Weekend Getaway: Daffodil Memorial Walk

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comMay 10, 2013 

DAFFODIL MEMORIAL WALK

What: The Daffodil Valley Volkssport Association will pay tribute to the memory of two of its longtime members, Virginia Crandall and Evelyn Eidemiller. The walking tribute will start at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market and offers 5-, 10- and 15-kilometer courses that tour downtown and its parks. A club membership is not required to participate.

When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Where: Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup

History: Washington’s first volksmarch was held at Fort Lewis in 1982. The activity was popular with military serving in Europe. Chuck Repik of Steilacoom discovered the sport while serving in Europe. He set up the first Washington Volksmarch with Bob Hren of Tacoma. Washington now has 25 Volksmarch clubs. The Evergreen State Volkssport Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Getting there: Take the Puyallup Fairgrounds exit from state Route 512 then follow Meridian to Seventh Avenue Southwest. Turn left then right on Second Street Southwest.

Cost: Free; $3 if you are walking for volkssport credit.

Of note: Volkssporters collect stamps at each event for credit toward patches that mark milestones in miles and events walked. While most participants walk for credit, it is not required in order to participate. New walker kits are available for $5. These kits include two record books (one to record distance and one to record events walked) and three vouchers good for free credit at volksmarches. Water and restrooms will be available at the start and finish areas. Pets are not permitted on the buses. The route is not recommended for wheelchairs.

More information: daffodilvalleyvolkssport.com, 253-845-6592, jcwahol@comcast.net

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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