Memorial Day event in Defiance

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Walking clubs from several Ohio cities have joined together to offer five walks in five northwestern Ohio cities this Memorial Day weekend. The public is invited to participate in these events.

Headquarters for the five-county extravaganza will be the Comfort Inn at Defiance. Walkers can pickup directions there for the walks in Defiance, Archbold, Bryan, Napoleon and Paulding. Local residents are encouraged to participate in the events and learn more about the activity that is popular in 45 countries of the world.

Clubs that have worked at mapping out and measuring routes are the Blanchard Valley Volkssporters from Findlay; Maumee Valley Volkssporters from the Toledo area; Bulls Run Ramblers from Middletown; Ohio Wander Freunde and the Xenia Walking Club.

A registration-information table at the Comfort Inn will be open during daylight hours May 25 through May 28 where representatives of the clubs will be available to greet and talk with local residents and provide directions to the starting location of the five walks.

This event is expected to draw walkers from all over Ohio and surrounding states. Those who haven’t participated in a previous event or would like to walk with an experienced walker can contact Craig Gauger at 419-893-0540 or at cgauger@hotmail.com and he will be able to pair newcomers up with veteran walkers.

There is no charge to participate in a walk where the route takes in historic and scenic spots in each of the five communities. However, walkers who wish to keep track of their distances and number of events will pay $3.

All walks are on paved walkways making it easy for wagons, strollers and wheelchairs. Water and restrooms are available at the start/finish of all walks.

The Paulding walk starts and ends at the LaFountain Park, 700 Lincoln Ave., and passes the Carnegie Library, the fire department and police station among other attractions. Information about this walk is available from Elizabeth Behrendt at 419-425-53 or 419-306-0957 or ebehrendt@bmrattorneys.com.

All walks are noncompetitive and family oriented. A variety of routes will be available. Written directions are given s people can walk at their own pace and for however far they wish to walk. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash and cleaned up after. Pets are not allowed in public buildings.

The Defiance walk starts and ends at Pontiac Park on East River Drive and passes a bakery, a baseball diamond, the Carnegie Library, a classic movie theater, a historic fort and a policed station. This walk is sponsored by Ohio Wander Freunde. Information about this walk is available from Dawn Gruber at 1-937-0879-0500 or DGruber333@aol.com.

The Bryan walk will start and end at the Four Seasons Diner, 233 Main Street, and passes a Carnegie Library, a classic movie theater and police station. Information about this walk is available from Mike Perkins at 513-423-1733 or parkma@hotmail.com.

In Napoleon, the walk will start and end at Riverside Park, one block east of 222 E. Front St. and will pass a Carnegie Library, police station, a bakery, a mural as well as incorporating part of the Buckeye Trail. Information about the Napoleon walk is available from Faith (faith@toast.net) or Craig Gauger at 419-893-0540 or gcgauger@hotmail.com.

The Archbold walk will start and end at Sauder Heritage Inn, 22611State Route 2. Information about this walk is available through Carol Yegerlehner at 937-878-8381 or KLOCKHAUS@aol.com.

For information on Ohio walks, visit www.ava.org/ava_search.asp?search=true.

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