LONG BEACH, Wash. - In partnership with 88 other locations throughout the state, Long Beach invites Washington residents to get active. While furthering the "Walk Across Washington" mission of celebrating healthy lifestyles and healthy communities, "A Walk Back In Time" will also provide the unique experience of viewing natural beauty and historic landmarks in Long Beach Saturday, Oct. 15.

Walk participants will explore a three-mile segment of the Discovery Trail, a coastal interpretative trail that provides breathtaking views of the expansive, dune-lined, little developed beach as well as historical markers commemorating the arrival of Lewis and Clark at the Pacific. The Long Beach walk will commence near the Seaview beach approach at 11 a.m. and finish at Clark's Tree, a 20-foot bronze sculpture of an evergreen located one mile north of the downtown area.

On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Seaview beach approach. A kick-off celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. Participants will receive goody bags on completion of the walk as well as a chance to win prizes such as a Vision Fitness treadmill, pedometers and more.

For additional information on the event or to register online, access www.walkwashington.org. Registration is free and, if completed by Oct. 1, includes a "Training Tips" brochure.

"A Walk Back in Time" will take place prior to the culmination of Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration activities occurring from Long Beach to Cannon Beach this fall. The signature event, "Destination: The Pacific," is slated for Nov. 11 through 15.

Walk Across Washington is a celebration of healthy lifestyles, drawing attention to the importance of regular physical activity for people of all ages. This event will involve thousands of Washington residents, each walking one or more 3-mile segments. Sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities, the Walk will take place in more than 85 cities and towns Oct. 9 through 15.

For information, access www.funbeach.com or call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at (800) 451-2542.

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