Come join a great bunch of Nordic Walkers as we trek the Birkie Trail in Cable / Hayward WI on Sept 21. This course is splendid and yet it will challenge you. You will encounter beauty, conversation, and did I forget to mention lush green hills—lots of them? Birkie Trek is a fantastic event with plenty of volunteers to help quench your thirst on the trail and they have a tasty feed post race. If you register by 7/31 you can save on the registration fee. If you’d like to Nordic Walk with others that are preparing for the Birkie, check out the Meetup group walks.
The snow is finally over and it’s time to head to the north shore with our poles. I’m heading up to Duluth and Grand Marais for free Tastes and Community Walks on June 14-16. Join us at any of these locations for a Nordic Walk with the Queen
Friday June 14 Duluth YMCA Free Taste of Nordic Walking 10-noon Drop in anytime, instructors will be available to guide you through fitting your poles and going for your first walk outdoors
Saturday June 15 Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply 9-11am We’ll start off at the store and after a brief presentation, you will get the opportunity to try Nordic walking for yourself when we transport you to beautiful Croftville Road.
Sunday June 16 Boulder Lake Outdoor Educational Center 1pm Free Group Walk Meet us in the parking lot, we’ll fit you with poles and take you on a Nordic Walk on the trail. Free use of poles for this walk.
I’m very sorry, but the queen will not be heading north this weekend. Due to continuing winter storm warnings and too much snow and cold along the North Shore we are going to cancel all demo’s, tastes and community walks for April 19-21 and reschedule for June 14-16. Mark your calendars and check back for details soon. Hope to see you there!
Duluth and Grand Marais are the next Nordic Walking Destinations for the Nordic Walking Queen, Linda Lemke. Come for a Taste of Nordic Walking at the Duluth YMCA on Friday April 19, 10am – noon. If you can’t make that then join us for a community walk at Boulder Lake Environmental Center on Sunday April 20 at 1pm. For those of you further north in Grand Marais, come out to Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply on Saturday morning 9-11am for a Taste and a Walk on the trail.
I’m excited to head north with my poles. There will be demo poles available for all programs. Share the news! It’s gonna be fun!!!
Spring is just around the corner and Great Lakes Nordic Walkers has lots of spring classes now posted on our website.
Did you know that we now have a Great Lakes Nordic Walkers MN Meet Up page? We’re trying to make it easy to get the group walks on line so you know where and when to walk with us. You can join Meet Up for free, there’s lots of active outdoor groups. We hope you’ll sign up for GLNW today!
Check back often for more class information. Til then, enjoy the last few weeks of winter!
What better way to share Nordic Walking than to head north along Lake Superior, our local Great Lake. We’re partnering with the Duluth YMCA, Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply and others on the weekend of April 19-21 for some Tastes of Nordic Walking, intro classes and more.
We’re very excited to be getting out of the Twin Cities with our poles. Watch this website for details as they become available.
Here in Minnesota it’s very cold today. Actually as I write this at 9:30am it’s -3 degrees. Although I’m not a big fan of walking indoors I can appreciate that this kind of weather makes it very difficult or impossible for many to be outdoors. Taking your walk indoors is the perfect solution to keeping active during the cold and dark days of winter.
So where to go? We’re very lucky to have indoor malls with extra open hours that allow walking. No matter what time you head to your local shopping mall you’re bound to see people walking. And what’s better than just walking? Nordic Walking of course.
Look for a mall with a carpeted level. If you’re taking your poles indoors you need a floor surface that will let the pole hook up and not slip out from under you. In my local area Ridgedale Center, Mall of America and Southdale Center all have good “pole surfaces”. You can also check with your local community programs; Plymouth Creek Center, Delano and White Bear Lake have indoor walking tracks. Eagan Community Center, many of the YMCA’s and other fitness centers have indoor tracks.
When planning to walk indoors be sure to call ahead and confirm that they will allow you to walk with your poles. The tips are non marking so there should be no problems with damage to floors. Try to go during less busy times, be considerate of walkers and runners around you, and be ready for lots of questions about what you’re doing with poles.