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Take a hike

Your guide to volksmarching in and around the U.S. Army Garrisons Baumholder and Wiesbaden

By Donald Seltzer

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Volksmarch Editor

 

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Volksmarching notes

 

♠ New this year, and replacing the worldwide IVV calendar, is the IVV-Europa 2015 Calendar. This volksmarching calendar provides event information in 19 European countries, to include Germany, and is available for 10 from the DVV Awards Officer. Small, pocket-sized calendars for France, Luxembourg, and Belgium may be available for 2 or 3 at events in those countries.

♠ This writer bids a fond farewell to another of my longtime editors, Chrystal Smith, as she moves to a new position Stateside. She was always quick with a smile and a friendly comment even when I pushed my deadline a bit too far. Thanks for all of your support.

♠ Got a comment? Found something you’d like to correct? Want to change ‘unknown’ to a useful trail description? Write me at volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Feedback.”

♠ Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an email message to volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Getting Started HU.”

♠ Many thanks to volksmarcher James Meredith for providing event brochures.

♠  Take a moment to grab a set of brochures from the Werber table and send them via no-cost MPS to Donald Seltzer, PSC 2 Box 10684, APO AE 09012.

♠ The postal code is included in the listings for readers using navigation devices. Autobahn exit numbers are being added for those without such devices.

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♠ Look for additional event choices at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/hunion/Takeahike.htm.

 

Weekend of Feb. 28-March 1

Greifenstein-Beilstein (35753) -- This Sunday-only event is west of Giessen and a bit distant for all but the most dedicated wanderers. Those seeking a challenge will find it here with a 42-km trail, Germany’s second marathon of the year. From Giessen use B-49 west to Biskirchen and an unnumbered 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. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Use the Raststätte Limburg-West/B-54/B-49 exit, and take B-49 toward Wetzlar. At Löhnberg, pick up a minor road to Niedershausen and Odersberg to reach Beilstein.
Start: Sportheim 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: None (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon).

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 KMC area. Reader Janice Lukacsko described one of the club’s recent events as having a “picturesque trail -- the first half runs pretty much along the river.” From the KMC, 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.

Hermesdorf (54636) -- If you have a reason to drive to Bitburg, then consider participating in this event northwest of the base housing area and near Stausee Bitburg (Bitburg Reservoir). Readers making the drive will find four trails of various distances winding through the picturesque area. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 3, 48, 1 and 60 toward Koblenz and Wittlich, exit at Landsheid and take B-50 to Bitburg. Follow IVV signs and roads toward Wißmannsdorf and Hermesdorf. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 62, 1 and 60 north to exit at Landscheid, take B-50 to Bitburg and connect with a minor road toward Wißmannsdorf and Hermesdorf. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1 and 60 toward Trier and Wittlich. Exit at Landscheid, use B-50 through Bitburg and connect with a road toward Wißmannsdorf and Hermesdorf. And from Bitburg, well, most of the trails are longer than this drive. Use B-51 and B-50 to make your way west of the city, then pick up a secondary road to the start at Hermesdorf.
Start: Westeifelwerke at Unter den Birken 2 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 and 20 km) Trail: Expect hilly, wooded areas; 6-km trail is stroller-friendly Award: None.

Keispelt, Luxembourg (L-8293) -- This event is north of Luxembourg City, making it about an hour’s drive from the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area. From those communities, use B-257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. After crossing the Sauer River and entering Luxembourg, wind your way through town using Rue du Pont and Rue de la Montagne to reach Rue de Luxembourg. Continue on that road to Lauterbuer, then connect with CR118 to Berschbach. Briefly use CR123 to then follow CR102 to the start at Keispelt.
Start: Salle de Musique on Rue Pierre Dupong Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Mondelange, France (57300) -- This event is north of Metz and roughly a 90-minute drive from the KMC. The A4 toll road to Metz takes you past St. Avold and its American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320 and A4 toward Metz. Connect with A31 toward Thionville and, at Mondelange (37), exit toward D8. Follow IVV signs to the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and connect with Autobahn A-64 to Luxembourg City; after crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south and connect with A3 toward Metz and A31 toward Thionville. Exit at Mondelange (37) to follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Gymnase Marcel Cerdan Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Neufgrange, France (57910) -- This French event is found due south of Saarbrücken and Sarreguemines. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 620 to Saarbrücken, then take the B-51 exit toward Sarreguemines. At Kleinblittersdorf (and just before Auersmacher), cross the Saar River into France and pick up N61 south to Hambach. Connect with D99 and D119A to reach Neufgrange.
Start: Salle des Sports at 7, Rue du Stade Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Wimmenau, France (67290) -- Here’s a volksmarch that requires more than a bit of driving -- it's a little less than 90 minutes from the KMC -- but provides an opportunity to explore the sort-of-nearby town of Haguenau or the historic city of Strasbourg. The event is south of Zweibrücken and Bitche, France. From the KMC, use B-270 south toward Pirmasens, then use a minor road to connect with Autobahns 62 and 8 toward Pirmasens and Zweibrücken. Exit at Contwig (34) and use a secondary road past the airport and to the border. Continue on D35A after crossing into France, then continue south using D620, D662, D37, D12 and D919 to reach Wimmenau and the start.
Start: Salle polyvalente on Rue du Stade Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of March 7-8

Düppenweiler (66701) -- This walk is a bit distant, but still reachable, with its location northwest of Saarbrücken and northeast of Saarlouis. As an incentive for challenge-seeking wanderers, the club offers their first 30-km trail as well as a half-marathon route. From the Baumholder area, use Autobahns 62 and 1 toward Nonnwieler and Saarbrücken, exit at Eppelborn (141) and use B-10 and B-269 past Lebach. Connect with a minor road at Bettstadt to Piesbach and Düppenweiler. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 1 toward Saarbrücken and Trier. Exit at Eppelborn (141) to use B-10, B-269 and the same minor roads to reach the start.
Start: Kulter- und Sporthalle on Pfarrer-Gierend-Straße Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (10 km), 7-11:30 a.m. (21 km) and 7-10 a.m. (30 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (10 km), 7-11:30 a.m. (21 km) Trail: Unknown, but expect hilly trails, woods Award: None.

Herborn (35724) -- Here's a walk with a Geocaching activity as well as a half-marathon for wanderers still in the Giessen area; readers elsewhere will put in road-time to satisfy late winter volksmarching habits. From Giessen take Autobahn 45 in the direction of Herborn and Siegen. Use the Herborn-West exit and follow IVV signs to reach the start. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, 5 toward Hannover, and 45 toward Giessen. Exit at Herborn-West (26) and use B-255 toward Herborn. Follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Festsaal Vitos-Klinik at Austraße 40 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 21 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trails: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.

Mertert, Luxembourg (L-6686) -- This event is down the road from Trier and just across the border making it a reasonably easy drive from the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area as well as the KMC. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 64 to the border. Continue onto Autoroute A1 to the Mertert exit (14). Follow IVV signs to Mertert and the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 west to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue west on Autoroute A1. Exit at Mertert (14) and follow signs to the town.
Start: Centre Culturel Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Sarre-Union, France (67260) -- This French volksmarch, found south of Saarbrücken and Saarguemines, is about an hour-and-a-quarter drive from the KMC. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken, then briefly connect with Autobahn 620. Take the B-51 exit toward Güdingen and the border. At Auersmacher, use a minor road (L253) to cross the Saar river and enter France. Continue using N61A, N61, D661, D1061, and D8 to reach the start at Sarre-Union.
Start: Salle de la Corderie on Rue Vincent d’Indy
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km)
Trail: Unknown
Award: None.

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. From the KMC, head north about 45 km on B-270 to Sien and the start.
Start: Turnhalle at Kirner Straße 6 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: None.

Weekend of March 14-15

Brouch (Mersch), Luxembourg (L-7416) -- This event, north-northwest of Luxembourg City, is roughly an hour’s drive from Bitburg and a two-hour drive from the KMC. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternacherbruck and the border. Pick up N11/E29 in Luxembourg to connect with CR118 at Lauterbuer. Use CR118 through Larochette to Berschbach, then pick up N8 to Brouch and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue on Motorway A1/E44 toward Luxembourg City, exit onto A7/E29 toward Echternach, exit onto CR126 and CR 125 to Walferdange. Connect with N7 north toward Lintgen, then pick up A7 toward Mersch. Use Exit 4 to pick up N8 toward Reckange/Saeul and follow that to the start at Brouch.
Start: Hall an der Koll (Stade Feidt Frères) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Buding, France (57920) -- This event is east of Thionville and a little over a 90-minute drive from the KMC. Volksmarchers will find the event easily reached via autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 620 to Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. Exit Saarlouis-Mitte (3) to connect with B-405 toward Metz. Once across the border, use D918 to Kédange-sur-Canner, then use D2 to Buding and the start.
Start: École primaire Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Grolsheim (55459) -- This walk is just south of Bingen and offers a variety of trail lengths, to include a Saturday marathon celebrating the club’s 60th event. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, take the St. Goar exit to connect with B-9, and then the Gensingen exit to pick up B-50. From there, head south toward Bad Kreuznach and follow IVV signs to the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and follow B-41 to Gensingen, and B-50 to Grolsheim and the start.
Start: Nahelandhalle at Aspisheimer Weg 32 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (20 and 30 km) and 7-9 a.m. (42 km) 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 or certificate and patch (marathon).

Meix-devant-Virton, Belgium (B-6769) -- This event is southwest of Arlon and not far from the French border. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Bitburg. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1 and A6 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south and west. Continue on A6 to the Belgian border, and then on the A4/E25 to the Habay exit (29). Take N87 south past Étalle, then use the Arlon exit for N875 toward Virton. Use minor roads westward to reach and connect with N88 north to Meix-devant-Virton and the start.
Start: Salle Nova on Ruelle Perdue Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 12, 20 and 30 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Moineville, France (54580) -- This event is northwest of Metz and roughly a 90-minute drive from the KMC. The A4 toll road to Metz takes you past St. Avold and its American Military Cemetery and worth a visit. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320/E50 and A4/E25 toward Metz and Thionville. Exit at Saint Marie (34) and use D181A, D643, D181, D136, and D130 to the start at Moineville. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, it’s also a 90-minute drive that begins by heading south on B-51 to Neuhaus and connecting with Autobahn A-64 toward Luxembourg City. After crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south and connect with A3/E25 toward Metz and, once in France, A31/E25 toward Thionville. Exit onto A4/E50 (toll road) toward Verdun, then use the Saint Marie exit (34). Take D181A, D643, D181, D136, and D130 to reach Moineville.
Start: Base de loisirs de Serry Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (10 and 15 km) and 7-11 a.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Petite Rosselle, France (57540) -- This event is on the French border southwest of Saarbrücken and north of St. Avold. Volksmarchers will find the event easily reached via autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken toward the border, continuing toward Metz as it becomes A320/E50 in France. Use the Forbach exit (42) and follow D31E and D31 to the start at Petite Rosselle.
Start: Espace La Concorde Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Reichstett, France (67116) -- This event is between Strasbourg and Haguenau, making a side visit to either of these places relatively easy. Somewhat unusual is the walk takes place on both weekend days making shopping a possibility. It’s about an hour-and-three-quarters drive from the KMC but most of it is on the autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 61 toward Karlsruhe and 65 toward Landau. Exit at Kandel-Süd (22) to use B-9 south to the border, and continue on French Autoroute A35. Exit at Hoerdt (49) to use the secondary roadD37 to the start at Reichstett.
Start: Complexe sportif on Rue de Picardie Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

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. From the KMC, use Autobahns 62, 1 and 602 to Trier. From the Bitburg and Spangdahlem area, use Autobahns 60, 1, and 602 to Trier. Trier-Ehrang has its own exit off of Autobahn 602 as drivers approach Trier. Watch carefully for IVV 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.

Völklingen-Lauterbach (66333) -- This walk is southwest of Saarbrücken and literally on the French border. The event should be within volksmarching range of wanderers in the KMC and easily reached in slightly more than an hour. Use Autobahns 6 and 620 past Saarbrücken and toward Saarlouis. Exit at Geislautern (8) and take the secondary road through Geislautern and Ludweiler to the start at Lauterbach.
Start: Lauterbachhalle at Fröbelstraße 3 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 16 km) Trail: Expected to be somewhat hilly, wooded areas Award: None.

Weekend of March 21-22

Aschbach bei Lebach (66822) -- This event, due north of Saarbrücken, is about 45 minutes from Baumholder and slightly less than an hour from the KMC. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 62 and 1 toward Nonnwieler and Saarbrücken, then exit at Tholey (140). Take B-269 to Aschbach and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 8 and 1 toward Saarbrücken and Trier. Exit at Tholey (140) and follow B-269 to Aschbach.
Start: Mehrzweckhalle on Koblenzer Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Hilly trails, woods and some fields Award: None.

Hahnstätten (65623) -- This event is directly south of Limburg and offers a marathon trail for challenge-seeking participants. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Exit at Bad Camberg (44) and follow a secondary road through Beuerbach, Ohren, Kirberg and Kaltenholzhausen and Hahnstätten. IVV signs will take you through the nearby town of Lohrheim to the start.
Start: Bürgerhaus at Austraße 5 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 11 and 20 km) and 7-9 a.m. (42 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods Award: None (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon).

Jalhay, Belgium (B-4845) -- This Belgian event is southeast of Verviers, and is slightly more than an hour’s drive from Bitburg. From Bitburg, use B-51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Continue on A27/E42 after crossing into Belgium and exit at Spa (8). Use a series of secondary roads -- B601, N640, N629, and N672 -- to loop back around north across A27 and on to Jalhay and the start.
Start: Salle de la Jeunesse at Rue de la Fagne, 11 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4, 6, 12 and 21 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Sticker.

Kirn-Sulzbach (55606) -- This scenic walk with a variety of trail lengths is literally just down the road from Idar-Oberstein and easily reached. From Baumholder, use minor roads to reach Idar-Oberstein and B-41, continuing toward Bad Kreuznach to reach the start at Kirn-Sulzbach. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn A-60 to Bad Kreuznach and continue west on B-41. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 toward Trier, and exit at Birkenfeld (4). Take B-41 through Idar-Oberstein to reach Kirn-Sulzbach.
Start: Gasthaus Collet at Oldenburgerstr. 2 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trails: Hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

Niederanven, Luxembourg (L-6906) -- This event is east of Luxembourg City and a bit less than a 90-minute drive from the KMC, and about a 40-minute drive from the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area. From Bitburg, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 west to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue west toward Luxembourg City on Autoroute A1. Exit at Munsbach (11) and use CR132 to reach the start. From the KMC, take Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62, 1 and 602 to Trier; exit at Trier-Ehrang (2). Pick up B-52 to connect with Autobahn 64 to Luxembourg. Cross the border and continue on Autoroute A1 toward Luxembourg City, then exit at Munsbach (11). Use CR132 to reach the start at Niederanven.
Start: Centre de Loisir Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Rhaunen (55624) -- This walk is in the Hunsrück region west of Bingen, an area well known for its scenic beauty and year-round series of walking trails. Trail lengths of 42- and 50-kilometers are offered to challenge-seeking wanderers as are three Mountain Bike trails (which do not offer IVV credit). From Wiesbaden, take Autobahns 60 and 61 toward Bingen and Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and follow B-50 and B-421 to Kirchberg, then continue through Dickenschied, Rohrbach and Woppenroth to reach Rhaunen on a secondary road. From Baumholder, use the minor roads skirting the training area to reach B-420. Head in the direction of Bad Kreuznach to B-270 and B-41 to Kirn. Connect with a secondary road through Hahnenbach and Bundenbach to Rhaunen.
Start: Idarwaldhalle at Am Sonnenschlicher 5 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7-11 a.m. (21 and 30 km km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), 6:30-8 a.m. (50 km) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (25, 35 and 50 km mountain bike without IVV credit) Trails: Hilly, mostly woods Award: From previous events (shorter routes) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

Weekend of March 28-29
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night!

Differten (66787) -- This walk is west of Saarbrücken. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 620 past Saarbrücken and toward Saarlouis. Exit at Wadgassen (4b) and use minor roads through Wadgassen to the start at Differten.
Start: Bisttalhalle on Pater-Lorson-Straße Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (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.

Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (L-9068) -- This event is southwest of Bitburg and about an hour’s drive from there. From Bitburg, use B-257 to Echternacherbrück and the border. Cross the Sûre river into Luxembourg and connect with N10, following that as it parallels the river to Reisdorf. After crossing the river again, continue on D19 to Diekirch and pick up D7 to Ettelbruck and the start.
Start: Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck at 71, avenue Salentiny Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Kappel (55483) -- This event is in the scenic Hunsrück region west of Bingen, not far from Hahn airport. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45), take B-50 toward Simmern and Kirchberg, and use B-421 to reach Kappel. From Baumholder, take secondary roads to Birkenfeld and pick up B-269 headed north to Morbach. Connect with B-327 and B-50 to Kirchberg, then take B-421 to Kappel and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 north toward Trier, exit at Birkenfeld (4), and take B-269 and B-327 through Morbach. Continue onto B-50 to Kirchberg and connect with B-421 to the start at Kappel.
Start: Gemeindehalle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly trails, fields and woods Award: From previous events.

Mossautal-Hüttenthal (64756) -- This event is in the beautiful Odenwald southeast of Darmstadt and offers 33- and 42-km trails in addition to the usual distances. Good weather will make this a pleasant trip. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 671, 60 and 67 to Darmstadt, then connect with Autobahn 5 toward Basel. Exit at Heppenheim (31) and take B-460 toward Erbach. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Mannheim, then continue southward on A6 at Viernheim. Connect with A659 to Weinheim, then continue onto B-38 to Lorzenbach and B-460 to the start at Hüttenthal.
Start: Sporthalle at Güttersbacher Straße 4 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 7-11 a.m. (33 km) and 6:30-9 a.m. (42) Trail: Very hilly, mostly woods Award: None or patch, certificate and beer glass (marathon).

Talange, France (57525) -- This event is north of Metz and a long drive from the KMC, but one which takes you past St. Avold and its American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320/E50 and A4/E25 toward Metz. Connect with A31/E25 north of Metz in the direction Thionville and exit at Talange (36). Follow IVV signs to the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to connect with Autobahn A-64 to Luxembourg City; after crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1/E44. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south and connect with A3/E25 toward Metz and, in France, A31/E25 toward Thionville. Exit at Talange (36) to follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Salle Maurice Baquet on Place des fêtes Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10, 15 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Easter Monday, April 6

Florange, France (57190) -- This holiday event is roughly midway between Metz and Luxembourg city. The drive from the KMC will take at least 90 minutes but it does offer the opportunity to stop at St. Avold for a visit to the beautiful, but sobering, American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320/E50 and A4/E25 (toll road with automated collection points) toward Metz. Connect with A31 toward Thionville and A30 toward Longwy. Take exit 2 in the direction of Florange and follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Complexe de Bétange Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Wednesday, April 8

Mainz-Gonsenheim (55124) -- This midweek walk is easily reached via autobahn and is just north of Mainz. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 643 to cross the Schiersteiner Bridge (if it’s been reopened; otherwise, I don’t know what to tell you) and exit at Mainz-Gonsenheim. Follow IVV signs or tape leading to the start. Start: Karl-Geib-Haus at Kapellenstraße 44 Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Flat, mostly stroller-friendly trails, woods. Award: None.

Meisenthal, France (57960) -- This Wednesday French event is south of Zweibrücken and, with good weather, a great reason to call in sick and take the kids on a walk. The drive from the KMC should be scenic but long. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Contwig (34) in the direction of Bitche. Continue on a secondary road to the border to connect with D35A in France, heading south toward Bitche. Pick up and use D620, D37 through Gretzenbruck, and D83 to the start at Meisenthal.
Start: Salle des fêtes at Place de la Poste Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of April 11-12

Consdorf, Luxembourg (L-6213) -- This event is roughly a half-hour’s drive from Bitburg, and located about midway between there and Luxembourg City. The trails will lead wanderers among and though rock formations. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. Pick up N11/E29 in Luxembourg to connect with CR118 at Lauterbuer. Use CR118 to reach the start at Consdorf.
Start: Centre culturel Kuerzwénkel on route de Berdorf Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Rhaunen (55624) -- This walk is in the Hunsrück region west of Bingen, an area well known for its scenic beauty and year-round series of walking trails. Trail lengths of 42- and 50-kilometers are offered to challenge-seeking wanderers as are three Mountain Bike trails (which do not offer IVV credit). From Wiesbaden, take Autobahns 60 and 61 toward Bingen and Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and follow B-50 and B-421 to Kirchberg, then continue through Dickenschied, Rohrbach and Woppenroth to reach Rhaunen on a secondary road. From Baumholder, use the minor roads skirting the training area to reach B-420. Head in the direction of Bad Kreuznach to B-270 and B-41 to Kirn. Connect with a secondary road through Hahnenbach and Bundenbach to Rhaunen.
Start: Idarwaldhalle at Am Sonnenschlicher 5 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7-11 a.m. (21 and 30 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), 6:30-8 a.m. (50 km) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (25, 35 and 50 km mountain bike without IVV credit) Trails: Hilly, mostly woods Award: From previous events (shorter routes) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

Sprendlingen (55576) -- Look for this event south of Bingen. From Wiesbaden, Mainz and points east use Autobahns 60 to Bingen and 61 south toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Gau-Bickelheim (52) and follow IVV signs to the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Gau-Bickelheim (52) and follow signs to the start hall.
Start: Wißberghalle at Stettiner Straße 1 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Stroller-friendly on 5 km; otherwise hilly, woods Award: None Note: Dogs are not permitted in the start hall.

Wednesday, April 15

Hohenöllen/Pfalz (67744) -- This midweek event is closest to Baumholder and Kaiserslautern and, dependent upon an understanding boss, the start times may accommodate workers from those areas. From Baumholder, head east toward Lauterecken using the unnumbered road bordering the training area to reach B-420 at Rathsweiler. Take B-420 to Lauterecken, then B-270 south to Heinzenhausen to pick up another secondary road a short distance to Hohenöllen. From Kaiserslautern, use B-420 north toward Lauterecken to Heinzenhausen and the minor road to the start.
Start: Radsporthalle at Am Heidchen 6 Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cycling) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly walking trails, woods and fields; 30-km asphalt cycling trail Award: None.

Weekend of April 18-19

Falck, France (57550) -- This event is southwest of Saarlouis and just across the French border; a little more than an hour’s drive from Kaiserslautern. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 past Saarbrücken and 620 toward Saarlouis. Exit at Ensdorf (4b) in the direction of Überherrn and pick up B-269n toward Creutzwald and the border. After crossing into France, continue on N33 and D23B toward the start at Falck.
Start: Salle Rémy Schaefer Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Larochette, Luxembourg (L-7619) -- This event brings volksmarchers north of Luxembourg City. Expect the drive to be under an hour from Bitburg. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 south to Echternach and the border. Pick up N11/E29 in Luxembourg to connect with CR118 at Lauterbuer. Continue on CR118 through Consdorf and Christnach to the start at Larochette.
Start: Centre Culturel on rue de Medernach Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Spabrücken (55595) -- This event, in the Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, is northwest of Bad Kreuznach and southwest of Bingen, and should be easily reached. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 and 61 past Bingen, then exit at Waldlaubersheim (47). Follow a minor road through Schweppenhausen and Schöneberg to reach the start at Spabrücken. From the KMC, expect a 70-minute drive using Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) to pick up B-41 toward Idar-Oberstein. At Rüdesheim an der Nahe, take the exit off of B-41 heading toward Stromberg and use secondary roads leading to Spabrücken and the start.
Start: Soonwaldhalle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

Wiesbaden-Frauenstein (65201) -- This event is billed as the Cherry Blossom Walk. With its location near the Wiesbaden Garrison’s Rheinblick Golf Course, consider tossing your clubs in the trunk and get some practice in at the driving range or putting green after walking the trails. Use Autobahn 66 to reach Wiesbaden; continue westbound on A-66 to the Frauenstein exit (2). Follow IVV signs on the minor road leading to Frauenstein and Alfred-Delp-Straße.
Start: Alfred-Delp-Schule at Alfred-Delp-Str. 53 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail:Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, wooded areas and neighborhoods Award: None.

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 follow B-41 toward Kirn. Pick up a secondary road at Waldböckelheim to head northwest to Bockenau. From Baumholder, use the road adjacent to the training area to reach B-420 toward Bad Kreuznach. Connect with B-270 toward Idar-Oberstein and B-41 toward Bad Kreuznach. Pick up the secondary road at Waldböckelheim that leads to the start at 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.

Hattenhof (36119) -- Volksmarchers will find picturesque walking and cycling trails at this event just south of Fulda. The drive from Wiesbaden is a little less than 90 minutes. From Fulda use B-27 south to Rothemann and a secondary road leading to Hattenhof. From Hanau and points west take the Fulda-Süd exit of Autobahn 7 to head toward Rothemann and Hattenhof. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 and 3 past Frankfurt Airport. Use the Hanau exit (54) to take B-54 north toward Fulda, then bear right at the fork onto B-43a toward Fulda. Merge onto A-66 and continue toward Fulda until the Neuhof-Süd exit (51) where you’ll follow IVV signs on secondary roads to the start.
Start: Bürgerhaus on Kerzeller Straße Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (20 km, plus cycling) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km, plus cycling) Trails: Fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

Linger, Luxembourg (L-4797) -- This event is west-southwest of Luxembourg City with the drive slightly less than two hours from the KMC and much less from Bitburg. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken, Saarlouis, Merzig and Perl. Continue across the border onto Autoroute A13 west toward Luxembourg City, Esch-sur-Alzette and Pétange. Connect onto N31 and follow IVV signs a short distance to the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 to cross the Luxembourg border, continue on Autoroutes A1 toward Luxembourg City, A4 and A6 to skirt the southern side of Luxembourg City, A4 toward Esch-sur-Alzette, and A13 to Pétange. Connect onto N31 and follow IVV signs to Linger and the start.
Start: Centre Sociétaire at 20, rue de la Libération Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 11 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Friday, May 1

Hagondange, France (57525) -- This European holiday event is north of Metz and roughly a 90-minute drive from the KMC. The A4 toll road to Metz takes you past St. Avold and its American Military Cemetery. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border. Continue on French Autoroutes A320 and A4 toward Metz. Connect with A31 toward Thionville and exit at Talange (36). Follow IVV signs to the start at Hagondange. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to connect with Autobahn A-64 to Luxembourg City; after crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south and connect with A3 toward Metz and A31 toward Thionville. Exit at Mondelange (37) to follow IVV directional signs to the start.
Start: Salle des Fêtes Paul Lamm Friday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Leudelange, Luxembourg (L-3361) -- This event brings volksmarchers to Luxembourg on the European Workers’ Day holiday, this time southwest of Luxembourg City. It’s a long drive from the KMC (about 1 hour 45 minutes) but should be easily done using autobahns. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken, Saarlouis and Merzig to the border at Perl. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue west on Autoroute A13 to connect with the A4 toward Luxembourg City. Use the Leudelange Sud exit (2) and follow secondary roads to the start. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use Autobahns 60, 1, and 602 to Trier. Use the Trier-Ehrang exit to connect with A-64 to Luxembourg City; after crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Bypass Luxembourg City to the south using B1 to connect with A4, then exit at Leudelange Nord (1) to follow secondary roads to the start. IVV signs should be available after exiting the autoroute.
Start: Hall Omnisports at 7, place des Martyrs Friday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of May 2-3

Itzig, Luxembourg (L-5957) -- This event is southeast of Luxembourg City and about a 90-minute drive from the KMC, and less than an hour’s drive from the Bitburg/Spangdahlem area. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-51 south to Neuhaus. Take Autobahn 64 west to cross the Luxembourg border, then continue west toward Luxembourg City on Autoroute A1. Exit at Sandweiler (7) and use N7, CR234 and CR159 to the town of Itzig. From the KMC, take Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 to Luxembourg. Cross the border and continue on Autoroute A13 to Luxembourg City, then exit at Frisange (10). Use N3 and CR159 to reach the start at Iztig.
Start: Centre Sportif at 2, Rue de l’École Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: 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 cylcling 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.

Thursday, May 14

Ebernhahn/Westerwald (56424) -- This German holiday event is northeast of Limburg. Use Autobahn 3's Montabaur (40) or Ransbach-Baumbach (38) exits. IVV signs will direct drivers on minor roads for the few miles to the start.
Start: Rosenheckhalle on Dernbacher Straße Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Stroller-friendly (5 km), hilly, mostly woods Award: None.

Weekend of May 16-17

Heusweiler (66265) -- This event is north of Saarbrücken and just off of Autobahn 8, making it easily reached from the KMC. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis and exit at Heusweiler (16). From Baumholder, use Autobahn 62 toward Trier. Connect with Autobahn 1 toward Saarbrücken and Autobahn 8 toward Saarlouis. Exit at Heusweiler (16) and follow signs to the start.
Start: Friedrich-Schiller-Schule at Schillerstr. 65 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.

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.

Weekend of May 23-25

Beaufort, Luxembourg (L-6312) -- This event, held on Saturday and Whit Monday, is southwest of Bitburg and just a few kilometers from the German border. The club celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday. The drive from the Bitburg area is about 45 minutes; from the KMC, it’s an hour longer. The town is home to a historic castle built in the mid-1600s. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 toward the Luxembourg border. Exit at Trier (3) to pick up B-51 to Newel. Connect with a minor road (L42) and B-418 to skirt the border and Sauer river to Echternacherbrück. Cross the border into Luxembourg and pick up N10 to Dillingen. Take CR364 the rest of the way to Beaufort. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B-257 west to the border. At Echternacherbrück, cross into Luxembourg and pick up N10 to Dillingen. From there, take CR364 to Beaufort and the start.
Start: Kummelsbau Saturday and Monday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: 6-km trail is stroller-friendly; otherwise, unknown Award: None.

Weekend of May 30-31

Bingen-Kempten (55411) -- Easily reached via autobahn, the Bingen-Kempten event offers a scenic view of the Rhine river. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz and 60 toward Bingen, then exit at Bingen-Gaulsheim (14), and follow a secondary road with IVV signs to the start.
Start: Sportheim Hassia at Mainzer Straße 197 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly, mostly fields with some woods Award: None.

Rennerod (56477) -- Despite the hour-long drive, wanderers who can enjoy this walk will find it in the pretty Hoher Westerwald region of central Germany. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Use the Raststätte Limburg-West/B-54 exit, and take B-54 toward Siegen. Continue on B-54 until the start at Rennerod.

Start: Westerwaldhalle at Westerwaldstraße 8 Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Hilly, wooded areas Award: None.

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