Boots Made for Walkin? Join Beach Boardwalkers for “Fun, Fitness & Friendship”

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its former self, the Central Coast Beach Boardwalkers is bringing Volksmarching back to the Central Coast. Created in Germany to encourage groups to enjoy non-competitive fitness events, Volksmarching (German for People’s Walks) gives participants incentives and opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature while staying fit at the same time.

“The primary purpose is to encourage walking for the health of it, and encourage people to get out and get exercise — and walk,” shared club president Ty Fredriks. “It doesn’t have to be a big thing like marathons or race walking. You just walk at your own pace. It’s a great way to see different areas.”

With thirteen year-round events already mapped out from previous Volksmarching clubs, the Beach Boardwalkers have 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile) walks ready to go from Morro Bay all the way to Ventura that anyone can enjoy on their own schedule. The club will also feature a monthly group walk where anyone can come out and join like-minded folks for a few hours of fun, fitness, and friendship.

“When we travel, Ty and I can almost always find a Volksmarch that showcases local highlights, historic neighborhoods, or beautiful scenery.” shares Ginger Fredriks, CCBB Secretary. “Each club shares fun facts about their area, so we get to learn and exercise at the same time. Stamping our walking books gives us an incentive to get out and enjoy the world around us, and stay fit at the same time!”

The Central Coast Beach Boardwalkers meet at Giovanni’s Pizza in Orcutt (next to Albertson’s) on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm. Anyone interested in joining the CCBB is invited to meet Thursday, June 28th for the inaugural club meeting, and join the first group walk on Saturday, June 30th. Details can be found at www.beachboardwalkers.org, or call club president Ty Fredriks at 805-714-1552.