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Walking Howard County

Site last updated on March 2020

Who we are

The Columbia Volksmarch Club (CVC) is a walking Club in Howard County, Maryland, USA. Formed in December, 1984, the CVC is a member of the Maryland Volkssport Association (MVA) under the authority of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) in the International Federation of Popular Sports ( IVV). The primary purpose of the club is to promote good health through sports that family members of all ages can participate in and have fun doing.

Volkssports are non-competitive outdoor fitness events where a participant walks (jogs or runs), bikes, swims, rollerblades a marked or mapped route at his/her own pace. The most popular is the Volksmarch, a 10KM (6.2 mile) walking event. Frequently we offer shorter distance options such as 5KM (3.1 mile) walking events. The routes are often scenic, historic or of special interest. Volkssports are great recreational activities for the whole family.

The CVC is a non-profit organization. We donate any excess funds each year to county / state park services and to community groups that share our interest in promoting good health through exercise.

Where we are

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 2020 Regular Events

 Spring Walk to the College  – Saturday April 18, 2020 -- Arbutus, Maryland POSTPONED COVID19

End of Spring Walk in the Park – Saturday
June 13, 2020 - Schooley Mill Park POSTPONED COVID19

 Summer Walk in the Park – Saturday July 11, 2020 - Centennial Park

Fall Walk in Harpers Choice Village and Cedar Lane Park - Saturday November 7, 2020

2020 Year Round Events Click for YRE Brochure

CVC offers SEVEN Year Round Events (YREs)

Trails from five starting locations: Four trails in the Villages of Columbia, two trails in Ellicott City and one trail in Sykesville.

There are 5km trail options on all trails (including alternate  trail at the Columbia Mall Outdoor).

Columbia trails start at:
Starbucks at Columbia Mall (walk inside or outside), Feet First in Wilde Lake for Wilde Lake,  and McDonalds of King's Contrivance for King's Contrivance & Patuxent Branch Trail and Lake Elkhorn.

Ellicott City trails start at:
Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City, 3000 Milltowne Drive (formerly Mt. Ida Drive), Ellicott City, MD 21043 where you will need to drive to different walk starting locations for the Centennial Lake trails.

Sykesville trail starts at
French Twist Cafe 732 Oklahoma Ave Sykesville MD

View Maryland YRE's in a larger map
Due to COVID-19 Virus, Several of the CVC registration places are temporary closed.
McDonalds (Lake Elkhorn & Kings Contrivance), Roger Carter Center (Ellicott CIty & Centennial Lake), Starbucks Columbia Mall

Links to the CVC YRE walk directions are below.

Please note if you use the directions while the Start Point is closed, you will not be a participant in the walk until you later register and sign the American Volkssport Association athletic waiver which is only available at the registration point.

Lake Elkhorn
Kings Contrivance
Ellicott City
Centennial Lake
Columbia Mall Outdoor
Wilde Lake/HCC

Meetings - Usually the 2nd Monday of the Month

The CVC meetings are usually scheduled on the second Monday night of the month. The meetings start at 7:00 pm in community centers or various officers and members houses. The meetings usually last about 90 minutes. Our meeting schedule for 2020 is:

CVC Newsletter

See a sample of the monthly CVC Newsletter.

How to join

It is simple to join the CVC. Membership is only $10 for individuals or families. Just provide your name(s), address, phone and e-mail address. Mail information on the membership application and a check made out to CVC to:

9701 Softwater Way
Columbia, MD 21046-1815

As a member, you will receive the newsletter which will provide you with an up-to-date schedule of volkssporting events in the Atlantic Region (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia), as well as an account of club activities. Club meetings are held monthly and are open to club members and non-members alike.

Officers & other responsible people

President: John Dye, (410) 290-6510,
Vice-President: OPEN: temporary coerced acting VP – Ron Looper, (410) 969-8661
Secretary: Karen Dye, (410) 290-6510
Treasurer: Paul Lubell, (443) 612-9956
TrailMeister: Tony Willoughby, (410) 461-5758
Newsletter Editor: John Dye,(410) 290-6510
Volunteer Coordinator: Ron Looper, (410) 969-8661
Membership: Linda Toole, (301) 498-5936


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Villages of Columbia

Links to other AVA/IVV pages

Internationaler Volkssportverband(IVV) – in English - International Federation of Popular Sports

American Volkssport Association (AVA)

AVA Calendar of Events Page

Atlantic Region Schedule of Events

How to submit IVV Record Books

Maryland Volksport Association

Annapolis Amblers

Baltimore Walking Club

FreeState Happy Wanderers

Piedmont Pacers

Potomac River Volksmarching Club

Seneca Sugarloafers


E-mail to: Columbia VM Club

January 30, 2019