by Donald Seltzer
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Volksmarch Editor
- After an absence of a decade or so, Wiesbaden’s volksmarchers may once again have a club to call their own. The Heidelberg International Wandering Club needs to determine the amount of membership interest in a Wiesbaden volksmarch club and, more importantly, whether people are willing to take on the job of running it. Take a moment to shoot them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with name, contact info, and your interest in getting a club back in Wiesbaden.
- The international edition of the IVV calendar is available for €5 from the Awards Officer (Abzeichenwart). This useful book lists dates, locations, points of contact and other information for scheduled events in more than 30 countries, to include the United States. Definitely a handy reference when traveling.
- Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an email message to email@example.com with the subject “Getting Started.”
- Many thanks to readers Pat and Cheryl Patterson for sending brochures.
- Readers are asked to pick up extra event brochures and to mail them via MPS to Donald Seltzer, CMR 467 Box 5533, APO AE 09096.
- Got a comment? Found something you’d like to correct? Want to change ‘unknown’ to a useful trail description? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Feedback.”
- The postal code is included in the listings for readers using navigation devices. Exit numbers are being added for those without such devices.
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Weekend of Jan. 19-20
Eimersdorf/Saar (66780) — This Saarland event is west of Dillingen and only a few kilometers from the Luxemburg border, yet it’s easily reached by autobahn from the Landstuhl/Ramstein area. From Ramstein and Landstuhl, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis and Merzig and exit at Rehlingen (7). Use secondary roads through Siersburg to reach Eimersdorf.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus at Im Steinrisser 2 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.
Kappel (55483) — This event is in the scenic Hunsrück region west of Bingen, not far from Hahn airport. From Bingen, use Autobahn 61 and the Rheinböllen exit (45). Take B-50 toward Simmern and Kirchberg, then use B-421 to reach Kappel.
Start: Gemeindehalle Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly trails, fields and woods Award: From previous events.
Weekend of Jan. 26-27
Grosbliederstroff, France (57520) — This French event is found due south of Saarbrücken and almost literally on the border. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 to connect briefly with Autobahn 620 at Saarbrücken. Exit at Saarbrücken-St. Arnual (19), take the third exit from the roundabout at the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Saargemünder Straße (likely at a traffic light) to head south under A-6 and parallel to the river. The road becomes Rue de Sarrebruck (N61) upon crossing the border into France. Continue a short ways to Grosbliederstroff.
Start: Salle de Jeux et Loisirs on Rue des Fermes Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.
Seibersbach (55444) — This event is west of Bingen and adjacent to the scenic Hunsrück region. The town and its walk are easily reached. Use Autobahn 61 toward Koblenz and exit at Stromberg (46). Follow a secondary road 4-5 miles in the direction of Rheinböllen then pick up the minor road to Seibersbach. In the past, the club used small IVV directional signs; drivers will need to carefully watch for them.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus on Soonwaldstraße Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods and local neighborhoods Award: From previous events.
Weekend of Feb. 2-3
Kleinich/Hunsrück (54483) — This event is north-northwest of Idar-Oberstein and fairly accessible to volksmarchers in other locations. From points east, use autobahns 60 and 61 to exit at Rheinböllen (45). Follow B-50 past Simmern, Kirchberg, and Hahn Airport to reach a minor road at Hochscheid that leads to Kleinich. From Baumholder, head toward Neubrücke via minor roads to reach B-41/B-269. Head north through Birkenfeld to connect with B-327 toward Hahn Airport. Take the minor road at Hochscheid to the start at Kleinich. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 toward Trier, exit at Birkenfeld (4), and take B41/B-269 north and B-327 toward Hahn Airport. Use the minor road at Hochscheid to reach Kleinich.
Start: Gemeindehaus at Orts Straße 53 Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 10 and 15 km) Trails: Hilly, wooded areas Award: From previous events.
Weekend of Feb. 9-10
Schwalbach-Griesborn (66773) — Wanderers will find this Saarland event northwest of Saarbrücken and easily reached by autobahn from the Landstuhl/Ramstein area. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 62 and 1 south toward Saarbrücken. Connect with Autobahn 8 toward Saarlouis and exit at Schwalbach/Schwarzenholz (15). Use secondary roads through Sprengen and Schwalbach to the start at Griesborn. From Ramstein and Landstuhl, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis to reach the Schwalbach/Schwarzenholz exit (15), then follow secondary roads through Sprengen and Schwalbach to reach Griesborn.
Start: Gemeindesaalbau at Hauptstraße 90 Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, woods Award: None.
Weekend of Feb. 16-17
Bad Marienberg (56470) — Although it’s a bit of a drive, this event offers a swim and rewards walkers with scenic views of the Hoher Westerwald region. From Giessen use Autobahn 45 toward Herborn and Siegen and exit at Herborn-West (26) to use B-255 and B-414. Drive west toward Hachenburg and watch for IVV directional signs.
Start: Schulzentrum (walk) on Kirburger Straße and MarienBad (swim) at Bismarckstraße 65 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (swim) Trail: Hilly, wooded areas Award: Decorative candle.
Weekend of Feb. 23-24
Bingen-Kempten (55411) — Easily reached via autobahn, the Bingen-Kempten event offers a scenic view of the Rhine river. Use the Bingen-Gaulsheim exit (14) of Autobahn 60 and follow a secondary road and IVV signs to the start.
Start: Sportheim Hassia at Mainzer Straße 197 Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly, mostly fields with some woods Award: None.
Hemmersdorf (66780) — This Saarland event is west of Dillingen and only a few kilometers from the French border, yet it’s easily reached by autobahn from the Landstuhl/Ramstein area. From Ramstein and Landstuhl, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis and Merzig to exit at Rehlingen (7). Use secondary roads through Büren to reach Hemmersdorf.
Start: Grenzlandhalle on Niedaltdorfer Straße Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (15 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber (91541) — This walk explores the medieval walled-city of Rothenburg. The Saturday-only old-town walk offers a mini-tour of its many shops and sights. The outside trails, including a half-marathon distance, are a great choice if you’ve already experienced the old-city trail. It’s crowded but not overwhelming; parking is plentiful. In conjunction with this special walk discounts on admission are offered by a number of museums and attractions by showing your IVV start card. Use Autobahns 5, 6 and 7 past Heidelberg, Heilbronn and Crailsheim in order to reach Rothenburg. Alternately, Autobahns 3 and 7 via Würzburg and Kitzingen may be used.
Start: Sporthalle at Erlbacher Straße 5 Saturday: 7 a.m. to noon (6, 11 and 21 km outside of city) and noon to 4 p.m. (11 km old-city trail) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trails: Old-City routes are paved and have steps; trails in the surrounding area are hilly and wooded Award: Cloth shopping bag.
Weekend of March 2-3
Greifenstein-Beilstein (35753) — This event is west of Giessen and a bit distant for all but the most dedicated wanderers. Five trails in a variety of lengths are offered to participants, to include a marathon. From Giessen use B-49 west to Biskirchen and a secondary road north through Greifenstein to the start at Beilstein. When using Autobahn 45 take the Herborn-Süd (27) or Ehringshausen (28) exits to follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Sportlerheim und Sportgelände on Sportplatzstraße Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6:30-11 a.m. (20 and 30 km) and 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: From previous events or cloth patch and certificate (marathon).
Sien (55758) — Not too far from Baumholder, this event offers flat and stroller-friendly trails that could be enjoyed by wanderers of all ages. From Baumholder, use the minor road bordering the training area to connect with B-420. Head toward Bad Kreuznach to pick up B-270 toward Idar-Oberstein and Sien.
Start: Turnhalle at Kirner Straße 6 Saturday and Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7:30 a.m. to noon (20 km) and 7:30-11 a.m. (30 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: None.
Weekend of March 9-10
L’Hôpital, France (57490) — This event is on the French border southwest of Saarbrücken and north of St. Avold. Volksmarchers will find the event easily reached via Autobahn 6. From the KMC, use A-6 past Saarbrücken toward the border, continuing toward Metz using the French autobahns A320 and A4. Use the Carling exit and take N33 (Route de Carling) north a short distance. Exit onto Rue Principale and briefly follow it to a possible roundabout where you’ll pick up D26 which goes through a series of names to eventually become Rue de la Gare, upon which the start is located.
Start: Centre Sportif du Puits 2 on Rue de la Gare Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown, expect wooded areas Award: None.
Queidersbach (66851) — This event is southeast of Ramstein and easily reached by autobahn. From Kaiserslautern, head south about 5 km on B-270 to connect with a minor road leading to the start at Queidersbach. Start: Sport- und Mehrzweckhalle at Jahnstraße 11 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.
Simmern/Hunsrück (55469) — This walk brings wanderers to the scenic Hunsrück region west of Bingen and celebrates the club’s 40th anniversary. Take Autobahns 60 and 61 and the Rheinböllen exit (45), then pick up B-50 toward Kirchberg and Simmern. A secondary road will be used for the final mile or so to Simmern. From Baumholder, take the minor road skirting the boundary of the training area to reach B-420. Continue toward Lauterecken to connect with and use B-270, B-41, B-421 and B-50 to reach Simmern.
Start: Hunsrückhalle at Schulstraße 12 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 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trails: Hilly, woods and fields Award: None.
Weekend of March 16-17
Bitche, France (57230) — This Marche Populaire event is south of Zweibrücken in France. Wanderers from the KMC area willing to make the drive will enjoy something a little different — yet very familiar — from the usual events in Germany. In addition, challenge-seekers will find 42- and 50-kilometer routes offered Saturday. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim to take B-424 south where it becomes D 35A in France. Continue on using D 620 and D 35 to reach the start at Bitche.
Start: Salle des cuirassiers on Rue du Général Stuhl Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 and 50 km) Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Certificate for 42- and 50-km trails.
Frankfurt/Main-Bergen-Enkheim (60388) — This event offers a variety of trails for different abilities. The start hall is in the Enkheim area of Frankfurt, across the street from the Hessen Center shopping mall and streetcar stop. The mall is at the western end of Autobahn 66 when coming from Hanau. From Aschaffenburg and Hanau take A-66 right to the shopping center. From elsewhere, readers will need to consult their maps carefully if using a route other than A-66. Drivers can use Autobahns 3 and 661 (northbound) to find directional signs to Bergen-Enkheim, then follow small, white IVV signs to the start.
Start: Volkshaus Enkheim at Borsigallee 40 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 7-11 a.m. (30 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) and 7-11 a.m. (30 km) Trails: Shorter trails are slightly hilly and stroller-friendly for the large-wheeled variety, longer trails are hillier; woods, fields and some city streets Award: From previous events.
Grolsheim (55459) — This walk is just south of Bingen and offers a variety of trail lengths. Use Autobahn 60 to pick up B-50 at Bingen, head south toward Bad Kreuznach and follow IVV signs to the start. From Wiesbaden and Mainz, use the St. Goar exit of A-60 to pick up B-9, then the Gensingen exit to connect with B-50.
Start: Nahelandhalle on Aspisheimer Weg Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 and 30 km) Trails: Shorter trails are mostly flat, longer trails are hilly; fields, local neighborhoods and some woods Award: From previous events.
Trier-Ehrang (54293) — Wanderers will walk in the area surrounding Germany’s oldest city of Trier as a reward for the time spent reaching this event. From Baumholder, head toward Autobahn 1 and connect with it at Freisen, then use Autobahns 1 and 602 to Trier. Volksmarchers in the KMC will use Autobahns 62, 1 and 602 to Trier. Trier-Ehrang has its own exit off of Autobahn 602 as drivers approach Trier. Watch carefully for IVV directional signs.
Start: Turnhalle at Oberstraße 8 in the Trier suburb of Ehrang Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events.
Weekend of March 29-31
Hünfelden-Ohren (65597) — This Good Friday walk is west of Bad Camberg on the northern edge of the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus. Use the Bad Camberg exit (44) of Autobahn 3 to pick up unnumbered roads to Beuerbach and Ohren.
Start: Gemeinschaftshalle am Sportplatz on Dauborner Weg Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None.