The Railsplitter Wanderers Volkssport Association is a recreational association dedicated to promoting physical fitness through participation in volkssporting (walking, biking, swimming, and skiing) events sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA). These events are free of charge and open to the public, although there is a nominal charge for those who choose to participate in AVA incentive programs.

History of Volkssporting/Railsplitter Wanderers

Volksporting/Volksmarching began in Germany During the 1960's and is called "The Sport of the People" as nearly everyone can enjoy it. The sport was brought back to the United States by military personnel stationed in Germany, who enjoyed the physical fitness and social aspects they found in Europe. Illinois National Guard members formed the Railsplitter Wanderers Volkssport Association in the early 1980's at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. Non-military walking enthusiasts bolstered the club's membership and became more involved in the operation of the club when fiscal support from the Illinois National Guard waned.

Volksmarching is a family-oriented, non-competitive activity. You walk at your own pace and have several hours to complete each walk, allowing you the choice of browsing along the way or keeping up a brisk pace. With registration for the event, the participant accepts the guidelines for American Volkssport Association (AVA) events and agrees to observe the principles of good sportsmanship. Each participant must obey any state or local laws or ordinances.

Volkssporting is good exercise and encourages physical activity throughout the country and world, in which people of all ages and levels of physical fitness can participate.