The U.S. FreedomWalk Festival: Walk Arlington, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Fall is a great time to walk in the  Washington, D.C. area.

Fall is a great time to walk in the Washington, D.C. area.

On Friday, October 19, 2012 through Sunday, October 21, 2012 you have the opportunity to participate in self-paced walks that will give you a different perspective on the Washington, D.C. area. Imagine seeing Arlington, Virginia, the monuments of the Mall and the C&O Canal on foot. If you are a walking enthusiast, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

About the FreedomWalk Festival
The U.S. FreedomWalk Festival is a weekend-long social walking challenge bringing participants of all ages and abilities together for exercise, fun, and international friendship. Each day features a different walk available only on that day.

US FreedomWalk Checkpoint

US FreedomWalk Checkpoint

This non-competitive walking sport event is called volksmarching. It’s a walk for fitness and fellowship only with the chance to learn something about the U.S. and about other walkers from around the world. Often groups of walkers travel from other countries to do the walk events. You’ll have choices of trails and of distances so there is an event for all abilities. ¬†Everyone is welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Volksmarching is part of an International program of self-paced walking events. You can read about more of these International walks in our articles.

Walk along the C&O Canal.

Walk along the C&O Canal.

Walking Schedule
Friday, October 19
Experience Arlington, Virginia hospitality with a Welcome Walk west of the Potomac River. Friday’s trails are five and 10 km long. Arlington was named the “Number 1 Walking City in 2005 and runner up in 2010” by the American Podiatric Society.

Saturday, October 20
Saturday’s walks (3, 12, or 27 miles) walk by the embassies, memorials, the National Mall, all three branches of the federal government, and Arlington Cemetery. The 27-mile ultra marathon travels around some of the best trails in Arlington after visiting Washington, DC.

Sunday, October 21
Sunday’s walks (3, 6, 12, or 18 miles) branch out to the C&O Canal and other parks depending on the distance selected by the participants.

Event Information
Location: All walks begin and end at the official hotel of the event, Holiday Inn-Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209
Cost: $15 Р$24 (depending on events chosen)  Children $5
Registration: Required or at the starting location beginning at 12 noon on Friday, October 19 for an additional late registration fee.
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Memorial Bridge

Memorial Bridge

These events are full of fun, fitness and international camaraderie. People travel from all over the United States and the world to attend. October is a beautiful time to experience the Washington D.C. area.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose