I have heard this event referred to as a “three day walk.” Will I need camping gear?
What should I carry for the walk? Do I need to take a backpack?
Are refreshments available?
How long are the circuits? Is it the same route on all days?
Can I bring my dog?
Can I do the walks in a wheelchair? And what about strollers?
Can I enter on the day of the walks?
What time should I come?
What distance should I walk?
Is it a race? (and can I run?)
Do I need to train?
Do I have to join anything to walk?
Can I get IML credit?
If I don’t want to have my AVA books stamped can I walk for free?
Q: I have heard this event referred to as a “three day walk”. Will I need camping gear?
A: No. Each day the walk starts and finishes at the same place. Once you finish walking for the day you return home to your accommodation to sleep.
Q: What should I carry for the walk? Do I need to take a backpack?
A: A large backpack is generally not necessary, but most people take a small day pack. We suggest you consider bringing the following: sunscreen, hat, water bottle (although drinks are regularly provided at the checkpoints), sunglasses, camera, a small amount of money (there are shops along all of the routes) and any snacks you might require during the walk. Some walkers on the longer routes pack a picnic lunch to eat on the way.
Q: Are refreshments available?
A: Checkpoints are placed at regular intervals and will be shown on your route maps – usually every 5km or so. Water is available at each checkpoint. Most of the walks will also pass by one or more shops and restaurants along the way.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, but . . . Many of the routes, particularly the longer ones, will pass through areas where dogs are not permitted, and, if you chose to do some sightseeing, you will not be able to take your dog into buildings.. For more explicit guidance, please visit our page that is specifically about dogs on the trail.
Q: What time should I come?
A: All walkers are required to check in prior to commencing the walk. You will also be checked back in on the completion of your walk, so if there is any reason why you need to pull out along the way, please make sure you let us know. Check the schedule for the start and finish times of the walks.
Q: Is it a race?
A: No! This is one of the unique aspects of this event. It is designed to encourage participation but still provide an individual challenge with the various distance options available. There are no additional awards to those who finish first. A small number of walkers will race walk to the finish, but most will take their time and enjoy the scenery and the company of the other walkers along the way.
Q: Do I need to train?
A: Yes! Unless you have a very good base fitness level, you will find the distances required for this event a challenge. Even if you can complete the first day without a problem, heading off on a second consecutive day adds an extra degree of difficulty. Make sure you have broken in the shoes you plan to wear and have trained appropriately for the distance you want to tackle.
Q: So I have to join anything to walk?
A: No! The walk is sanctioned by AVA, The American Volkssport Association, but you do not have to be a member to walk. There will be club volunteers at the Start Point who will be delighted to explain our program to you. You can buy a new walker packet for $5, which includes everything you need to get started, including coupons for three free walks.