The NB Marsch und Wandergruppe is hosting this event. There will be a 5K and a 10K walk. The walk starts at the Gruene Dance Hall which was built in 1878 and is the oldest continually operated dance hall in Texas. The walk route will wander through historic old Gruene, into residential areas, and along the Guadalupe River. After the walk stay and enjoy visiting some of Gruene’s antique stores and arts/crafts stores. There are also many restaurants.
Gruene was first settled in the 1850’s and was 3 miles north of New Braunfels. It is now with the New Braunfels city limits. The town was named for its prominent citizen, Henry D. Gruene. The town was prosperous until the Great Depression and the boll weevil blight ruined its cotton based economy in the late 1920s. Post WWII highway construction by-passed the town and by the 1950s it was a ghost town. In the 1970s the town became a tourist attraction with its dance hall, antique stores, and tube rides on the Guadalupe River.
To participate in either of these walking events you are required to register at the start. Registration is anytime from 8 am – until Noon. Registration costs a mere $3.00. You will carry a start card with you and at the checkpoints your card will be marked.
This is not a speed competition. You are encouraged to bring along your children and walk/talk and spend some time together enjoying the great outdoors.
When you finish (anytime before 3 pm) you turn in your start card. If you are an official Volkssporter you will have an Event and/or Distance Record Book. When you turn in your start card you will receive a stamp in your record books.
If you do not as yet have an AVA record book, they will be for sale at the start/finish. Just ask for a new walker’s packet. The packet is $5.00 but it contains three coupons for free registration ($9.00 value) as well as both an Event and a Distance book.
Start Point: Gruene Dance Hall, 1601 Hunter Road, Gruene, TX.
Directions: From I-35 take exit 191. Go toward Canyon Lake on FM 306. Turn left at the 2nd light on Hunter Road to enter the Village of Gruene. Follow signs to start.
Hope to see you there!