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PRESS RELEASE: Celebrate Earth Day with a Fun Spring Hike at Germania’s Spring Volksmarch

Volksmarch Gruppe - Germania Society CincinnatiMEDIA CONTACTS:
James Czar
Communications Team Chair
Germania Society of Cincinnati

Patty Galvin
Volksmarch Chair




Celebrate Earth Day with a Fun Spring Hike at

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a 5k or 10k German-style Hike


CINCINNATI, OH – April 4, 2016: The Germania Society of Cincinnati — home of Cincinnati’s oldest and most authentic Oktoberfest and Christkindlmarkt — brings you another German tradition this spring: Volksmarch, on Saturday, April 22 starting at 9:00am at Germania Park in Colerain Township.

Volksmarches are a post-World War II German cultural phenomenon that has spread across Europe and the world: a noncompetitive, social, leisurely walk in nature. Fun for the whole family and open to the public, this year’s Germania Spring Volksmarch celebrates Earth Day: your dogs are welcome on the trail on a leash and in the Biergarten (but not in the Klubhaus).



NAME: 2017 Germania Spring Volksmarch (event page)

PRESENTED BY: Germania Society of Cincinnati (Germania website)

DATE: Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Facebook event)

THEME: “Celebrate Earth Day”

The Germania Volksmarch is a 5k or 10k German-Style hike — noncompetitive, social, leisurely walk — through the beautiful trails of Germania Park and the rural roads of northern Colerain Township.

COST: $3 ($5 for the pin)

Register between 9:00am and 12:30pm.
Complete the walk no later than 4:00pm.

LOCATION: Germania Park, in Colerain Township

ADDRESS: 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45251 (map, parking, and directions)

FOOD, DRINK, and ENTERTAINMENT: Have fun in our clubhaus (and Biergarten, weather permitting) and join us for lunch, dessert, and libations, after the walk:

  • Our resident German chef Iris and her helpers will be preparing and serving authentic German dishes, including: Goulash Soup, Potato Pancakes, Berlin-style Currywurst, Assorted Wursts, Sauerkraut, Hot Dogs, and Vegetarian Plates.
  • Visit our Konditorei for delicious German pastries and try our Cream Puff Bar for the flavor of your choice: traditional, cherry, chocolate, and black forest.
  • Kitchen open 11:00am-4:30pm.  Carry-out available for all food.
  • We are proud to have 8 German Biers on tap, as well as German wines.
  • And stay to hear the famous Germania Jagdhornbläser Gruppe.


  • 9:00am-12:30pm — Registration for Walk.
  • 10:00am — Pastries and coffee available for breakfast. Kitchen open with limited menu.
  • 11:00am-4:30pm — Full kitchen open with a wide variety of German specialties. Bar also open. (You do not need to be a walker to stop by and have lunch or drinks.)




In recognition of Earth Day, we invite you to drop off your aluminum cans, glass bottles, and paper products for recycling.  We will have deposit containers available at the entrance to the Klubhaus.

When we recycle we: save natural resources, save space in our landfills, save energy, and reduce pollution. We thank you for your recyclables and so does Mother Earth!



About Germania Volksmarch:

The Germania Volksmarch Gruppe encourages members and friends to get out into nature for some exercise! A Volksmarch (people’s march) is a noncompetitive leisurely walk along a marked trail. The goal of a Volksmarch is to develop physical fitness, encourage good health, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow walkers. We work under the umbrella of the Ohio Volkssport Association (OVA) and the American Volkssport Association (AVA), and walkers can accumulate credits and awards after successfully completing their walk. Participants walk along a trail through the Germania property, and can enjoy an authentic German lunch and beverages at the Germania Society clubhouse.

Volksmarches originated in Germany in 1968. They became very popular with the American military that were stationed in Germany at that time. Veterans returning to the United States wanted to continue these walks and founded the American Volkssport Association in 1976. In keeping with the tradition of all German cultural events, the Germania Society started the Germania Volksmarch Gruppe in 2005 and sponsors two walks each year, one the fourth Saturday of April and one on the fourth Saturday of October. Both a 5k and a 10K walk are offered.


The official 2017 Germania Spring Volksmarch pin.


About the Germania Society of Cincinnati

The Germania Society is committed to maintaining German Heritage throughout Greater Cincinnati. It accomplishes this through various events throughout the year. The main cultural events include the Germania Maifest, the Germania Oktoberfest, two Germania Volksmarches (Spring and Fall), the Germania Christkindlmarkt and the Germania Karneval program which sponsors several dances per year. In addition, Germania holds entertainment and cultural events throughout the year; including dances, parties and trips out of town.

For more information about the Germania Society and the Germania Oktoberfest, contact the Germania Society at or visit our website:

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