Bob Westin, of Springfield, plays the stumpf fiddle with the Kings Park German Band during the Oktoberfest Volksmarch at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke.
Photo by Steve Hibbard.
Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC), 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, will host free Oktoberfest walks and a bike ride on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 a.m. Join walkers of all ages and cyclists for the annual Oktoberfest Volksmarch and Biketoberfest. The self-guided walks and group bike rides start at the Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke. German food and drinks will be available for purchase while you enjoy traditional German music.
Walkers may begin anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. but must finish by 3 p.m. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m.
The event (start and end) is held at 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, just south of the Fairfax County Parkway and Burke Lake Road intersection.
For more information, visit scenicroutes.us/nvv/events or contact email@example.com.
A volksmarch, literally translated "people's walk," is a leisurely walk through a scenic, historic, or interesting area over a predetermined route. The free volkmarches pass through forests and around Burke Lake. Choose from a five or 10-kilometer route (three or six miles) and walk, jog or run at your own pace. German food and drinks will be available for purchase while you enjoy traditional German music.
The trail is probably suitable for sturdy strollers but not wheelchairs. An adult must accompany children under 12. Leashed dogs are welcome. There is no charge to participate in the event. American Volksmarch Association credit is $3 for those who record AVA walks.
The 24-mile group bike ride begins at 9 a.m. Leaders will take cyclists through neighborhoods, along a wide, paved path paralleling Rte. 123 and into Occoquan Park. Restrooms and water are available at the midway rest-stop, and a sweep will ensure that no one is dropped.
It’s a great opportunity to get some exercise, enjoy the seasonal beauty, savor a tasty bratwurst, listen to some great music and maybe even perform the chicken dance. The event is co-sponsored by AUUC, the Northern Virginia Volksmarchers, and the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club.