Walk Saturday 12/04/10 Alexandria, VA
- Don't miss the Scottish Festival Walk. Each year this walk begins the
Christmas Season. Great walk, Watch the Parade and eat at LaMadelyn. Cat
pool will leave Tam Joines at 8:00 AM.
12/4/2010 - 12/4/2010
City / State:
Alexandria Holiday Walk
Distance - Trail Ratings:
5/10 KM - 1+
DISTANCES/TRAILS: This event celebrates the holiday season as well as the
annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and other festivities in the city of
Alexandria. One trail will be offered. The "Holiday Scamper " trail will
works its way along the waterfront of Old Town Alexandria and weave through
other scenic areas, enabling walkers to enjoy the sites, sounds, tastes, and
shopping opportunities of this historic area. The trail will take you near
the Scottish Christmas parade route. The 10 KM (6.2 mile) trail will explore
both southern and northern Old Town; the 5 KM (3.1 mile) trail will stay in
northern Old Town. Both trails are rated 1+ because they are generally flat
with very limited hills. Both are generally suitable for strollers,
wheelchairs, and disability scooters. The longer trail offers restrooms,
water, food, and shopping. (The suitability of the trails for wheeled
vehicles or even for walking may be inhibited if weather conditions become
Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: hard | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
This event doesn't have any special classifications assigned.
9 AM-1 PM, Finish by 4 PM
Barrett Branch Library
Start Point / Driving Directions:
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314;
DIRECTIONS TO S/F POINT
From the East or West via I 95/I 495 (Capital Beltway): Take Exit 177B (US-1
North/Alexandria). Continue north on US-1 for about 10 blocks (0.8 miles) to
Queen St. (2 blocks past King St.). Turn RIGHT on Queen St. for 2 1/2
blocks. The Library will be on your left.
From the North via the George Washington Memorial Parkway: Take the GW
Parkway into Old Town Alexandria. Continue on what now is called Washington
St. for about 8 blocks from the first traffic signal at Slater's Lane to
Princess St. Turn RIGHT on Princess St. You will be one block north of the
library, which is on the far side of a large parking lot to your left.
Parking: Look for parking spaces in legal spots along the streets,
especially to the north and west of the S/F Point. Obey all parking signs,
and provide proper payment for meters on Saturday. Do NOT park in private
lots unless you have paid the proper fee and/or had explicit permission to
park from the lot owner.
Keep track of how many blocks you walk from your car to the Start/Finish
Point. We will give extra IVV distance credit for those who must walk more
than 5 blocks.
METRORAIL ACCESS: Take either Blue or Yellow lines south into Alexandria to
the King St. station. Exit the station and walk away from the tracks toward
Old Town Alexandria. Walk east on King St. for about 12 blocks to Columbus
St., which is two blocks past Patrick St. and one block before Washington
St. Turn LEFT to walk two blocks to Queen St. The library is on the far
right corner. Extra IVV distance credit will be given to those who walk both
ways between the Metro Station and S/F Point.
Note: From 11:30 AM on each day, Alexandria offers a free trolley from the
King St. Metro station to stops along King St. For more information, go to
Awards & Fees:
AWARD: The award for this event is a colorful patch featuring Santa lounging
in a tropical locale. Why this patch design? Last year's award featured a
snowman, and the day was snowy and cold. So wanting to encourage the weather
gods to treat walkers more kindly this year, the tropic theme has been
adopted. (Those receiving an award will also receive IVV credit after they
complete the walk and return their start card.) Pre-registration will
guarantee that you receive an award. Late registrants may receive awards
while supplies last. No additional awards will be ordered. Awards from past
events will be available for purchase at reduced rates.
FEES: Each participant must carry a start card. There is no charge to
participate in this event. Registration for the award and credit is $6.00.
The fee for IVV credit only is $3.00.
PRE-REGISTRATION: Pre-registration ends November 30. Fees will not be
refunded for those who do not participate.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Because of the large number and inconsistent operation of
special programs offered by the AVA and various clubs, this walk's
organizers cannot be sure for which programs this walk might qualify. We
suspect it qualifies for the following programs: Cemetery Stroll; Historic
Churches; and Riverwalk America. Because the satisfaction of walkers is our
foremost desire, we will stamp any special program book that a walker feels
is appropriate for this event. We urge special program organizers to also
place the highest-possible value on the satisfaction of walkers involved in
Washington DC Area Volksmarch Club, Inc.
Thomas Baerwald (703) 765-3128
Keep Walking and bring a Friend
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