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 (AVA #193)



1983 -2019

36 years





Southern Maine Volkssport Association sponsors non-competitive, self-paced walks.

We are a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the

International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV).

Fun – Fitness - Friendship

We are Walking Maine 2019



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Southern Maine Volkssport Association invites adults of all ages to a free presentation about the Eastern Trail.  Learn about the history, the highlights (and there are many!) as well as their vision/plans for the future.


Date:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Location:  Mason-Motz Activity Center, 190 Middle Road, Falmouth


Time:  7:00 pm (with social time from 6:30 – 7:00pm)


Guest Speaker:  Carole Brush, Executive Director,

                            Eastern Trail Management District




Topic:  The Eastern Trail is Southern Maine’s Multi-Use Greenway.  Currently, this off-road trail (22 miles) connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse at Bug Light


Pre-registration: Not required.  FMI: or leave a message at (207) 774-3415 or (207) 749-1363 (texting preferred




VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  SMVA is looking for volunteers to help out as Officers/Board Members (Secretary, Membership Chair and Publicity Chair) as well as Greeters and Bakers


For more information: 


Phone (leave message):  (207) 774-3415



SMVA, founded in 1983, is celebrating its 36th year of providing Fun, Friendship and Fitness.  Please check our website at


·   Membership not required to attend walks/events

·   Walks (5K or 10K) are map-guided and are good family activities as they are non-competitive

·   Meet new people who share your love of walking

·   Go places you have never been before. There are volkswalks across the USA and around the world

·   All you need is a comfort-able pair of shoes and clothing geared to the weather

·   (optional) Track walking events and distances you complete in handy record books and earn achievement awards


Our Portland walk is a year-round walk.


Other walks are from April 1-to October 31:  

Augusta, Brunswick, Kennebunk, South Portland


Updated walking brochure will be available on this website by mid-March

FMI:    (207) 774-3415


Denise Macaronas, President

Southern Maine Volkssport Association



Reminder:  2019 dues are being accepted now - $12 for an individual and $15 for a family


FMI:  Denise at 207-774-3415 or



Sponsored by So. ME Volkssport Association


links to

Northeast Region AVA Calendar of Events

Walk N’ Eat schedule

We are on Facebook

NE walking clubs on Facebook


History of SMVA:


In the fall of 1983, four faculty members from Westbrook High School formed a volkssport club and sought membership in the American Volkssport Association.  That was the beginning of the Southern Maine Volkssport Association.  Plans were immediately set forth to hold their first walk in the spring of 1984.

In the early years, SMVA had the distinction of hosting a single event with the most walkers - 3500 walkers for the Eastern Prom/Peaks Island walk.  SMVA was also honored with having one of the top ten walks in the United States - the Lighthouse Walk in South Portland in 1996.  That walk still exists today and is enjoyed by many new walkers as well as repeat walkers.



Walk, talk, laugh, eat...the possibilities for fun are endless! 

For more information, please contact SMVA at P.O. Box 722, Westbrook, ME  04098, or check our website




Our Mission

Volkssport events are organized to entice people of every age and all levels of athletic prowess to exercise outdoors at their own pace. ("Volkssport" is intended to mean "sport of the people".)  These non-competitive events may be walks, bikes, swims, or cross-country skis.  Most popular, however, are the walks - usually 10 or 5 kilometers on a well-marked trail with directions and a map to get you back where you started.

Walks are designed to include historic sites, scenic vistas, downtown areas, woodland trails, parks, or other points of interest.  Each walk is free.  However, those wishing to pay a $3.00 registration fee can participate in an international organization's achievement award program, which may provide some additional incentive for reluctant walkers to get out and exercise.  For an additional fee, those who finish may take home a small memento of their accomplishment.

In addition to exercise, these events provide a family-oriented social environment in which participants share the spirit of walking - meeting friends, walking scenic trails, and improving mental, as well as physical health, with a natural, accessible, low-stress activity.



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Club Profile

Acting President:  Denise Marcaronas

Vice-President: Ken Jackson

Secretary:  Sondra Taylor

Treasurer:   Sondra Taylor

Webmaster: Don Bolin

Contact Information

Telephone: 207-632-3978


Postal address:

Southern Maine Volkssport Association

P. O. Box 722

Westbrook, Maine 04098-0722


Electronic mail

General Information:


Images courtesy of Wendy Bumgardner, Walking Guide
Designs and photos by Wendy Bumgardner

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