Sturgis hosts Volksmarch through Deadman Canyon
STURGIS, S.D. – Volksmarching is a sport that started in Germany and was brought to the U.S. by soldiers who were deployed there. It is a non – competitive sport that involves hiking 5 or 10 kilometers through nature. Volks means people in German, so the sport translates to “the people’s march.”
On Saturday the City of Sturgis held a volksmarch with the help of the Black Hills Volkssport Association. A handful of people and animals participated in the Sturgis march through Deadman Canyon. The canyon is historic and its creeks used to supply water to Fort Meade.
Most people do it for fun, community, and overall well-being.
“I do it mostly for the health of it. It’s a wonderful exercise and it’s just fun to get out and see other parts of the country,” said Irene Ward, a member of the association.
Ward has participated in over 500 volksmarches in 46 states. She plans on marching in the 4 states she has left within the next year.
Anyone can participate and sign up for the marches. All marches throughout the states are available on the American Volkssport Association website.