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Nordic Walking Classes Coming to Metro Denver

I try to make this blog national and even international in scope, reflecting Nordic Walking’s range. But as a Coloradan, I take special interest in events close to home. Between May 10 and May 14, the American Nordic Walking Association will be offering a series of introductory classes with master coach Gottfried Kürmer, ANWA’s director of education. The organization’s mission is to promote Nordic Walking — and part of the way it seeks to do that is by training and certifying Nordic Walking instructors, much as other fitness organizations do. These workshops, while more expensive than the usual introductory program, gives beginning Nordic Walkers the opportunity to learn from a high-level coach to other trainers in Europe, where it is an established part of the fitness picture.

The Denver area schedule is:

Thursday May 10
Central Park Bandshell (Broadway and Canyon), Boulder
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lion’s Park Parking lot (1300 10th St.), Golden
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dry Creek Trail near Westminster Rec Center City Park parking lot near soccer fields (105th and Sheridan)
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Washington Park parking lot (Downing and Exposition), Denver
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, May 14
Anthem Ranch at Broomfield Community Center (CO-7 and Lowell Boulevard; SW corner of Lowell) 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

City Park Bandstand, west side of Ferril Lake (near 17th amd Steele Street), Denver
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Central Park Bandshell, (Broadway and Canyon), Boulder
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The cost for each 90-minute class is $40, including use of poles. Upon completion of each class, participants will receive $10 back. Two pairs of Nordic Walking poles valued at $100 will be raffled off in each class. Class size is limited to 20 for each workshop. To register, visit www.anwa.us and click on “Introductory Workshops” or call 800-977-9348.

Additionally, an all-day instructor certification course has been scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at Anthem Ranch by Del Webb (16583 Las Brisas Drive, Broomfield). The cost is $278, and the course is limited to 30 participants. To register, you can also go to www.anwa.us but click on “Certification Seminars” or call (310) 388-0344. After the Denver area, introducatory and certification programs are also scheduled for Incline Village, NV, on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, (May 19-20); Schaumburg, IL, near Chicago (May 26-27) and Santa Monica, CA (June 9-10 and perhaps a one or more days after that).