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Frequently Asked Questions

What are those books being stamped at the walks?
The IVV Individual Achievement Award Program was introduced to encourage participation in non-competitive sports events under the rules and regulations of the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV). There are two categories of awards — DISTANCE WALKED and EVENTS COMPLETED.

What are distance books?
Distance books are to record the kilometres you have walked. Route distances can range from 5 to 42 km marathons or even longer walks. Every walk that you do can be recorded in the book. The blue book records 500 km of walks.

What are event books?
Event books are to record the events that you participated in.  Map walks can only be "Event" stamped once in the calendar year.   Permenant Trail "Event" stamps can be stamped once each half year.  The green book records events.

Is participation in the award program free?

To participate you must purchase record books and pay a registration fee at each event. New members are entitled to a “Free Stamp Book” which entitles new walkers to 5 free walks and is later attached to a record book.

Where can I buy these books?
Books can be purchased from the President,  Membership Coordinator or Trail Master at any of our walks.

What do I do when the books are full?
When the book is full, which is 10 stamps for the first Event book and 500 km. in the Distance book, the books are sent to the Awards Coordinator. When all the stamps are verified, the books will be returned with a “Passport”, certificate. You must purchase another Event and Distance book to carry on the program.

Where do I send my full books?
Marion Boon, CVF Awards Coordinator
42 Billingham Crescent
Ottawa ON K2K 2T7

Can I go to other club walks and get my books stamped?
Yes, you can participate in any IVV event around the world. Information on these walks is available from your club president or from various web sites.

What is the cost to walk and to join the club?
The first 5 walks are free, then for Surrey Trekkers Volkssport Club they are $1 for Permanent Trail walks or $2 for Map Walks.  Annual membership dues are $15.00.   In Canada the maximum charge for any walk is $2.00 but clubs may charge less.   In the USA the walk fee is $3.00 per walk.

Where can I find out more about these books?
You can read the instructions on the back of the books or talk to the club President. Visit for guidelines on submitting your books and what to do if you make a mistake or lose your books.

What if I forget my books?
Insert cards are available at the walks for recording the walk if you have forgotten your books. The insert card is only for temporary use and excessive use is not permitted. Insert cards alone will not be processed and are only accepted when stapled into a valid IVV Record Book.

How do I pay for the walks?
You pay when you sign in for each walk.

Why should I join a club?
By joining a club you will have a greater incentive to walk. Surrey Trekkers walk in all weather conditions.  As well, the map walks will take you to new areas that you may never experience and enjoy on your own. Membership also provides you with weekly notices of upcoming events and festivities hosted in the Lower Mainland and other events elsewhere.