2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores, WA Feb 16-18, 2019

2019 SEABREEZE WALKING FESTIVAL is coming to Ocean Shores, WA,
Feb. 16-18! 

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE:        http://www.esva.online/seabreeze-walking-festival/

This event includes six walks and a bike, as well as two YREs, in and around Ocean Shores, WA. Also featured on Saturday, February 16, is a dinner and social time in the evening.

Event: 2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores, WA.

Event Brochure: The event brochure is available here.

Walk Pre-registration: The walk pre-registration form is available here. Online walk pre-registration will be available via PayPal starting August 1, 2018, at which time the link will be provided here.  http://www.esva.online/seabreeze-walking-festival/

A lone seagull

Sponsors and Dates: The Capitol Volkssport Club invites walkers and cyclists to join them at Ocean Shores Saturday thru Monday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-18, 2019.

AVA Sanction#/Distances:

  • Ocean Shores Oyhut Bay Area Walk 111020 – 5K or 10K or 15K (all rated 1A).
  • Ocean Shores North Town Walk 111099 – 5K or 10K (both rated 1A).
  • Damon Point Walk 111023 – 5K or 7K or 12K (all rated 1C).
  • Moclips Walk 110986 – 5K or 10K (both rated 1C).
  • Griffiths-Priday State Park Walk 111024 – 5K or 7K or 10K or 30K (all rated 2C).
  • Seabrook Walk 111022 – 5K or 10K (both rated 2C).
  • Point Brown Bike 111021 – 25K or 30K (both rated 1A).
  • Two Ocean Shores YREs are also available 10K with 5K option (rated 1A or 1C).

 

Griffith Priday State Park
A walk on Damon Point
Driftwood explosion
Beach houses at Seabrook

Driving Directions: I-5 Northbound and Southbound: Take Exit 104 (US 101). Continue westbound as US 101 becomes SR 8 and then US 12 and finally US 101 again, passing through Aberdeen and Hoquiam. From Hoquiam continue on State Route 109 approximately 18 miles to the intersection with State Route 115, and turn left. Continue to Point Brown Ave (the entrance to Ocean Shores) and turn left. Turn right onto Chance-a-la-Mer at the traffic circle, then take the next right which is Ocean Shores Blvd. Drive .1 mile to the Ocean Shores Lions Club on the right.

Starting Point: Ocean Shores Lions Club, located at 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW in Ocean Shores, WA.

 

Starting Point: Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores

Start/Finish Times: Walkers may begin walking any time between 8 AM and 2 PM on Saturday or Sunday, and must be finished by 5 PM. Walkers may begin walking any time between 8 AM and noon on Monday, and must be finished by 3 PM on Monday.

Saturday Evening Social: This is an Italian dinner at 6 PM on Saturday night, featuring a new caterer. See registration form for menu. We’re also excited to welcome the six-piece Burren Band, who will play Irish music. Cost is $35 per person (US Funds only, please), which includes tax and gratuity. B.Y.O.B. Advance reservation is required, and seating is limited to the first 120 tickets sold. Dinner reservations may be made via mail using the form located here, and must be received by February 1, 2019. Online dinner reservations via PayPal will be available by August 1, 2018, at which time the URL will be provided here. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Further Saturday Night Social information: e-mail sheila.morrison@comcast.net.

 

A herd of birds
Window in the driftwood
Beach cabins at Moclips
The river mouth at Pacific Beach

Facilities/Pets: Restrooms and water will be available at the start and finish, also at restaurants or stores (where they exist) along the routes. Pets are permitted but NOT in buildings. Owners must observe leash and clean up laws.

Registration and Costs: These events count for American Volkssport Association (AVA) and IVV credit. Those walking or cycling for credit only will pay $3 per walk. Free participants are welcome. All walkers and cyclists must register, carry, and return a start card. Donations in support of the festival are always appreciated. Pre-registration for events is now open. Print and mail the form located here, or register online after August 1, 2018. On-site registration will also be available throughout the festival.

Lodging: Please note this event occurs on a holiday weekend, so it would be prudent to make hotel reservations early.

Other walks in the area: If you would like to come early, stay late, or walk on your way down and back, we have YREs for you. These can be found in Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, Tumwater, and Westport. Details of all of the YRE walks can be found here and details for YRE bikes here.

Please note: The sponsors are not liable for accidents, thefts, or material damage. Every effort will be made by the sponsors to make this a safe, enjoyable, and memorable event.  Weather will be provided; hope to see you there!

Seabrook pines
Low tide
A Viking longship
The beach steps at Seabrook

Walk and bike details: All walks, and the bike route, are MAP ONLY routes; there will be no trail markings. Please also note that many of the walks are weather and tide dependent.

The following descriptions are subject to change, as the exact routes have not yet been finalized.

Ocean Shores Oyhut Bay Area Walk: 5K or 10K or 15K, all rated 1A. Walk the southern end of Ocean Shores through neighborhoods and city parks, and a new small development with café and Bistro, Market. Views of North Bay, Chehalis River and mountains.These walks are suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Ocean Shores North Town Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 1A. Take a break from the beach! Enjoy the north end of Ocean Shores with this walk. Walk past homes with views of North Bay as well as a small lake. After walking through neighborhoods you will wind your way along both sides of Point Brown Avenue NE where you can stop and enjoy a variety of shops, art stores, and a wide variety of restaurants.

Damon Point Walk: 5K or 7K or 12K, all rated 1C. Walk around a former island in the Chehalis River, now connected to the mainland by a sand spit. On good days, there are views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, the Olympics, and the distant cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Westport. Seals, eagles, sandpipers, sanderlings, surfers, fishermen, ships, driftwood, shells, and the occasional Snowy Owl are sometimes seen while walking in this area. On the ocean side of Damon Point, the beach can be quite steep; some walkers have found walking sticks helpful (one can easily be found among the driftwood, if you don’t normally carry one …). These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Snowy owl at Damon Point
What is it?
In the woods at Seabrook
Canal homes at Ocean Shores

Moclips Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 1C. Walk from Moclips to Pacific Beach State Park along the rugged north beach. This walk has the option of returning to Moclips through Pacific Beach State Park and the quaint town of Pacific Beach or along the beach. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Griffiths-Priday State Park Walk: 5K or 7K or 10K or 30K, all rated 2C. Walk through the dunes on a remote corner of the Washington coast, free from cars year-round, and along the beach. See nature in action as the land and paths erode in one area and build up in another. Due to this ongoing erosion, the path can be rougher than you might expect it to be walking on sand dunes or on the beach. Walking sticks are recommended for those who find them helpful. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Seabrook Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 2C. Walk through the new vacation community of Seabrook. This walk includes paved streets in the town portion, a trail through the woods surrounding the town, and the beach. Trails through the woods are fairly well maintained, but can be uneven. The 10K walk goes up and down the bluff via steps to the beach, and passes several huge tree stumps that were left by loggers in the past. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Ocean Shores Bike: 25K or 30K, both rated 1A. The 25K and 30K routes circle the Ocean Shores peninsula on flat roads, through neighborhoods and undeveloped areas. Bikes are available for rent from local businesses.

The land between the creek and the sea
Sea lion pup

 

Come Walk With Us!

 

2019 Victoria Phoenix Festival May 3-5, 2019

VICTORIA PHOENIX WALKING FESTIVAL
Victoria, British Columbia,  Canada

May 3 – 5, 2019
GREEK COMMUNITY CENTRE
4648 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria BC V8Z 5M1

Festival opens at 8:00 am Friday and closes at 3:00 pm on Sunday 

Full information available at:  http://www.vvpf.ca/index.html   

What is happening – Updated Aug 5, 2018                                                                      

  • Additional walks added to the weekend
  • Seven walks will be available every day with 5, 6, 10, 11 or 12 km distances.                   
  • One 21 km with open start available on Saturday.
  • Want the challenge of a longer walk? Combine walks for 21, 32 or 42 km distances.
  • If you collect Volkssport credits you will get credit for each walk.                                 
  • All walks begin and end at the Greek Community Centre. 
  • Walks available with open starts all three days and group walks each day with one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • The popular swim event is offered again this year on Saturday & Sunday  
  • Once again, lots of great prizes.  20 tickets included in your registration package to put in the prize boxes of your choice.
  • Complimentary coffee available all day.  Goodies, cookies etc 8:00 until 10:00 am.  
  • Lunch, snacks, beer & wine available for purchase from 11:00 onward.
  • Meet & Greet on Friday with tasty variety of Greek snacks (included in registration fee).
  • Dinner Saturday night will be the very popular Greek buffet with delicious pasta, meats salads, vegetables & dessert.  Sells out at each Festival.
  • Cash bar available both nights.                                 

Other exciting news:                                                                                            

  • There will be a pre Festival walk on Thursday evening along the Victoria waterfront starting from a downtown location. (Location to be confirmed)
  • After the Festival, there will be a post Festival six days of walking on Vancouver Island. ‘Coast to Coast’
    • Walks begin Monday morning with a walk on the trails through the Hatley Park National Historic site and along the waterfront of Esquimalt Lagoon.  Walks will continue up Island in Chemainus, Westwood Lake/Morrell Nature Sanctuary, Little Qualicum Falls, Cathedral Grove, Ucluelet, Tofino, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and ending in Nanaimo on Saturday, September 11th. 
    • Join us for all the walks or one or two.  No advance registration required. 
    • See Coast to Coast Walk page for walk schedule and suggested accommodation.                                                                                         

Changes to Festival. This year in our efforts to be more environmentally aware, we will not be supplying single use disposable bottles of water.  We will instead have water coolers available to fill your own bottles.  Please remember to bring a water bottle.                                                                  

For the last two Festivals we have not had to increase our fees. Unfortunately due to rising costs, the Greek Community Centre has had to increase their prices.  For us to continue to put on the Festival, we have had to increase our fees accordingly. We hope you will continue to support us and join us for a great fun  filled weekend.                            

We look forward to seeing you all in May, 2019

     FUN, FITNESS, FRIENDSHIP & FOOD!!

Mail-in Registration is now open. Online registration will be available soon