Walk through Olympia honors longtime club member

Staff reportDecember 1, 2013 

The Lloyd Berry Memorial Christmas Walk will take place Saturday in Olympia.

Sponsored by the Capitol Volkssport Club and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, the annual walk this year commemorates longtime Capitol Volkssport Club member and pace-setter Lloyd Berry, who died April 15.

The walk will wind through the historic South Capitol neighborhood, across the Capitol Campus, around Capitol Lake to West Bay Park, along the waterfront and through downtown Olympia beneath lighted street trees. If you time your start right, you can also watch the lighted ship parade cruises by Percival Landing about 6 p.m.

The event starts at The United Churches building at the northeast corner of Capitol Way and 11th Avenue Southeast in Olympia. There are 5- and 10-kilometer routes.

Walkers can begin between 3-6 p.m. and must be finished by 9 p.m.

Restrooms and water will be available at the start and finish and at the checkpoint at the DoubleTree. Coffee and cookies also will be available at the hotel checkpoint.

Pets are permitted, but they are not allowed in any buildings. Owners must observe leash and cleanup laws. The walk is suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs. A flashlight is strongly recommended for all walkers, as it will be dark shortly after 5 p.m., and sidewalks can be uneven.

People can take part for free, but all walkers must register and carry and return a start card. There is no need to pre-register. People walking to earn credit will need to pay $3.

Parking is free in the church parking lot and on surrounding city streets. It also is available in above-ground spaces not marked for agency use only in the Natural Resources Building parking lot across the street.

For more information, contact Sheila Morrison at sheila.morrison@comcast.net or 360-923-5381, or go to capitolvolkssportclub.org.

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