March 2017 – May 2018
GRAND FINALE EVENT TO YEAR LONG FEDERAL GRANT PROJECT!
10:00am SEMINAR in FIELDHOUSE
SEMINAR: “What Makes Nordic Pole Walking THE BEST PATH TO FITNESS at any age”
PRESENTED BY VIHA “Embracing Aging” and retired Olympian Linda Schaumleffel
11:00 RIBBON CUTTING – WESTSHORE WALK WAY FACILITY
Special ceremony to complete Federal New Horizons Grant
POLE WALKING EVENT: quad teams, 3.0km pole walkers, low&slow 1.5km pole walkers, AND opportunity to borrow poles and/or just walk 1.5 km of the new WESTSHORE WALK WAY!
12:00 LUNCH & CATERED PARTY at FIELD HOUSE
Prize draws, frivolity, awards presentation.
***YOUR $3 TICKET RESERVES YOUR PLACE FOR THE SEMINAR, WALK, AND PARTY.
GET YOUR TICKET AND RESERVE YOUR TABLE here.
Questions? Contact Linda4success@shaw.ca
This is a fun and scenic 5km event to kick off the new year. Perfect timing for all those pole walkers in fitness training programs. You need to register yourself through the Esquimalt.ca/events website; early bird fee is $18 and late fee is $22/30.
NOTE: TWO Nordic Pole Walk Victoria trophies up for grabs by Nordic pole walkers in the Esquimalt 5km, and awarded at the Nordic pole walk after party. .
“TOP TEAM” will be won by team who has the largest total of participants, “victory tunnel polers”, and participants in official marshalling positions in the event. This award recognizes “participation’.
“BEST QUAD” will be won by the foursome who participates as a “quad” and crosses the finish line first. This award recognizes “fitness”.
Hurray! TC10KM EVENT
You must register through the TC10k.ca website.
FOR POLE WALKERS, REGISTER FOR AFTER PARTY AT 4 MILE RESTAURANT
BY EMAILING LINDA at Linda4success@shaw.ca
Must let Linda know you are coming as we are making a group reservation. Seating is limited!
Great menu! Choose your lunch and pay for it.
FREE SUMMER NORDIC POLE WALK ADVENTURE
June 24 kick-off party in Sooke. Walk first section of Goose and have lunch.
Sept 16 end-part in Victoria at Glo restaurant (Selkirk Waterway)
This is your passport to summer fun. Get your PASSPORT. Walk with the entire gang to start and finish the Galloping Goose, and then through the summer, pole walk each section at your leisure to fill your passport.
More details to follow.
Our Beach Day at Rathtrevor last year is worth repeating…..so we are!
Basically we each pack our beach bags and bring our Nordic poles, then car pool ($10 to driver) to Rathtrevor for a day at the beach. Bring your beach mat or chair, your lunch, drinks, and snacks, get into your beach clothes. You can be a kid again! Pole walk in the sun on the low tide miles of beach sand as often and as long as you want, lay in the sun, wallow in the water, snooze in the shade, visit with new friends. The high lights last year, other than giving up responsibility for a day and relaxing, was having the time to make new friends, stopping for the best ice cream cone on the island, getting in a little exercise and sunshine, and then stopping on the way home for a great dinner together in Nanaimo.
It was worth it. People are still talking about the day. Why don’t we do this more often, we ask ourselves.
WELL, BEACH DAY 2017 IS AUGUST 20.
Email Linda4success@shaw.ca to let me know if you would like to go.
THE AUTUMN CLASSIC
is the fun wind-up event celebrating a year of Nordic pole walking, and the growth of our Neighbourhood clubs, and the official end to our season…time changes this weekend.
First we pole walk on the Westshore Walk Way, and then we party at 6-Mile Pub.
YOUR NON-POLING FRIENDS, RELATIVES, SPOUSE, VISITORS ARE INVITED TO JOIN AND WALK. (Everyone wear your team colours and bring a sign with your team name on it…for the big photo shoot. Team colours means: similar coloured t-shirts/tops, same hats, your team colour bandanas, or??? Smart teams will be prepared to persuade unattached participants to join their club for the day.)
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED $10 for ALL participants (npw or walking).
- REGISTER & PAY through this site
- OR Email Linda4success@shaw.ca to make arrangements with Linda
- OR Register and Pay through your Club Leaders (Val, Jan, Jennifer, Janette, Glenice).
THE WALK: Choose from one of four routes:
- Easy Does It….approx. 1.3 km (slightly undulating)
- Once is Enough….one loop of Westshore Walk Way (2.5km) (mostly flat, some undulations, 2 mild hills)
- Loop-de-Loop….two loops of Westshore Walk Way (5.0km) (mostly flat, some undulations, 2 mild hills X2)
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Challenge for Quads and Trios (one 2.5km loop with two 1.0km HILL loops in the middle)
EXPERIENCE THE TRADIONAL “LOVE TUNNEL OF POLES” AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE FINISH.
SPECIAL INVITATION! Do you bake a GREAT “trail bar”?
We are having THE BEST BAR CHALLENGE.
To enter, register for the Autumn Classic, then email Linda4success@shaw.ca indicating your willingness to participate in challenge, and submit your recipe. You will bake your BEST TRAIL BAR, cut it into 1/2 inch cubes, then at end of pole walking event you will offer a sample to each event participant and vie for VOTES. (We will have it set up for you, kind of like a “tail gate” party. You will receive your $10 event fee back in exchange for your special participation) All the participants will have one vote and will vote for their FAVOURITE BAR. The BEST BAR CHALLENGE winner will receive a prize.
EVERYONE IS ENTERED FOR THE PRIZE DRAWS!
TWO TROPHIES UP FOR GRABS
BEST TEAM TROPHY will be won according to a secret formula that fairly ranks teams by number of participants and fitness (finish order).
BEST QUAD TROPHY will be won by the QUAD or TRIO TEAM that completes the HILL CHALLENGE COURSE in the fastest time.
PARTY AT 6-MILE PUB
After the exercise/adventure part of the morning, everyone will reconvene at 6-MILE PUB. We have a big room reserved. Place your order as soon as you arrive. FREE nachos will be brought to your table.
HERE’S THE FUN AGENDA
- Everyone will receive a little registration package with a few fun goodies.
- Enjoy nachos while waiting for your lunch to arrive.
- VISIT “Love Your Pole” station where you can purchase missing clips, sand caps, or renew the straps, handles, rubber tips, fanny packs.
- Challenge your puzzle skills with fun game.
- Learn names, share “best” comment, make new friends.
- ENJOY THE GREAT FOOD 6-MILE PUB HAS TO OFFER.
- Prize draws….
- Applaud winner of BEST TRAIL BAR contest.
- Be the first to hear about NEW PROJECT in the works.
- Cheer for the BEST TEAM
- Cheer for BEST QUAD
- CHALK UP another great event, friends, and health….because of Nordic pole walking.
The 10k course has earned the notoriety as “Canada’s Most Challenging 10k” because of three distinct hills on the course, which have been named Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear, as well as the many rolling hills throughout the rest of the run. Participants will also run across bridges, past a waterfall and at one point go through a 30m long tunnel before finishing next to the fountain in front of the Westin Bear Mountain.
GET ALL DETAILS, AND REGISTER, ON THEIR SITE.
Register yourself on line at the Bear Mountain 10km event site. $40 until Oct 1. Then $50.
The pole walkers will organize themselves into quads, trios, or duos, to encourage each other through this hilly course.
Contact me if interested. Linda4success@shaw.ca
THIS IS THE MOST FUN EVENT OF THE YEAR! The pole walkers were the biggest hit of the parade in 2016 other than Santa. We did a good looking maneuver, and a “wave”. With mini lights down our poles, we became one of the most fun and colourful parts of this parade for the spectators lined up 10 deep down Government Street. Everyone is always hesitant about their first participation in this event, but IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE, and instantly becomes the highlight of the year.
EVERYONE CAN DO THIS EVENT!
WE WANT THE BIGGEST ENTRY OF POLE WALKERS EVER THIS YEAR.
The route is approx. 2.5km long, the parade goes slowly, and there are many stops, where we do our group maneuvers!
YOU MUST LET ME KNOW YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE!!! Linda4success@shaw.ca
There is no $cost to you to participate, and you need to wrap mini battery operated lights down each pole, because this event is after dark (streetlights) and is ushering in the Christmas spirit. You can dress up festively if you wish with a hat or scarf, over top of your appropriately warm clothing.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME ADVENTURE!
The opening of Victoria’s New Blue Bridge. March 31, 2018 12:00-5:00pm.
New Blue Bridge Opening Day NORDIC Pole Walk Adventure 12:00-3:00pm
$20. MUST PRE-REGISTER! Click on button on this site, and pay with PayPal, Visa, MC.
Led by your tour host, retired Olympian, Linda Schaumleffel, this tour will meet near Spinnakers Pub, and pole walk across the NEW BLUE BRIDGE during the opening day celebrations. Tour consists of pole walk to and across New Blue Bridge, a small tour through new Chinatown, a treat from Chinese bakery, exploration of festivities on Old Blue Bridge, and return to Spinnakers. Included in tour will be a festive bandana, a group photo on New Blue Bridge emailed to you, an authentic treat in Chinatown, a visit to inspiring art installation, plus historic notes from tour guide, Linda Schaumleffel. Bonus: increased fitness because we will be pole walking (so bring your poles). Friends and family who don’t have poles may borrow poles from Linda and join our tour (reserve poles early, limited supply).
You can get to Spinnakers easily from the Esquimalt, Westshore, View Royal, Penninsula side of town. Coming across town to Spinnakers, go across on Hillside or Bay Street. Leave extra time to find parking. You can also take the bus to Spinnakers. A smart person might make a reservation at Spinnakers for an early brunch, and then go on Pole Walk adventure. If you plan to go to Spinnakers after the walk, make a reservation!
GET A FREE MINI POLE WALK LESSON AT 11:00am. Must pre-register.
IF YOU NEED TO BORROW POLES COME AT 11:00am.
This is the fabulous Selkirk Festival. Find me at the Arthritis Tent…..or the food trucks!
Bring you Nordic pole walk questions…….
Happy to chat with you and help in any way I can.