A FRIENDLY
WALK

Walking in Central New York isn't always easy, but we've been doing it every month for more than 30 years because it's a healthy activity that brings people together. And strengthening community is what the Y does best.

Parent's Night Out

Folksmarch Walking Group


Folksmarch is a non-competitive walking event conducted monthly for people of all ages and abilities here in Central New York. Folksmarching began in October 1981 under the leadership of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse and has been conducted every month since . It began as an Americanization of the European "Volksmarche," or people's walk.

Folksmarches are generally held on the second weekend every month. Walk anytime between 8 am and 11 am on Saturday, and from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday of the event. Participants walk at their own pace, and the purpose is strictly for fun, fellowship and exercise. The route distances are a choice of either 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles). Routes vary at each location, but normally include a combination of paved walkways and natural settings. Routes are marked and a map is provided to each walker. A shorter modified route is always available to those who choose not to walk the longer distances.

2015 Schedule

  • January 17th (Saturday only) - Oneida Shores
  • February 14-15 - Destiny
  • March 14-15 - Liverpool/Onondaga Lake Park
  • April 11-12 - Ryder Park-Dewitt
  • May 16-17 - Beak and Skiff Orchards
  • June 20-21 - City of Auburn
  • July 11-12 - City of Fulton
  • August 8-9 - YMCA Camp Iroquois
  • September 12-13 - Camillus Canal Park
  • October 10-11 - Green Lakes State Park
  • November 14-15 - Beaver Lake
  • December 12-13 - Village of Cazenovia