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ATTENTION WALKERS: Join the Old Town Alexandria Greenway Walk April 23

The pedestrian-only waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. (Photo licensed to The Zebra Press by istockphoto.com)
The pedestrian-only waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. (Photo licensed to The Zebra Press by istockphoto.com)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – You can do as much or as little of this two-day walk as you like. The total event involves a walk of thirty-eight colorful and scenic miles of the East Coast Greenway from College Park, Maryland through Washington and Alexandria to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

“We will base ourselves in Old Town Alexandria, with its shopping, history, architecture and trendy atmosphere,” says Risa Olinsky of the organizing entity, freewalkers.org, a non-profit based in Durham NC, that builds and maintains trails from Key West to Maine. “The ECGA helped us get off the ground, so now we want to give back by donating a portion of funds raised for this walk to the Greenway.”

The East Coast Greenway is a walking and biking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida, connecting the nation’s most populated corridor. The East Coast Greenway is designed to transform the 15 states and 450 communities it connects through active and healthy lifestyles, sustainable transportation, community engagement, climate resilience, tourism, and more. The Greenway offers a safe place for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and more — of all ages and abilities — to commute, exercise, and visit new destinations.

“At the end of each [walking] day we love to celebrate! We can’t say where yet, but will have more information as time goes on,” adds Risa.

There is a $25.00 non-refundable registration, which goes towards the FreeWalkers and the East Coast Greenway Alliance. The East Coast Greenway is working hard to complete the trail of 3000 miles from Maine to Florida for walkers and cyclists.  For tickets, click HERE.

SATURDAY: 20 miles from College Park to Alexandria on the Greenway.

(The Metro from Alexandria will deliver walkers directly to the starting location.)

SUNDAY: 18 miles starting in Alexandria (near the hotels) walking to Mount Vernon and back. If you prefer a shorter route, you can do a 10-mile walk and take a water taxi to return.

RELATED: Part of the East Coast Greenway, the Mount Vernon Trail is a Gem for All



Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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