2015 20 Mile Historical Walk - Update #2

_MG_3474Sean Bressie | Sonoma County Historical Society

The 11th Annual Sonoma County 20 Mile Historical Walk in San Francisco commemorating the anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Expo is June 6, 2015


So far we have a total of 23 official walkers for June 6th. Please spread the word to family, friends, coworkers and whoever else you can think of who might enjoy walking with us.

We're sending this update now because we need to get a better count by the beginning of April to organize meals, buses etc., so please sit down, go to our website: sonomacountyhistory.org, complete the paperwork (one application per person, please) and mail them to Ray Johnson, as indicated on the enrollment form, along with a check. Thanks!

For those of you living nearer to Petaluma than Coddingtown in Santa Rosa, we will be picking up and returning walkers to the Petaluma Farigrounds parking lot. For walkers not taking the bus from Santa Rosa or Petaluma, you can meet us at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge at 5:30 AM. Parking is available there. Please indicate on your enrollment if you want to be picked up in Petaluma or meet us at the bridge. We will need this information to properly account for everyone.

I want to remind you that Jeff Tobes will be leading an eight hour final preparatory walk on May 23rd, rain or shine. Interested walkers will meet at 7:45 AM at the Coddingtown Library and will return at 4:00 PM. Bring your own lunch or $5-$10 for a pizza lunch, and a water bottle.

Please take the time to prepare for the walk by starting to walk now. We have 11 weeks left until the San Francisco walk. Walking daily, beginning at 30 minute walks, is a good place to start. Then you can increase your daily walks to 45 - 60 minutes a day. On the weekends or when you have time you should take longer walks increasing your time and mileage as we get nearer to the San Francisco walk date. If you put in the time to condition yourself for the walk, you will not only be getting good exercise, but will be able to enjoy the walk day more because you are in great shape. I will be encouraging everyone to "WALK" prior to the big day with each update, so get started as soon as possible.

These businesses have donated or discounted the following: A BIG THANK YOU!

    E & M Serra -$500 to the cause
    20/30 Club - $500 for reduced enrollment fees for children
    Farmer's Market at Wells Fargo Center - for breakfast items
    Freeman Toyota -2 vans
    Dr. Insomnic's -breakfast
    Culligan - water
    National Ice Company - ice
    State Farm Insurance - water bottles
    Shutterbug - gift certificates for photo contest
    Mr. Pickles - lunch
    Oliver's - energy bars
    -videographer, walk to be streamed live

    The following help is still needed:
    1. Two drivers for the support vehicles.
    2. Volunteers to hold enlarged historic pictures at sites along the way.
    3. For $50 you can advertise your business on our website, along the perimeter of the map and in our Sonoma Historian publication.
    4. Volunteer to write about their walk experience afterwards for the Sonoma County
    5. Cash is always helpful:
    T-Shirts - $1000 (logo of advertiser on back of t-shirt)
    Breakfast - $500
    Lunch - $600
    Dinner - $1000
    Buses - $1000 per bus (2 or 2/12 buses will be provided)

Of course, meals and expenses with be provided for all volunteers.

We will be having a Photo Contest again this year. The categories are being changed and discussed at this time. I will have more information about the Photo Contest in the next update.

Again, please spread the word and contact me if you have any questions.

Get outside today and start walking! Maybe we'll meet along the way!

Sandy Grant (707)542-4591 grant02@comcast.net