Walking Club of Iowa Hosts Cedar Rapids Hike in May

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A year-round individual guided walk is already available

Those looking to explore Cedar Rapids on foot will have ample opportunity to do so next month.

The Iowa Walking Club, also known as the Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association, is hosting a guided group hike on May 7 as well as its first-ever year-round self-guided hike in Cedar Rapids. It starts at 10:30 a.m. at Kosek Band Shell in Czech Village, 70 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids.

The group-guided hike offers two options for walkers: a 5K and a 10K, said organization member and Cedar Rapids contact Jonathan Ice.

“The group’s goal is to get people out and walk together ideally,” Ice said. “We try to organize hikes so that people can go around the world and find prescribed hikes that have been set up in various communities. They are usually put in place to show off the best features of a place. We found it very useful if we are in an unfamiliar community. If there is a hike available there, we can just tap into it and exercise as well as learn more about the community.

Walkers return to NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids after their 5k walk on Thursday, June 16, 2016, as part of Meet Me at the Market. The Iowa Walking Club will host guided group hikes in Cedar Rapids on May 7 that will include the NewBo area. (The Gazette)

Iowa’s Walking Club, a volunteer-run nonprofit, was established in 1985 and today has over 150 members. Volkssporting, created in Germany, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering non-competitive walks, hikes, bike rides and swims, according to the organization’s website.

If you are going to

What: Cedar Rapids group hike hosted by Iowa’s Walking Club (5K and 10K options available)

When: Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

Or: Kosek Band Shell, Czech Village, 70 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids

Cost: $3 per hiker

The 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) route will follow the Cedar River to the city center, exploring various sites, then back to Czech Village via NewBo. There’s also a 10K option, which includes a loop around Cedar Lake, Ice said. The cost per hiker is $3.

“It’s a way to explore Cedar Rapids with other people,” Ice said. “If you get a good group of people, it can be a lot of fun. It’s a way to show and explore our home with other people or explore your own home in a different way.

If people are interested in the hike but cannot participate in the May 7 group event, the Cedar Rapids walk can be done separately through the “walk box”. The box, accessible at the main office of the Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library, contains registration information and walking instructions needed to follow the route. Alternatively, online registration is available at my.ava.org. Year-round individual walking is currently available, according to the organization’s website.

“I love walking…I’ve walked every street in Cedar Rapids,” Ice said. “It was an obsessive thing that I did. I love to explore and since I was a kid. It allows me to get out there and do that.

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