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.
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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.
- January 12-13 Palace Theater/Eastwood
- February 9-10 Oneida Shores County Park
- March 9-10 Destiny USA/Creek Walk
- April 13-14 Liverpool & Onondaga Lake
- May 18-19 University Area/Oakwood
- June 15-16 Sterling Nature Center
- July 13-14 Pennellville/Rail Trail/Talooli
- August 10-11 North Syracuse
- September 14-15 Green Lakes State Park
- October 12-13 Highland Forest
- November 9-10 Beaver Lake Nature
- December 14-15 Downtown Syracuse
|1st time/Y members||Free|
Folksmarch Group TripsThe Folksmarch Walkers Club occasionally organizes group trips to tourist destinations. They're friendly, fun, and affordable. For more information, contact Walt Price.
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