Sacramento Walking Sticks gear up for 2012

The Sacramento Walking Sticks will be hosting walks to get everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions to “get more fit” on the right track–on Saturday, December 31, 2011 and Sunday, January 1, 2012. The walks will start at the Pioneer House on 415 P St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Registration for the New Year’s Eve walk is between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on New Year’s Day between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 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 in 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 they’ve walked on New Year’s Eve. 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. Last year the Sticks NY’s eve event was mentioned twice in the local paper as a Top 10 thing to do and 360+ people came out to join in on our fun. The night was clear, the weather was nippy and EVERYONE came back in great spirits at what they saw and did. All the Christmas decorations were still up and there were huge trees lit up with Christmas decorations in front of the State Capitol and on the river front in Old Sacramento. In preparation for the fireworks display in Old Sacramento there are a myriad of shops open and light displays in Old Sacramento that make for great viewing along the route.
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 $5.00. Packets will be available for purchase both days.
Volkssporting (translation means sport of the people) originated in Germany in the 1970’s when there were many US military families stationed there. The sport was brought to America and we currently have over 300+ clubs. The Sacramento Walking Sticks Club continues to be the largest club in the entire USA with over 500 members and it offers everyone a wide array of walking adventures for people of all ages, including their dogs. We offer group walks on Tuesday and Thursday morning and every Wednesday night. There is always a volkswalk hosted by various clubs in northern and central California on the weekend and carpooling is encouraged and offered. For the third summer in a row the Sticks offered Friday Night at the Movies where members and their friends walk a 5K (3.1 miles) route and then go to a member’s backyard to watch a movie. Sacramento boasts delta breezes so sitting outside with popcorn, watching a movie is a great way to relax after a fun walk. This past year we’ve also offered a Walking Book Club-every month we read a selected book and before discussing it together, we go out on a 5K walk. The books had varied themes -walking, travels, California history and geography and several of the walks took us to the book’s locations such as Walnut Grove/Locke and Angel Island. Full moon walks are also a crowd pleaser.
Walking is one of the most efficient and inexpensive forms of exercise around and it also offers an array of 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 us). Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the SMUD Headquarters Building in their Conference Center, 6201 S St, Sacramento, CA 95817.  Anyone wanting to walk a three mile route in the surrounding neighborhood before the meeting is encouraged to meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Starbucks on 1420 65th St, Sacramento 95819.