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Holliston Hosts Volkssport Walk and Soup Event

by Chris Cain
April 6, 2019

It was a beautiful day for a walk - and soup.

 

On Saturday, March 30th, 67 folks visited Holliston from across Massachusetts and at least two from Connecticut to participate in this year's Volkssport Walk and Soup.

The walkers were registered by Margo Craven of Attleboro, Monica Hait, and Joe LaPointe both of Holliston.

Participants could choose a 5 or 10 km walk.  Colorful streamers marked the routes which made a figure 8 that started and ended at the First Congregational Church.

Lest the walkers get dehydrated (or perhaps need a rest) checkpoints were set up at Blair Square and at the church.  There was also a patrol vehicle traveling the route (not on the rail trail of course) to be sure everyone was on track.

Holliston's own Bea Hait organized the entire event and manned the church check point with Diane Peterson of Lowell and Deb Redfield of Framingham.

A 5 or 10 km walk works up a healthy appetite.  There were eight soups to choose from (one more than the Souper Bowl had for those tracking such things) and a variety of baked treats to rebuild sugar levels.

As mentioned earlier, there were two walkers who came from Connecticut.  These two folks, Carol and Lee West from Wethersfield, CT were joined by Lauren and Rich Youmans from Southwick, MA during the walk.  This is important to note because I worked with Lauren, Carol, and Lee for many years and this provided us an opportunity to have a reunion and 'rehydrate' after the walk and soup.

Many thanks to Bea and the person on the committee who was in charge of the beautiful weather for featuring our town in such a healthy way.

 

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Comments (2)

I love being a member. We go to a number of towns in the area. There is so much history that you can see better than riding a but. I am amazed at all the small museums in these towns. There are people come from other towns and we get together and hear the stories they tell about other countries that walk. I am so grateful for Bea to encouraging me to join.

- jean morrissey | 4/8/19 8:59 PM

Thanks for covering this event, Chris. I do want to acknowledge my co-chairperson for this event, Bev Lange from Ashland, who was driving the patrol vehicle so was out of view of your camera. Orchestrating this event is most definitely a team effort supported by lots of club members.

Our next event is in Springfield, MA on Tuesday, June 11, in conjunction with the American Volkssport Association's Biennial Convention in Albany June 9-16. On June 29 we'll be closer to home with a walk in Blackstone, MA. www.walknmass.org

- Beate Hait | 4/6/19 7:53 AM

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