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4/17/08 4:00 P

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I am doing the Discovery Walk on Sat. April 26th. A few of us plan on doing the 21K and starting early that morning. Any Portland Sparkers want to join us, just send me a message!

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4/17/08 12:56 P

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D'oh! I wanted to do the Discovery Walk, but I have a Girl Scout event that day instead.

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EMMASMOM9 Posts: 32
4/17/08 2:12 A

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Hi! I am actually going to run the Bridge to Brews this weekend (pending snow - or so the rumor is). Gotta love PDX!

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4/15/08 10:55 P

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What great links thanks! I think the ava walks look really interesting, they seem to cover a lot of different areas too. Do you belong or do them a la carte?

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4/15/08 1:26 P

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Lots of people do the Discovery Walks, even those with strollers, trails are marked, and you get a map, (and snack at a check-point for those doing the 10km or longer distances). Starts at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver Washington (so it's nice and close). They have free entertainment (kids mostly) and booths from the local companies at the start/finish.

The Discovery Walks is April 25 - 27th.
Friday 25th (at 4pm the Mayor give a speech before the walk) but people can start between 4-6pm (as long as they finish by 9pm.
Sat 26th (die hard walkers 7-8am start the 42/32/21km walks) the rest start anytime between 8-12 noon for 5 or 10km walk (family fun walk 6km is at 10am) as they finish by 4pm
Sun 27th(die hard walkers 6:45-8am start the 32/21km walks) the rest start anytime between 8-12 noon for 6 or 11km walk as they finish by 4pm.

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There is a website www.ava.org that tells where there are local walks on the weekends (trails always marked for the "hosted walks"), but there are maps/directions from local places for a walk that you can do whenever you want. It's a good place to checkout.

(They don't have any local walks this weekend), it's the Bridge to Bridge...to Brews Walk on sunday the 20th (info at www.terrapinevents.com )starts at the Widmer Bros. Brewery at 929 N Russell St. in Portland.

I like to do the ava and terrapin walks (the ava is just walking, the other gives lots of goodies to you and walks). But I also go to the foot locker stores (they have pamphlets from lots of local events and groups for walking events).

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EMMASMOM9 Posts: 32
4/14/08 9:35 P

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I am not a big hiker. Most of the 'hikes' I go on are like walks with hiking boots on! I would love to just go for walks around town too. We can plan something and then see if other people become interested. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help keep you motivated!!

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ANAMIKARAKS's Photo ANAMIKARAKS Posts: 39
4/14/08 2:35 P

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I noticed in another thread that there is something called a "Discovery Walk" in Vancouver in a couple of weeks. I may look into that.

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4/14/08 2:34 P

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Hi Andrea, I live far out westside, but I was wondering the same thing. I don't know that I am capable of a hike yet, but I can certainly walk a ways. Maybe on a nice weekend? I work most weekend afternoons so mornings would work better for me. I am REALLY bad about fitness. Part of me says it's so much more work than NOT eating something, but I need to get started. Maybe if it was meeting people, not exercise, I would do better.

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EMMASMOM9 Posts: 32
4/13/08 5:37 P

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Hi there! I am Andrea, I live in NE Pdx and I have a 5 yr old daughter. I wasn't sure if anyone out there would be interested in getting together (with kids or sans kids) sometimes for walks or hikes. Today my husband and I took our daughter through a part of Forest Park and she loved it, but I know it'd be fun too with other people. Let me know what anyone thinks. Thanks!!!

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