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 Club

A 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 then. 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.

2014 Schedule

  • January 4- 5 - Oneida Shores County Park
  • February 8-9 - Destiny USA
  • March 8-9 - Radisson Community
  • April 12-13 - Onondaga Community College / YMCA
  • May 17-18 - Mexico High School
  • June 14-15 - LeMoyne College
  • July 12-13 - Pratts Falls County Park
  • August 23-24 - Little York, NY
  • September 13-14 VanderKamp – Constantia, NY
    This will be our 400th Folksmarch!
  • October 11-12 - City of Oneida / YMCA
  • November 8-9 - Beaver Lake Nature Center
  • December 13-14 - Shoppingtown Mall - DeWitt