Mid Florida Milers History



MFM Charter


In the Beginning…

in mid August, 1989, people met at the Winter Park hospital and excitedly began talking about a Walking Club. The name – Mid-Florida Milers- was chosen that evening. Many people stepped up to the plate to perform the various jobs that were identified. Gloria Merwarth who was conducting the meeting, volunteered to be the president.  Another experienced volkssporter, Tom Doran, agreed to be vice-president. An interested woman agreed to be secretary and Mark Merwarth became the first treasurer. The Mid-Florida Milers Volksmarch Club was recognized as an official club of the American Volkssport Association in October of that year.

The 1st Event…

at Wekiwa Springs State Park on 15 Feb 1990 was meticulously laid out by Ernie Eifert for a 10 km and a 20 km trail. It was also the inaugural President’s Day walk.  There were over 300 participants for that 2-day event and sold all of our 100 George Washington medals. In preparation for the event, Phil Jackson, a young man from the Tampa club, designed our logo and our new specialties chair, JoAnne Cross, had our first T-shirts made.