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Upcoming Events Summer 2014

1 July 2014

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Rainier Heritage Parade!

Saturday, 8/16, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join other Sound Steppers as we walk with pride in the Rainier Heritage Parade! Wear your red shirts and be a part of the fun! This is a great way to promote our programs while being a part of a community event. RSVP to Mari by 8/14.

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Carkeek Park Art Appreciation Hike!

Wednesday, 7/16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Enjoy a guided 2-mile hike highlighting the annual “Heaven on Earth” outdoor sculpture exhibit! Meet at the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.

Labor Day 4-Mile/Half Marathon Walk!$28/$52

Monday, 9/1, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get the Sound Steps team discount for this 4-mile or 13.1-mile walk event. Register online by 8/1 at www.labordayrun.com, using discount code SOUNDSTEPS14. Then contact Mari to let her know you’re joined the team! Location: Marymoor Park in Redmond.

SOUND STEPS TRAINING

Now that Spring Training is over, you can maintain your fitness over the summer by training with Sound Steps for the Labor Day 4-Mile or 13.1 Mile Half Marathon Walk on 9/1! Saturday morning training walks take place in South Seattle from 7/19 – 8/23. No RSVP required; you are also welcome to walk with these groups even if you don’t want to do the events themselves.

Half Marathon “Hurricanes” Team:

Meet at 7:45 a.m.; Walk at 8 a.m.

Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S

Routes increase in distance to prepare you for the half marathon event.

4-Mile “No Hurries” Team:

Meet at 7:45 a.m.; Walk at 8 a.m.

Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S

Walk laps around the 0.75 mile walking path at your own pace, to prepare for the 4-mile walk event.

SOUND STEPS HIKES

Sound Steps offers hikes once a month. Now is a good time to sign up for our August and September hikes, info below

Challenge Hike: Annette Lake

Monday, 8/18, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $14

An uphill trek through dense forests, along Humpback Creek, to a beautiful alpine lake! 7.5 miles round trip; 1400’ elevation gain. Serious climbing, but worth the effort. Hiking poles recommended. Van transportation provided at 9 a.m. from Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S or at 8:15 a.m. from office at 8061 Densmore Ave N. More info here. Register online, at your local community center, or by calling the business service center at 206-684-5177 and use registration #118849. (Note: when registering online, the easiest thing is to just input the registration number where it says “barcode”…searching by using the name of the hike is more challenging!)

  • Rattlesnake Lake

Monday, 9/8, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $9

<Choose from a gentle walk along the lake, or a strenuous uphill trek to an overlook of the Central Cascades (4 miles round trip; 1100’ elevation gain). Van transportation provided at 9 a.m. from Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S or at 8:15 a.m. from office at 8061 Densmore Ave N. More info here. Register online, at your local community center, or by calling the business service center at 206-684-5177 and use registration #118851. (Note: when registering online, the easiest thing is to just input the registration number where it says “barcode”…searching by using the name of the hike is more challenging!)

SOUND STEPS INFO

For more information about Sound Steps including a complete list of our weekly walksand monthly hikes, see our blog or p.12-13 of the Lifelong Recreation Summer brochure (available to be downloaded online, here). Find photos on our Facebook page.

 

Summer 2014 Sound Steps Nordic Walking Workshops

1 July 2014

 

NORTH WORKSHOP: Sunday, 8/17, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Shoreline

Description:

This workshop is especially suitable for persons who enjoy walking but have may have been walking very little recently. Perhaps after illness or injury, they may be ready to begin walking for exercise again. Or perhaps they may have reduced the amount of walking they do because of conditions affecting their mobility — for example, arthritis, or challenges with balance.

We will be walking on flat, paved paths. The total distance we will be walking during the workshop will be about three-quarters of a mile or less. We will be on our feet for about 45 minutes or less. Participants are welcome to bring a care partner, or a walker, and can take part in as much or as little of the workshop as feels comfortable.

Location: Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline. Meet at the Meridian Avenue entrance to Cromwell Park, at the bench close by the restrooms.

Driving Directions: Cromwell Park is about two minutes away from the NE 175th Exit on I-5.

From northbound or southbound I-5, take the NE 175th Street Exit. Go west on NE 175th for about six blocks to the intersection of NE 175th Street and Meridian Avenue N. Turn right onto Meridian Avenue N and go north. After about five blocks, turn right into the combined parking lot for both Cromwell Park and the King County District Court Shoreline Courthouse.

http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/DistrictCourt/Locations/Shoreline.aspx

Cost: Free

Class Size Limit: 6

Sign Up: Pre-registration is required. Call 206-684-5177 during business hours and reference registration #122509.

What to Wear or Bring: Please wearwalking or running shoes (not hiking boots), and please bring a water bottle, and a snack. Nordic walking poles and other equipment will be provided. You may have poles of your own. But please expect to use the nordic walking poles provided as part of the workshop.

Restrooms: Although restrooms are available, they may not be open early on Sunday morning.

Rain Cancellation: The workshop will not be held if it rains.

SOUTH WORKSHOP: Sunday, 8/24, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., South Seattle

Description: This workshop, an introduction to the basics of nordic walking, is especially suitable for persons who enjoy walking, and who already make walking one of their principal physical activities. This workshop will be of special value for persons who would like to nordic walk as part of a group, and develop their nordic walking skills through participation in group walks with other nordic walkers. Note: this is not a “refresher” course, but is intended for people who are new to nordic walking.

Location: Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S. We’ll meet at the bench to the right of the main entrance to the community center.

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/jeffercc.htm

Driving Directions: Please see the link for Mapquest directions:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?cat=Jefferson%20Community%20Center&address=3801%20Beacon%20Ave%20S&city=Seattle&state=WA&zipcode=98108

Cost: Free

Class Size Limit: 6

Sign Up: Pre-registration is required. Please call 206-684-5177 during business hours and reference registration #122510.

What to Wear or Bring: Please wearwalking or running shoes (not hiking boots), and please bring a water bottle, and a snack. Nordic walking poles and other equipment will be provided. You may have poles of your own. But please expect to use the nordic walking poles provided as part of the workshop.

Restrooms: Although restrooms are available, they may not be open early on Sunday morning.

Rain Cancellation: The workshop will not be held if it rains.

Free Summer Nordic Walking Workshops!

27 June 2014

Want to try the magic of walking with nordic poles? Try a free introductory workshop this summer, and experience the added enjoyment, upper body workout, and stability of nordic walking! Workshops are offered Sunday, 8/17, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Cromwell Park in Shoreline, and Sunday, 8/24, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Jefferson Park in South Seattle. For more details including registration information, click here:

Summer 2014 nordic walking workshops

Sound Steps ‘Walk of Champions’ at Jefferson Park (variable distance)!

12 June 2014

 

Saturday, 6/21, Join any time between 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

image009.jpg@01CF7411Choose your own distance for this “Grand Finale” to our spring training program! Walk up to a 13.1 mile half marathon using the ¾ mile paved walking loop at Jefferson Park. This event, organized by Sound Stepper Amelia Trowbridge, welcomes all who love to walk, whether you’ve been involved in the training program or not, and celebrates your accomplishment whether you walk one lap or twenty! Enjoy beautiful city views, live marimba music, snacks, prizes and a medal. Please register by 6/3 – the easiest way is to call the business service center at 206-684-5177 and give them the registration number below. Day-of registration is allowed but registering in advance really helps us prepare. Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave S. Free parking. Limited van transportation provided from north Seattle – contact Mari by 6/3.

Registration Numbers: 116696 for Basic Entry ($8); 116697 for entry including T-shirt or Hat ($18)

Sound Steps Walk of Champions!

20 May 2014

 

Saturday, 6/21. 7 a.m. Check-In; 7:30 a.m. Walk

Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave S.

 

Choose your own distance for this “Grand Finale” to our spring training program! Walk up to a 13.1 mile half marathon using the ¾ mile paved walking loop at Jefferson Park. This event, organized by Sound Stepper Amelia Trowbridge, welcomes all who love to walk, whether you’ve been involved in the training program or not, and celebrates your accomplishment whether you walk one lap or twenty! Enjoy beautiful city views, live marimba music, snacks, prizes and a medal. Register by 6/3 online, at your local community center, or by contacting Mari, using the registration numbers below. Limited van transportation from north Seattle – contact Mari by 6/3.

 

Registration Numbers: 116696 for Basic Entry ($8); 116697 for entry including T-shirt or Hat ($18)

 

Lake Washington Ship Canal Walk

20 May 2014

Monday, 6/9. Meet at 9:30 a.m.; Walk at 10 a.m.

Organized and led by Sound Stepper Mark Blitzer.

Your last chance to get into shape for the following weekend’s Sound Steps 10K and half marathon walk! Join us for an easy and flat six-mile walk along the scenic Lake Washington Ship Canal. We start at the south end of the Ballard Fred Meyer (NW 43rd Street, where there should be plenty of unrestricted street parking), proceed east to the Fremont bridge, cross to the south side of the canal, walk to the Ballard Locks, and take a short break at Fishermen’s terminal. We’ll cross back to the north side of the canal at the locks, then ambulate via Ballard back to Fred Meyer. All are welcome: fast or slow, north end or south end, whether in ‘training’ or not – you’re welcome to join for this picturesque walk! Walk is free. RSVP to Mari by 6/6.

Sound Steps Potluck

7 May 2014

Sound Steps Potluck

Friday, 5/9, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

Bring a dish to share, and join others from Lifelong Recreation for a delicious

potluck and some rousing rounds of Bingo! Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S

Myrtle St, Seattle

 

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