Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the YRE Start Box host may be closed. You may want to verify the host's status prior to leaving for the Box.
The AVA Atlantic Region Conference has been canceled.
A train derailment has temporarily closed the pedestrian bridge across the Potomac River from
Harpers Ferry, WV to the C&O Canal towpath. This affects all C&O towpath and Appalachian Trail
walks in the vicinity of the bridge. For more information please click
The Maryland Volkssport Association (MVA) is the official representative within Maryland of the
national, American Volkssport Assocation (AVA), and international, Internationaler Volkssportverband
(International Federation of Popular Sports) (IVV) walking associations. The primary purpose of the
MVA is to promote the continuation and expansion of volkssporting. Volkssporting involves sponsoring,
promoting, conducting, and participating in primarily walking events which are non-competitive and
family-oriented. Volkssporting means family-oriented walking, biking, and swimming events.
The MVA works closely with the AVA's Atlantic Region Director to ensure that the rules, regulations
and policies of the IVV and AVA are followed by the MVA clubs.
The primary goal of the MVA is to promote Volkssporting events by its member clubs. Other goals
increasing public awareness of volksevents through publicity
increasing the number of participants in events
encouraging and aiding the formation of volkssport clubs
increasing/maintaining/facilitating communications among members and affiliate clubs
providing a conduit for member clubs to have "one voice" to address issues with the Atlantic
Region Director and/or the national headquarters of the AVA, and with other state organizations.