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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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SMVA thanks the following businesses

for their generous donations:



Poland Spring: 20 CASES of WATER

Ocean State Job Lot: 400 GRANOLA BARS


Thanks to the following businesses for donating Gift Cards for LOTS of food, sun screen, bug spray, etc:



Market Basket



Trader Joes





SMVA Volunteers Sondra Taylor and Denise Macaronas help distribute Poland Spring water at the Portsmouth pre-convention walk.  A BIG thank you to Poland Spring for donating 480 bottles of water!



SnowyEgret Walk

Aug 17, 2019



UPCOMING MEETINGS (dates, times and locations TBA):


July 10 Meeting: Mark your calendars!


SMVAs next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at the Mason-Motz Activity Center, 190 Middle Road, Falmouth. Our Meet and Greet social time will be from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by a presentation at 7:00 pm on tick prevention and protection.  Not only will we learn about protecting ourselves as we walk about town, but we also learn what to look for with our four-legged friends. Guest speakers will be from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute and the Falmouth Veterinary Hospital.

Pre-registration appreciated in case of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact Denise at or leave a message at (207) 774-3415.


Special one-day walk to celebrate Snowy Egret Day, Scarborough Marsh (Saturday, August 17)

Share your ideas and suggestions: or (207) 774-3415 We look forward to hearing from you



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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