Raising the bar of safety and hope: The fourth Snoqualmie Valley Walk 4 Women coming Oct. 13

  • Written by Barb Olsen
“It’s never too late to start walking or even running, according to many health experts,” Walk 4 Women chair Maura Van Ness says.  “So, we’re encouraging people to make a contribution to both themselves and the community by joining us on Saturday, October 13, for the fourth Walk 4 Women.”

The event starts that morning with registration at 9:15 a.m. at McCormick Park’s depot building at 26200 NE Stephens Street in Duvall.

The walk itself begins at 10 a.m.

“You can go as little or as far as you want,” Van Ness explains. “It’s a 13.2-mile half-marathon course along the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley River trail. Some people walk a few blocks or a mile or two, and others do the entire half-marathon.

“We’ll be happy to see you there regardless of how far you decide to go.”

The trail is primarily flat, and the walk begins and ends at the depot. This is an event designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities.

The Walk 4 Women benefits the Hotel/Motel Voucher program of Eastside Domestic Violence to help women and their families with temporary shelter until they can get safe housing. It also benefits the residents of a transitional housing program in Duvall.

“While keeping your fitness in mind,” Van Ness adds, “you can also contribute to a community action experience that raises the bar of safety and hope for women and children at risk.”

The Walk 4 Women is sponsored by the Duvall Civic Club. It has become a favorite community event, with opportunity to meet neighbors and make new friends while on the trail or when enjoying refreshments and music afterward in the depot.

In past years, it has drawn walkers from 8 to 86 years old.

Registration is $25 per person or $40 per family. Children 12 and under who are with adults are free. Walkers can register the morning of the event.

To register by mail or make a donation, send your check to the Duvall Civic Club, P.O. Box 315, Duvall, WA 98019. Checks should be made out to “Duvall Civic Club Walk 4 Women.”

Walkers are encouraged to get walking pledges from friends and family as well, though pledges are not required.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will be used to help these women and their families at a time when communities are seeing a continuing increase in urgent requests for life-saving services, shelter and basic necessities.

To find out more about the Walk 4 Women or the Duvall Civic Club, see the Duvall Civic Club’s Facebook page or call (425) 788-5769.

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