Canberra Two Day Walk Association

Organisers of the Canberra Walking Festival

The IVV and its Award System

IVV stands for “Internationaler Volkssport Verband” which is translated as the “International Federation of Popular Sports”.

IVV is an organisation founded in 1968 by clubs from Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria, to encourage “unforced” walking as a healthier activity for the general public, in contrast to the numerous running clubs and organisations which had strict time restrictions (e.g. 10 km in 50 minutes), and which were not suitable (and a source of injuries) for the untrained.

Since that time, the IVV concept has been embraced by numerous other countries around the world, where National IVV Associations have been set up to organise, control and administer IVV accredited events within their countries (e.g. most of the European countries, USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and Israel.)

Additionally, in countries where there are no national organisations, individual clubs may become members – and the Canberra Two Day Walk Inc. became one such direct Club member in September 1999.

In 2016, AussieWalk IVV was formed as a national association to manage the IVV program in Australia. Australia was subsequently endorsed as a National Member of the IVV at the international IVV Congress in Brazil in November 2016.

The IVV concept has also been broadened to embrace not just walking, but also cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing.

The goals of the IVV are:

Award System

To encourage and recognise repeated participation in IVV events, an award system has been set up. The award system recognises both the number of events completed, and the total distance covered.

Awards, in the form of pins and sew on patches and a certificate, are awarded in the following steps:

The award system only applies for participation in, and completion of, IVV sanctioned events. In the case of walking events, the minimum distance is 5 km. The performance(s) are then stamped into the appropriate IVV award record booklets/cards. There are separate “Events” and “Distance” record books.
Current cost for a record booklet is AU$10. The cost of the record booklet includes the cost of the relevant award.
New walkers can purchase an introductory kit that has both an event and distance book plus a coupon for 3 free walk stamps for only $10.

Events leading to an award step may span a number of years and IVV record booklets/cards bought in one country may be used for IVV events in any other country. Award booklets are not transferable.

Annual Calendar:

Each year, the IVV produces an Annual Calendar, which lists the known IVV events throughout the world. The Calendar contains the dates, brief event details, and contacts for the events, and is useful for planning your holidays to take in some IVV events – and thus add to your number of events and kilometres!

More Information

Registered participants in the Canberra Walking Festival will get free IVV credits as part of their entry fee, if they have purchased an IVV record booklet (event and/or distance). There are also several other year round walks that can be done in Australia for a nominal fee, with World Walking Day in May and the St NicholasEmbassy Walk in December each year in Canberra being free events.

There is more information about the IVV at the following (external) web sites: (USA IVV site) (Canadian IVV site) (British IVV site)

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