Celebrate National Walking Day by taking part in a walk Wednesday in Tacoma’s Wright Park.
The noon event is a joint effort of Downtown On the Go, the American Heart Association, Stadium Business District and Metro Parks Tacoma. It also will kickoff the 2014 Walk Tacoma series sponsored by Franciscan Health System.
Participants will walk 1.5 miles through Wright Park and the Stadium District with Melissa McGinnis from Metro Parks; Bill Baarsma, former Tacoma mayor; and Caroline Swope from Kingstree Studios. Walkers will have the chance to learn about the history of the area.
The walk will start at the south side of the park by the lion sculptures. Prior to the walk at 11:30 a.m., participants can visit information booths to learn more about healthy lifestyles, healthy commutes and other walking events. The first 200 participants also will receive a gift bag.
Walk Tacoma 2014 is an eight-event series on the first and third Wednesdays, from April-August. The themed walks, now in their fifth year, encourage downtown employees and residents to exercise and enjoy the outdoors by discovering the different walking routes and parks in the area, according to series organizers.
All the events are free, and there is no pre-registration necessary.
Free maps of the routes are available at Downtown On the Go, 950 Pacific Ave., Suite 300, at many downtown businesses or by contacting Meagan Kula, Downtown On the Go coordinator, at 253-682-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more at downtownonthego.org.