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Walk across the Island

Mercer Island to participate with more than 85 cities from across Washington

Thousands of people of all ages and abilities in Washington are expected to lace up their walking shoes to participate in ``Walk Across Washington,'' a virtual walk across the state which will cover more than 250 miles the week of Oct. 9 to Oct. 15. Each city event will uniquely showcase the parks, trails, natural beauty, and special features of the community.

Mercer Island is one of more than 85 cities that will be celebrating the week-long event developed by the Association of Washington Cities to promote healthy communities and the benefits of walking and physical activity.

A spectacular time to see autumn foliage, take in the crisp air, and enjoy a scenic trail, the three-mile walk across Mercer Island is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

The event will begin at Mercer Island City Hall, 9611 S.E. 36th St., with on-site registration at 9 a.m. and a start time of 10 a.m. Parking for registered participants is available at the City Hall parking lot. The detailed scenic walking route is:

? Out of City Hall parking lot, turn left onto S.E. 36th St.

? Turn right onto North Mercer Way and pick-up the I-90 Lid Trail

? Follow the trail towards Luther Burbank Park

? Follow the marked trails through Luther Burbank Park

? Exit Luther Burbank Park and walk down 84th Ave. S.E.

? Turn right on S.E. 26th St. and at the top of the hill, turn right and pick up the I-90 Lid Trail again

? Stay on I-90 Lid Trail to the Park on the Lid baseball fields - end of walk

Talking Rain bottled water will be available for all walkers. The city will offer a courtesy shuttle service from the Park on the Lid back to city Hall after the walk. For more information and to register online for the free event, visit www.walkwashington.org.

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