News Archive


2015-11-15 TAFISA Short Report October 2015
2015-09-21 Information concerning the Mallorca Wander Cup
2015-07-03 Welcome to the 14th IVV Olympiad in Chengdu, China, from September 25 - 29. The events are organized by the China Volkssport Association and the Chengdu Sports Bureau. Chengdu is famous for its gourmet cuisine, fine services, quality of life, and the 'panda' bears recognized around the world. The walking and cycling activities will take place at the Bailuwan Ecological Wetland Park, and the swimming activity at a pool in the city. All information is available in English from the official Olympiad website. More information is available from the China Volkssport Association.
2015-05-04 Eurotrainer Walking, the IVV Direct Member in Romania, announces its Guided Walks and Walking Programs for 2015.
2015-04-25 IVV-Asia announces that the 3rd Asianpiad will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan by the Chinese Taipei Alpine Association on Nov 12 and 13, 2016. It will be a joint walking event with the IML.
2015-03-25 Curt Myron, President of IVV-Americas, has announced that the General Assembly of IVVAmericas will take place on June 27, 2015 by teleconference.
2015-02-12 The previously announced date of the 3rd Europiade in Kitzbühel, Germany has been changed. It will take place from 2016-05-26 to 2016-05-28.
There were reelections at this year's FLMP Congress of Delegates in Luxembourg. As the long-serving FLMP President, Raymond Claude, did not run for a new mandate, Vice-President Romain Buschmann was elected FLMP President unanimously.
The Luxembourg Federation of Popular Sports announces a new Cup Walking Program for their permanent trails. Link here.
2015-01-30 Email contact information for the Direct Members in Spain have changed. Link here.
The Belgian Federation of Popular Sports announces a new Secretary. Contact BAILLY Anne, 25-B-7890 Wodecq, Alternative email addresses have also been added.


2014.10.18 Complete information about the 2015 IVV Olympiad in Chengdu, China, may be found here.
2014.08.26 The IVV Head Office is closed because of holiday from 26th August until 11th September, 2014.
11.07.2014 Presidium decision regarding the 2017 IVV Olympiad applications by Germany and Austria. Preliminary check.
16.05.2014 The newest IVV Direct Member is the Marbella 4-Days Walk in Spain, which is modelled on the Nijmegen 4-Day walk in Holland. This annual event will include distances of 20 and 30 km. Walks are non-competitive and held in nature, along the beach and on more difficult slopes in the hills. Following registration, IVV credit may be given after each day. The achievement medal is awarded only to walkers who have completed a walk on all four days. This year, the 4 Days Walk also becomes more family oriented, with two walks of 6 km each on the final two days for children accompanied by an adult.
For more information (Routes, Accommodation, Transport, Special Offers, etc) please visit the M4DW website. All pages are available in English, German, Spanish and French. Contact information here.
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20.03.2014 Important information concerning the upcoming Asianpiade (Nov. 2014) in Japan, plus other walking activities in Japan and Korea throughout the rest of the year, is now available on the IVV Events & Programs > IVV Olympiads etc. page. A printable summary is also available in the latest issue (March 2014) of Just One Minute!
17.03.2014 We are very glad to announce IVV-Asia international walking events in Korea and Taiwan.
Korea (
  1. The 7th 120km All-night Walk (01-02 Mar.)
  2. The 16th Seogwipo Rape Flower International Walking Festival (24-25 Mar.)
  3. The 4th Suncheon ECO International Walking Festival (26-27 Apr.)
  4. The 12th Seoul International Walking Festival (24-25 May)
  5. The 10th Mt. Seorak International Trekking Festival (14-15 June)
  6. The 20th Korea International Walking Festival (25-26 Oct.)
  7. The 5th Seoul -> Tokyo Korea-Japan Friendship Walking (01 Apr - 20 May. 2015)

Taipei (
  1. 2014 IVV Walking Taiwan festival; IVV-Asia's founding memorial walk; Taiwan IVV World Walking Day (26-27, April 2014)
  2. Slogan: "Health is fortune" and "Friendship brings us happiness".
  3. Registration: For foreigners only. Please contact Chinese Taipei Alpine Association by e-mail:
17.03.2014 The 2nd Asianpiad will be conducted in conjunction with the Japan Three-Day March (IML).
Date : 01 (Sat), 02 (Sun), and 03 (Mon) November, 2014
Venue : Matsuyama Daiichi Elementary School, in Higashi-matsuyama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Walking - 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km, 50km (01, 02, and 03 Nov.)
  • Cycling - 14km, 28km (afternoon of 02 Nov)
  • Swimming, Aqua-walking - 300m, 500m, 1000m (afternoon of 03 Nov.)

Registration and Travel Information
  • Address: Sunrise Daiichi BLDG. #rd. 5-16-12, Ueno, Taito-ku Tokyo, 110-0005, Japan
  • Tel: +81-3-5812-1581
  • Fax: +81-3-3823-2200
  • E-mail:

Japan Three-Day March Organizing Committee

IVV-Asia/Japan Volkssport Association
07.02.2014 IVV / IML organizers Harry and Kathleen Berg awarded the highest civilian honour in Australia.
The Bergs were nominated for their exceptional commitment to promoting the health and social benefits of walking as well as to encouraging international friendship and understanding. After experiencing multi-day walking events in Europe, Harry and Kathleen established the Canberra Two Day Medal Walk in 1992. Their aim was to promote walking, to provide a healthy, enjoyable recreational activity and to encourage walkers to achieve a personal challenge. They also sought to encourage international friendships. This aim was notably advanced in 1997 when the Canberra Two Day Walk was accepted into the IML Walking Association.
In addition to the Canberra Walking Festival the Bergs have introduced Internationaler Volkssport Verband (IVV) walks in Australia. IVV walks are available in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Wodonga. Harry and Kathleen regularly host overseas groups wishing to undertake IVV walks in Australia. Their promotion of IVV walks here has encouraged many Australian walkers to take part in IVV walks overseas.


09.12.2013 A full colour and B/W copy of the brochure for the 2014 Europiade is now available here. Full colour (1.14 mb) / Black and White only (1.13 mb)
02.12.2013 To date, no IVV member has yet applied for the 2016 IVV Congress nor the 2017 IVV Olympiad.
December 2013: As announced previously, the IVV World Calendar of Events will no longer be published in hard copy as of the end this year. For 2014, walks information will be available in text form from the IVV website. Countries that have so far submitted their texts for publication, in whole or in part: Andorra, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Slovakia, Switzerland / Liechtenstein, Taiwan. Texts may yet still be received and approved by other IVV members. A new button will soon appear on the IVV website Home Page menu.
November 2013: Serbia has been admitted as a Direct Member of the IVV. Its first event is scheduled for May 8-12, 2014. Official announcement here.
November 2013: Indonesia has been admitted as a Direct Member of the IVV. It held its first event, the 5th Jogja International Heritage Walk on Nov 23-24, 2013. Indonesia is a member of both IVV-Asia and the IML.
10-14.10.2013 In October, the IVV Presidium attended the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Canadian Volkssport Federation’s first Volkssport club in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At ceremonies in Ottawa and Halifax, the following were honoured with the IVV Pin of Honour for their outstanding and long-term contributions to the IVV: (1) Benoît Pinsonneault (current CVF Past President), and (2) Lily and Lionel Conrod (4th CVF President).
26-29.09.2013 IVV-Europe held its Congress in Tata, Hungary.
15.09.2013 IVV-Americas held its first General Assembly by telephone conference call. Elected Officers are: President - Curt Myron (USA); Vice-President - Ethel Hansen (Canada); Vice-President - Antonio Rossi (Brazil); Secretary - Benoît Pinsonneault (Canada); Treasurer - Marcelo Rodriguez (Brazil). IVV-Americas is registered in Canada.
15.09.2013 29 IVV national and direct members responded to an important online survey regarding the design and content of the future IVV online database of all Volkssport events. The goal to publish the online database is January, 2015.
15.07.2013 The Rev. Mr. Kenn Knopp, the "founding father of Volkssporting in the U.S." of Fredericksburg, TX died on Monday, July 15th at the age of 79 years. Volkssporting made its debut in the United States on June 12-13, 1976, in Fredericksburg, Texas as part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of American Independence. This event was made possible by the efforts of Rev. Mr .Kenn Knopp, a catholic deacon from Fredericksburg, Texas. The Fredericksburg local club that conducted the first Volksmarch was named Volkssportverein Friedrichsburg (VVF). Kenn was instrumental in the forming of the first United States governing body, the IPS-USA, which stands for International Peoples' Sports-United State of America. It was April 20, 1976, that the IPS-USA was incorporated in Texas and accepted by the IVV as the national organization of Volkssporting in the U.S.A. To assist in the promotion of the sport, Kenn developed and became editor of The American Wanderer, the newspaper of the IPS-USA. The first issue was published in January 1978. Truly, all AmericanVolkssporters owe a great debt of thanks and appreciation for all Kenn did to bring Volkssporting to America.
20.06.2013 In deep grief we received the information of the sudden death of our friend and former President Mr. Joseph Emonts-gast who passed away on 7th June 2013. As enthusiastic walker and founding member of the Volkssport association of the German areas in Belgium he contributed considerably to the foundation of the association and its advancement. He was President for 30 years and Honorary President until his death. He dedicated his full attention and commitment to the concerns of the associations and walking clubs as well as to the club activities. Joseph competed with passion for his ideas and concepts. Once having an idea in mind, nothing could prevent him from implementing it. We keep countless activities in our minds which he gave a special touch of fellowship and sociability by this cheerfulness and humour.
We will honour him in memory and convey to his wife Adi our sincere condolences.
For the Governing Board and all members of V.G.D.S.
Secretary H. Müllens
President E. Dannemark
25.05.2013 At its recent Biennial Convention, the American Volkssport Association elected a new president. Dennis Michele will succeed Heinz Johnson as president on July 1, 2013.
28.03.2013 The International Federation of Popular Sports IVV grieves for Maximilian Bräuml who passed away on Monday, 25th March, 2013 at the age of 94. Maximilian Bräuml was Honorary President and founding member of the Austrian Volkssportverband (ÖVV) and initiator of the IVV walking movement in Austria. We grieve with the family of the deceased and will honour him in memory for his service to Volkssport. A detailed obituary will follow in the next World Report.
14.03.2013 IVV-EUROPE grieves for its first Chairman, founding member, and initiator of the first Europiade, Gérard Wohl. Gérard lost his battle against a merciless disease on March 13, 2013 at the age of 70. The funeral and funeral service will take place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 3 pm in Echternach.
17.01.2013 Frantisek Moser, Honourary President of the IVV Association in the Czech Republic, passed away on January 17, 2013 at the age of 79. He was IVV Vice-President from 1998-2007. His tireless dedication for Volkssport deserved sincere appreciation. We have lost a good friend and will remember him with great respect for his commitment. We honour his memory, and send our condolences to his wife, family and all relatives.
05.01.2013 One of Volkssport’s greatest international supporters, Guy Alway, passed away January 5, 2013 in hospital in Bracknell, England. Guy was President of the British Walking Federation and served several years as an IVV Vice-President representing the English-speaking countries. Guy walked all 10 Canadian Provinces, all 50 American States and most of the countries involved in Volkssport. We will honour him in our memory.


23.12.2012 IVV World Report December 2012 is available online
17.12.2012 IVV Event Book for 2013 will be available from the IVV Office.
20.07.2012 IVV World Report July 2012 is available online.
10.07.2012 (Item deleted)
14.06.2012 Permanent Trails at Calpe (E) have new responsibilities.
01.06.2012 Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) and Fédération Française des Sports Populaires (FFSP) have elected a new board.
04.05.2012 Südtiroler Volkssportverband (SVV) invites all members of the IVV Associations to the 13th edition of the Volkssport Olympiads. The actual Flyer is available online.
04.04.2012 IVV World Report March 2012 is available online.

A new Direct Member Club on Gran Canaria has been admitted to IVV. Welcome!

They have created three permanent trails (Caminata Permanente):

  • Las Palmas (12 km)
  • Maspalomas (10 km)
  • Patalavaca (10 km) and (6 km)

The trails are open from September 15th – April 15th.

Kontakt: Casa Siri Patalavaca Gran Canaria EMail:

07.03.2012 AVV News Nr. 15 is issued. It includes the invitation to IVV Walking Taiwan festival, April 28-29, 2012.
27.02.2012 AVV News Nr. 14 is issued. It includes the review to AVV Founding Memorial Snow Walking in 2012.
11.02.2012 The annual report 2011 of "Federation Luxembourgoise de Marche Populaire" is published on their member's page.


04.12.2011 A new homepage of the 13th IVV Olympiad in Val Gardena is available.
03.12.2011 A new homepage of the 1th Europiade is available.
02.12.2011 Asian Confederation of Popular Sports starts the 1th Asianpiad at Korea in May 2012.
21.11.2011 Statutes of Antalya on 19th of october 2011 are available for National Members and Direct Member Clubs.