A guide to volksmarching in the Kaiserslautern/Wiesbaden area
• Many thanks to volksmarchers James Meredith, Pat and Cheryl Patterson, Lew Harrison and Johnette Scott for providing event brochures.
• Take a moment to grab a set of brochures from the Werber table and send them no-cost via MPS to Donald Seltzer, PSC 2 Box 10684, APO AE 09012.
Weekend of April 25-26
Bockenau (55595) – This event is due west of Bad Kreuznach on the year-round, permanent Hunsrück trail system. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Alzey. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and follox B41 toward Kirn. Pick up a secondary road at Waldböckelheim to head northwest to Bockenau.
Start: Bockenauer-Schweiz-Halle on Waldböckelheimer Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 7-11 a.m. (30 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None.
Weekend of May 2-3
Bundenbach (55626) – While volksmarchers have seen a number of events discontinued over the years as clubs and their members grow older, there is still a glimmer of hope for the sport with the introduction of a new club and event. This is the case with the walk in Bundenbach, a town sort of midway between Idar-Oberstein and the Hahn airport. Participation in this inaugural event is highly encouraged. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) to use B50 toward Simmern. At Büchenbeuren, pick up a minor road through Rhaunen leading to the start at Bundenbach.
Start: Glückauf-Halle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 20 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.
Limburg an der Lahn (65549) – This event, featuring a volksmarch triathlon, will be found in Limburg proper. A shuttle bus will transport swimmers to the pool facility in Limburg-Offheim. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Köln and exit at Limburg-Nord (42). Cross the Lahnbrücke bridge and turn right at the second street. IVV signs will be posted.
Start: Markthalle on Ste.-Foy-Strasse for walk and cycling and Hallenbad Offheim at Am Hallenbad for swimming Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km, plus cycling), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (swim) Sunday: 6 to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km, plus cycling) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (swim) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.
Ramstein-Miesenbach (66877) – The Ramstein Roadrunners club plays host to this volksmarch. The number of club members working the event partly illustrates why the Roadrunners are one of the few active American clubs remaining in Germany. Wanderers will find the event to be a friendly and relaxing family activity — and one of the few still offering beer mugs as the award.
Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Am Kiefernkopf 22 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (16 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (16 km) and 7-11 a.m. (21 km) Trail: Slightly hilly, fields and forests Award: Weizenbier glass.
Weekend of May 9-10
Kriegsfeld (67819) – This event is south of Bad Kreuznach. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Darmstadt, and 63 toward Kaiserslautern. Exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9) to use minor roads through Wendelsheim and Nieder-Wiesen to reach Kriegsfeld.
Start: Turn- und Festhalle at Hinter Kirch 10 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.
Villmar (65606) – This event is due east of Limburg in the scenic Naturpark Hochtaunus. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Köln, then exit at Limburg-Süd (43). Follow B8 in the direction of Lindenholzhausen to Niederbrechen where a minor road will lead to the town of Villmar.
Start: Johann-Christian-Senckenberg-Schule on Ferdinand-Dirichs-Strasse Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 21 km) Trails: Hilly, woods Award: None.
Weekend of May 16-17
Idstein-Wörsdorf (65510) – This event is north of Wiesbaden on the edge of the Naturpark Hochtaunus. Wooded trails offer walkers scenic views after a long, uphill start. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Limburg, exiting at Idstein (45) to follow B275 and a minor road leading to Wörsdorf. Alternatively, from Wiesbaden and Mainz use B417 and B275 north toward Limburg and Idstein to reach Wörsdorf.
Start: Gemeindehalle at Jahnstraße 4 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 21 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: From previous events
Weiler bei Bingen (55413) – This walk is part of the year-round Rundweitwanderweg in the beautiful Hunsrück area. From Wiesbaden, Mainz and points east, take Autobahn 60 to Bingen and Autobahn 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Stromberg (46) and head toward Waldalgesheim to reach the start.
Start: Rhein-Nahe-Halle on Mannesmannstrasse Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.