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Nordic Walking Intro in Ottawa

Anne Hutchinson, Nordic Walking/Urgan Poling instructor
Anne Hutchinson, Nordic Walking/Urgan Poling instructor

You know it’s spring when the Canadians begin to think about outdoor activities that don’t involve ice or snow. Registration is now open for the spring session of classes with Nepean Nordic Walk, which offers a “gentle” class on Wednesday evenings that is specifically designed for people with limitations such as knee pain which has previously prevented them from enjoying walking.  Physiotherapists are now recommending urban poling for the rehabilitation of knee injuries.

There will be a free Nordic walking demonstration on Saturday April 12 in the east parking lot of the Walter Baker Centre in Barrhaven beginning at 10 a.m.  Poles will be available to try and to purchase and instruction will be given by Anne Hutchinson, certified Nordic Walking/Urban Poling instructor. The eight-week session runs from April 28 through June 16. Check the calendar for dates and locations of the intro session as well as an intermediate-level class and one designed for individuals with limitation such as knee or back pain, arthritis, etc.

Go to her website to see YouTube videos of local television appearances she has made to discuss the benefits of Nordic Walking/Urban Poling.

Canada’s Sun Peaks Adds Nordic Walking

Sun Peaks-logoCanada’s Sun Peaks Resort, a year-round, destination north of Kamloops in interior British Columbia, is adding Nordic Walking, or as they call it Nordic Pole Walking, to its summer program. Discover Sun Peaks Adventures, which handles the resort’s activities program, will be offering introductory and intermediate clinics throughout the summer with experienced instructors and interpretive guides to teach the technique while exploring the walking and hiking trails at Sun Peaks.

The two-hour introductory program begins at 10 a.m. on the following Saturdays: June 22, June 29, July 13, August 3, August 18, August 31 and September 14. Those who have completed the Discover Nordic Walking program can “graduate” to the  Discover Alpine Nordic Walking program, a 2½-hour program, still described as “novice” but on upper-mountain trails. It takes place at 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays: July 13,  August 3,   August 31, plus Sunday, August 18. If you’ve had a bit of Nordic Walking experience, you might ask whether you can participate without the intro session.

Each session costs CDN$39 for  instruction and interpretive guided program, plus use of Keenfit Nordic Walking poles and, for the Alpine option, one uphill ride on the Sunburst chairlift.

Book through the Sun Peaks Adventure Centre located in the Village Day Lodge or call 250-578-5542.

Nordic Walking Weekend in Wisconsin

October 8-9 are the dates and Greenfield is the place. Here’s the skinny from Suzanne Nottingham, founder and education director of Nordic Walk Now Now, who is producing the third annual annual WALK STRONG event next weekend: “This is our third consecutive WALK STRONG event in Greenfield and brings together walkers, runners, seniors, fitness instructors and enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with a headlining emphasis on promoting Nordic walking, or using specially designed poles to enhance walking fitness experiences to produce a life-long commitment to one’s health and well being, an opportunity to redefine your fitness walking commitment. Taking place at the newly renovated Greenfield Community Center (at the former library), we are excited to a FREE walking education classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings. No special experience is necessary and we provide free use of poles to everyone. We have an indoor rain option should the weather not cooperate.”
Here’s the SCHEDULE in the organizers’ words:
Saturday October 8:
9 – 10:15am: Take a “WALK WITH THE KING & QUEEN”! Join us for this entertaining and educational walking experience with the country’s leading Nordic fitness walking experts literally known throughout the US as the king and queen of this fitness movement, Tom Rutlin and Linda Lemke. Also on Saturday, we will be traveling to other venues in Greenfield to offer this same experience.

Sunday October 9:
8 – 9:15am: Sooth your spiritual side for “WALKING IN THE WORD” led by spiritualist Rachael Clark. This is an easy walk that focuses on enhancing your relationship that blends higher power, nature and body for an uplifting experience.
The following fee-based educational intensives on Sunday require registration online at, or on
site at the Greenfield Community Center prior to training:
9:30am- 12:30pm: EXERSTRIDE METHOD NORDIC WALKING (EMNW) Teacher Training: The Exerstride Method Nordic Walking Teacher Training is for experienced instructors who aspire to teach Nordic walking skills to a variety of individuals and groups. The virtue of simplicity is the key to both teaching and retaining information for students. Learn the Exerstrider proprietary
methods and techniques, and how Exerstrider poles enhance any person’s fitness goals. See prerequisites at
1:30 – 4:30pm: WALK TO LIVE WORKSHOP is for everyone! Any person who wishes to enhance posture, stability, weight loss, injury recovery, pain management, strength, cardiovascular and back health should attend! This is not a “workout”, rather a comfortable opportunity to learn more about keeping your body healthy using poles to improve fitness. No special experience is

Nordic Walking Notes from Colorado

Boulder County leads the way with programs for beginners & beyond

Is Nordic Walking finally getting a toehold in Colorado? I certainly hope so. I was delighted when I saw a front page story on May 23  in the Denver Post’s Fitness section called “Take Your Workout to the Great Outdoors.” There was a photo of Annette Tannander-Bank leading a Nordic Walking class — not walking in that particular shot but doing lunges with poles for stability as part of the warm-up, strengthening and cool-down exercises that instructors favor, and that people like me don’t bother with. I’m more of a grab-and-go walker. I grab my poles and I go.

Annette coaching a beginning Nordic Walker in proper arm position at North Boulder Park.

The Post piece was about outdoor workouts in general, and reporter Sheba K. Wheeler listed 20 in the metro area. Of those, several were walking programs including some specificially Nordic Walking. One was a one-day intro last Saturday, but the following are still available. 

  • Intermediate Nordic Walking, Annette leads two classes on Mondays at 12:00 noon at Boulder’s  Scott Carpenter Park and on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at North Boulder Park. Walk-in fee is $10 or a Rallysport Health & Fitness Club punch card., plus $5 for optional pole rentals. 303-449-4800.
  • Nordic Walking, introductory program offered the first and third Saturdays of every month. Meet at Fleet Feet Sports, 2624 Broadway (at Alpine), Boulder. $5 walk-in fee; participants may borrow poles from the store. 303-939-8000.
  • Nordic Walking, Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. from June 14-July 5, and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m., June 16-July 7. No drop-ins. $42 for residents and $48 for non-residents, including use of poles. Broomfield Recreation Center, Broomfield County Commons, 13200 Sheridan Boulevard, Broomfield.

Paley’s Pole Presentations at REI

'Poles for Balance & Mobility' DVD.

On Wednesday, June 9, Jayah Faye Paley, creator of two DVDs on walking with poles, will be at Boulder’s REI giving two free presentations — one on each DVD. From 3:45-5:15 p.m., the topic is balance, mobility and functional walking showing people with with mobility issues can use poles to improve gait, posture, endurance, function and  strength. That class is full, indicating how much of a need there is for it. From 6:30-8:00 p.m., shedemonstrates how to expand hiking horizons and improve health with poles.

Paley is based in Pacifica, California, where she runs Adventure Buddies, which promotes use of the outdoors (including Nordic Walking) and creating a network of people who enjoy outdoor recreation for health and fitness. She is also a personal trainer and mobility coach , using poles to help people stay as active as they can as long as they can under a program called Poles for Mobility.

ANWA in Colorado

As part of its nationwide schedule, the American Nordic Walking Association presents three levels of training and certification to the Denver area in mid-July. The four-hour Nordic Walking Guide Workshop ($149) for people who want to lead primarily groups of social Nordic Walkers, July 16; eight-hour Basic Instructor Training & Certification Seminar ($236 for registration before June 16, $355 after, $284 for ANWA members); July 16-17, 12-hour Advanced Instructor Training & Certification Seminar for those holding Basic certification ($288 for registration before June 16, $45 after, $360 for ANWA members). Denver area location to be announced.

Nordic Walking Open House on Monday

Great Lakes Nordic Walking Pros Organize Twin Cities event

The energetic coaches and instructors behind Great Lakes Nordic Walkers are holding on open house on Monday, May 9 at the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, Minnesota, from 2:00 to 7:30 p.m. It’s the place to go for free mini-lessons to sample variations on the theme of health and fitness walking with specially designed poles –and use of  poles is also free with an ID. Great Lakes Nordic Walkers was the host group of the 2010 Nordic Walking Expo, which had some weather issues. So this rain-or-shine event will be held indoors if it’s raining.

The schedule:

2:00 Nordic Walking for Balance and Mobility with Tom Rutlin / Exerstrider

2:30 What’s all the Buzz about all these poles? with Linda Lemke / Nordic Walking Queen

3:00 Exerstrider Technique with Tom Rutlin / Exerstrider

3:30 What’s all the Buzz about all these poles? with Rhea Kontos / Nordic Walk this Way

4:00 Active Body / Active Aging and Nordic Walking with Linda Lemke / Nordic Walking Queen

4:30 What’s all the Buzz about all these poles? / Brian Glader / Midwest Mountaineering

5:00 Girl Scout Walking Badge / Linda Lemke / Nordic Walking Queen

5:30 Nordic Poles for Runners (endurance training and injury recovery) Rhea Kontos / Nordic Walk this Way

6:30 Group Walk around Wood Lake. Your choice of once or twice around. 60 min max

Free Nordic Walking Instruction in Florida

Instructor Lori Clinch is ratcheting up her efforts to promote Nordic Walkers in Polk County

Pole Walking Polk Co. is recruiting healthy and social walkers interested in local non-competetive community walking events. In general, she is eager to promote Nordic Pole Walking in Polk County for the health, fitness and rehabilitative benefits, as well as enhance the walking experience and maximize the workout of the participants. In a broader sense, she wants to nourish the development of an active Nordic Walking “team” of individuals enthusiastic for the sport, and to network neighboring Nordic Walkers so everyone who wants to has someone to walk with and to meet new people. Such a group would also appeal to people who want the company of other like-minded health/recreation individuals in preparing for non-competitive, 3K, 5K and 10K’s charitable walks.  

She offers free Nordic Walking instruction, incuding free use of poles. Getting started requires a commitment of three hours to learn the Beginner Basic Techniques, and a then a commitment to participate in a minimum of three community walks (within 20 miles of Lakeland) in the year 2011, the first one being within six weeks of the instructional sessions. She is also willing to offer team training in other localities (such as St. Pete) for a group of 8 to 10 individuals at one time for a three-hour instructional workshop, rather than three one hour lessons. For more information, contact her at 863-268-4404  or

From the Snowbelt to the Sunbelt

Lori Clinch Adams follows Lindy Speizer Smith to Florida — differnt places, different reasons, but still teaching & leading Nordic Walking

Lindy Speizer Smith, who as LEKI USA’s marketing mavenette helped put Nordic Walking on the North American fitness map, moved from Buffalo to Florida a couple of years back. I wrote about her leadership in bringing Nordic Walking to the Fort Myers area. Click here to read it.  Her company, Walk With Lindy,  offers instruction, encouragement and inspiration in southwest Florida. Among her upcoming events is the B.Y.O.B. Walk, a free group  where participants are told to “bring your own breakfast.” If you’re in the area, click here to find out more and/or register. 

Now Lori Clinch Adams, who calls herself a health adventure coach and is likewise a Nordic Walking promoter and enthusiast, has moved from Idaho to Florida. She has morphed her former business (and website) Treasure Valley Nordic Walking Adventures in Idaho and Oregon into Nordic Pole Walking in Polk County Florida. She’s a certified instructor and master trainer. She is offer classes, workshops and all sorts of encouragement to the fine folks of Polk County, smack in the middle of the fat part of Florida. Her new website is full of images (like that on the left) and also a YouTube video. Check it out. To connect with her, call 863-268-4404 or email

Famous German Ski Couple Promotes Nordic Walking in Germany

Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther high on fitness walking with poles

If you ever need confirmation that Nordic Walking is as appropriate for world-class athletes as it is for the rest of us, consider Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther, two German ski team stars of the 1970s. In addition to two gold medals and one silver at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Rosi has a  US connection, “Gold Rosi,” as she was nicknamed, won the last of 10 World Cup races before retiring from ski racing at Copper Mountain, Colorado. The resort named a trail Rosi’s Run in her honor.

The couple is into Nordic Walking and has been for a number of years. Their sport shop in Germisch-Partenkirchen stocks Nordic Walking poles and accessories. They have co-authored two Nordic Walking books, one a technique book and a second specificially about Nordic Walking for back health

They promote the sport around the country with grace, humor and inspiration.  One YouTube video shows them doing just that, and another video shows them leading 700 Nordic Walkers on an itinerary that ends in their town. Seven hundred Nordic Walkers at once. North American promoters of the sport can only dream of such numbers.

The Turn- und Sportverein, the local Garmisch-Partenkitchen sports club that was founded back in 1899, offers a series of six Nordic Walking classes for 12€ plus 5€ for use of poles during the entire course for TSV members, 18€ for the course and 10€ for the poles for non-members. 

Mittermaier and Neureuther don’t teach the classes — one Elvira Witting does. But wouldn’t it be fine if the German ski stars would come to Colorado for a Nordic Walking session — just for old time’s sake?

Walk Strong Event Set for September

Top Nordic Walking gurus to gather and teach in Greenfield, Wisconsin

If you read this blog (ir)regularly, you’ve heard me describe the Midwest as a hotbed of Nordic Walking in the US. Most recently the second annual Nordic Walking Expo was held in the Minneapolis area, and coming up next month is Walk Strong, September 11-12 in Greenfield, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. Walk Strong is a two-day event with components for the public and for fitness pros. On the schedule are certification programs for fitness pros who want to add Nordic Walking to the repertoire, specialty lessons and, importantly for the growth of Nordic Walking, free introductory sessions including use of poles. Suzanne Nottingham, who organized Walk Strong,  has designed this program with commendable inclusiveness in the spirit of two previous Expo. Walk Strong also brings together top trainers and instructors to interact with each other and with the public to instruction options for beginners and broaden the horizons of pros.

Leading Nordic Walking experts will be there, so whatever your level or interest, your meeting and learning from three of Nordic Walking’s gurus: Suzanne Nottingham of Nordic Walk Now and Malin Svensson of Nordic Walking North America, both from California, and Tom Rutlin of Exerstrider, the in-stater from Madison. Promoting lifelong fitness through walking with is a passion of these Nordic Walking authorities. Jenne Goldberg (above left in Nordic Walk Now photo), who is in her late 70s, is an example of one senior who practices just that.

Saturday the 11th is open to anyone who wants to learn what Nordic Walking is about, try different kinds of poles, workshops and leadership intensives. Rutlin and Svensson will team teach two free Intro Nordic Walking sessions, open to the public on Saturday with no pre-registration required. Also on Saturday, Nordic Walk Now is offering demos of inline skating with poles. Bring your helmet (mandatory) to try this energetic, energizing workout. The organizers supply skates, poles and protective gear in two demo times on Saturday. No registration is necessary for the free sessions, but it is necessary for the NWN intensives, the Walk To Live Workshop for everyone and the four- hour Instructor Training Program just for qualified instructors. Also on Saturday is the launch of the stepping stone to the ITP, Master Fitness, an eight-hour course for individuals who have completed the NWN ITP in order to qualify for Master Fitness.

Sunday the 12th is is open only to qualified instructors. Malin and Tom will each offer a 75-minute certification prep courses for any instructor who has a teaching certificate from any Nordic Walking education organization. Pre-registration is required for these two courses at,
 A $10 donation to the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department is also required.
A schedule and registration information are promised soon on the Nordic Walk Now website. Meanwhile, for more information, call  760-912-4471 or email