The Second Annual Arlington Christkindl Market that celebrates the festive holiday tradition held throughout Germany has added another popular German activity, the Volksmarch (“the people’s walk).
The 5K/10K non-competitive walk is Saturday, Dec. 1, and will wind past Cowboys Stadium, the Caelum Moor environmental sculpture, onto the Johnson Creek Trail, through Richard Greene and Robert Cluck linear parks, and several other nearby Arlington sites of interest.
The Volksmarch is sanctioned by the American Volkswalk Association and hosted by the Tarrant County Walkers organization.
It starts at the Arlington Visitors’ Center, 1905 E. Randol Mill Rd., southeast of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, at 9:30 a.m., but walkers may start the route any time between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The walk concludes at 3:30 p.m. at the Christkindl Market. “It’s truly a walk in the park because it’s for sheer enjoyment,” said Arlington City Councilwoman Sheri Capehart, who is a member of the Volksmarch planning committee. “The route takes walkers through several beautiful areas they may not have seen before.”
The Runner of Arlington is the Volksmarch sponsor and will give a special commemorative gift to the first 100 walkers.
Advance registration is not required, and participation is free except for those wishing to obtain a custom-designed, commemorative medal who will pay $6. The event is eligible for credit toward IVV Achievement Awards and those wishing this credit pay a $3 fee.
More information is available on the Tarrant County Walkers website, on the Volksmarch Facebook page or can be downloaded here.Parking for the Volksmarch is free as is admission to the market which is on the north side of the Ballpark.
Commemorative Volksmarch medals are available for $6.
(Article contributed by Donna Darovich)