Portland’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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It’s my birthday weekend.  After a great brunch today with family and friends, I got in some walking.  Not a remote alpine hike, exactly, but it was a walk for a great cause.  Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.  Due to the complexities of the misunderstood disease, it is the most expensive of all disease. 

Every year there are walks to end Alzheimer’s, and this year my wife and I got involved through a new friend.  Thousands of people did the 2.9 mile walk in today’s heat at Portland International Raceway in North Portland.  It was almost too hot for walking on a paved racetrack, but the cause was important and the company was good, so we were pleased to be involved.  It was a bit strange walking around a curving track where cars scream by at 100 mph. We were glad to reach the end, where many volunteers applauded the racewalkers and a band played some great bayou blues.

For more information, check out the Alzheimer’s organization website.  

About Josh Baker

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir

Posted on September 7, 2014, in Outdoors, Urban Hiking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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