is from 5 to 6 p.m and the New Year’s
Day walk, Wednesday, Jan. 1, is from 9 a.m. to noon.
There will be a different 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) route available
on both days. All the walks are on city streets around the downtown Sacramento
area. Flashlights are recommended on the New Year’s Eve walk. Dogs are
welcome on the walks, but are not allowed inside the Pioneer House; strollers
and wheelchairs will be able to traverse all routes. Rain will not stop these
events from taking place.
Volkswalking is a family sport and parents are encouraged to bring their children
out and get them walking. These events are a wonderful way to see the old year
out and see the new one in. Traditionally there are fireworks on display in Old
Sacramento and walkers find their way easily to view them from the Pioneer House
after the New Year’s Eve walk. This makes for a great new year’s
resolution; to get fit, meet new people and see sights in your home town and
surrounding areas that you’ve never seen before.
The New Year’s Eve route will take people throughout the best lit areas
of downtown Sacramento; including the Sacramento Capitol and Old Sacramento with
its light show. The walks are non-competitive and not timed, so people can stop
along the way to enjoy the sights and sounds — as long as they return for
check-in by 9 p.m. at the Pioneer House.
The New Year’s Day route will take people through four historical neighborhoods
of Sacramento —Chinatown, Alkali Flats, Mansion Flats and Boulevard Park.
Each walker will be equipped with written instructions that include a map, and
they are encouraged to enjoy the route and see the sights along the way. Everyone
must be checked in by 3:30 p.m.
The walks are open and available to everyone. They are not timed; everyone walks
at their own pace and distance. They are FREE and there is also an incentive
program provided that allows people the opportunity to track their mileage. This
incentive program can be started by purchasing a New Walker Packet for $5. There
is also a limited edition commemorative patch available for $4 each.
Volkssporting (translation means sport of the people) originated in Germany in
the 1970s. Many US military families stationed there enjoyed the sport and brought
it to America; there are currently over 300+ clubs nationwide. The Sacramento
Walking Sticks Club continues to be the largest club in the entire US with 500+
members. The Sacramento Walking Sticks offers a wide array of walking adventures
for people of all ages, including their dogs.
Walking is one of the most efficient and inexpensive forms of exercise around
and it also offers psychological, physical, and spiritual benefits as well. Walking
is an exercise that works on you from head to toe as well as from the inside
out. People love to go exploring in their hometown as well as in their state
but they tend to be more receptive to doing it with others. Volkssporting is
a great connector of town festivals and activities with people who would never
have ventured there on their own. There’s safety in numbers whether by
day or night and meeting new friends along the way is another side benefit.
The Sacramento Walking Sticks conduct a membership meeting on the second Thursday
of every month (you do not have to become a member of the Club to walk with them).
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the SMUD Headquarters Building, Conference Center,
6201 S St., Sacramento. Anyone wanting to walk a three mile route in the surrounding
neighborhood before the meeting is encouraged to meet at 5 p.m. at the Starbucks
on 1420 65th St., Sacramento.
Sacramento Walking Sticks
P.O. Box 277303
Sacramento CA 95827-7303
here for New Year’s Brochure
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