German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | February 28, 2017


We had a good group out on Saturday to take advantage of the warmer weather. Right after our walk it seems Mother Nature decided she still has some bite in her.

In the newsletter this week:

  • If walking 3 miles at this time is a stretch for you, we have a solution
  • Chuck Marshall shows his artistic chops at the Columbus Museum of Art
  • Congratulations to the new addition to Valter’s family + GVWC’s next breakfast at Valter’s on March 11
  • What is a Superager?
  • GVWC in the community
  • Two years ago, the GVWC was born
  • and a motivation we can all strive for

That’s a lot to read. Pace yourself!

3 Miles or 5 Miles?  Wait…What?

At the GVWC, we welcome everyone to come out and join us for our weekly walks. We want people to know that walking is a great form of exercise. We want people to know that walking outside, breathing fresh air, and taking in the sights and sounds of downtown Columbus can be exhilarating! But, we know for some, 3 miles is daunting. What to do if you’re new to a walking for fitness? Hmmm…good question.

Starting this Saturday, in addition to our 3-mile and 5-mile routes through downtown, for our beginner walkers, we offer a third option: laps around Schiller Park. Schiller is a beautiful place to start a walking program. Each lap of Schiller Park is 0.8 miles, so you can do whatever you can do: one lap, two laps, maybe three. I will lead this group. This Schiller loop option is a great way for new walkers who are starting from zero, for people rehabbing from an injury, or even for those who may have had a rough Friday night—if you know what I mean.

Spread the word and help up include more people in our walking community!

Ohio Plein Air Society Exhibit Show – The Best of the OPAS – Columbus Museum of Art

One of GVWC members, Chuck Marshall, is exhibiting his work at the Best of the OPAS Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, which starts this Friday March 3, and goes through June 18.  Chuck is a very accomplished plein air artist. He is on the committee that brought the exhibit to Columbus.

There is a Best of OPAS pre-show this Thursday (3/2) from 6pm to 8pm. Come learn about plein air works. Chuck will give you a little personal insight to his work and the exhibit.  Congratulations, Chuck!

Congratulations Valter!

Congratulations to Valter and his wife on the birth of their son last week!  Valter and his restaurant, Valter’s at the Maennerchor, are terrific partners of the GVWC. We need to get this little guy a pair of walking shoes!


Breakfast At Valters – Saturday, March 11, 9:30am

Speaking of Valter, the Club will have breakfast there after our walk on March 11, 9:30am. If you would like to join us, email me by March 8. I’m so excited!


This article from the Harvard Business Review and its link to the New York Times article explains some very interesting correlations between so called “superagers,” those who are healthy and active well into their 80s, and their pursuit of difficult activities as they age.  Apparently, the “no pain, no gain” adage may actually be true in certain situations. Studies from these stories show that pushing through and sticking with difficult activities—both physically and mentally—can help you live a long, healthy life. This doesn’t mean pursing pleasant activities like, Sudoku or a leisurely stroll. It means performing hard tasks but difficult things that push you past your comfort zone. With that in mind, drop down and give me 20! Thanks, Andrea Applegate, for the contribution.

GVWC In The Community

In the GVWC’s pursuit to step up its involvement in the community, here are the activities on the docket so far this year:

  1. March 7 – Reeb Avenue Center Tuesday Night Community Dinner. We have the 10 slots filled for this event to serve dinner to the community. Frank Stoy will send out reminder emails this week to our volunteers with final details for next Tuesday.
  2. April 22 – Earth Day Celebration. As we did last year, we will have a booth at the celebration held in Columbus Commons. We will also volunteer the week before, most likely at the annual Scioto Audubon clean up like we did last year. More details when they are available from the Earth Day organizers.
  3. May 23 – Reeb Avenue Center Tuesday Night Community Dinner. We need 14 people to serve that day for the community dinner. Three slots are still available. Please email Frank Stoy if you would like to participate. It is from 4:30pm to 8pm.  Duties include light set-up, serving, and clean up.
  4. August 12 – African American Male Wellness Walk. Put it on your calendar! We will have a booth at the walk. In addition, we would like everyone in the Club to participate in this 5K event, which is FREE! Our goal is at least 40 members/family members/friends of the GVWC to participate. This is an incredible walk, and they anticipate close to 20,000 people to attend. We will probably park at Schiller and walk to the start as a group. More details down the road.

Thank you everyone for helping the GVWC support our community.

Happy Anniversary, Ya’ll

The GVWC just celebrated our second anniversary! Reflecting back, this is quite an accomplishment—especially considering our uncertain beginnings. I don’t know if you remember, but it was ridiculously, brutally cold that February we started. Indeed, the wicked temperatures broke records from Canada to Florida. The first few sentences of this article, Polar vortex brings more historic cold in eastern U.S., which appeared in The Washington Post on February 20, says it all:

Friday arrived with an icy slap as Arctic air surged into the eastern United States. The cold snap caused long-standing records to tumble across the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.

That article appeared only days before this article, Walking club founder takes exercise in stride at Schiller, which appeared in the German Village Gazette and promoted the official launch of the GVWC. You may wonder why the photo—about a walking club—is taken in my living room. That’s because it was so cold, the photographer refused to do the shoot outside.

People (i.e., my wife) said it was a mistake to launch the Club in the middle of the coldest winter on record. And when I’d return home—dejected—after standing alone at Schiller Statue just in case someone showed up to walk with me, people (again, my wife) reassured me the walkers would come as soon as the weather became more temperate.

Two years ago, this is how the German Village Walking Club started:

Schiller when GVWC started

As I have mentioned to a few, standing there alone in the park, I felt like the German Village Idiot.  But, in my opinion, as I look back, it was all worth it.  We have a great group of supportive, fun people who make up the Club.  As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to expand our outreach, including more people in the urban core to join the group in pursuit of improving and maintaining good health, along with some fun.  Thanks to all for your support!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

Yep.  These guys.

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  Until then, as always, whatever you do finish strong!


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