Approximately 70 intrepid walkers of all ages from across the U.S. and various corners of the world descended on Edmonds’ Marina Beach Park on the penultimate day of their 134-mile, six-day trek that began Sunday in White Rock, British Columbia and is set to conclude Friday in Seattle. And as a special treat, the planners have mapped out a post-trek city walking tour for Saturday that will take in the best of Seattle’s views, points of interest and historic spots.
Thursday’s walk began at 8 a.m. in Mukilteo, where the group set out from Lighthouse Park on an 18-mile pre-planned route through downtown Mukilteo, Harbor Point and into Edmonds via Talbot Road and Olympic View Drive. The first walkers began arriving at Marina Beach, the day’s destination point, shortly after 2 p.m., with the rest close behind amid choruses of cheers and never-ending high-fives.
EverWalk founders Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll accompanied the group all the way. Both consummate athletes, Nyad gained national recognition in 2013 as the first person to swim solo across the Florida Strait from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. An integral part of this effort, Stoll served as her head planner and expedition leader.
As reported last week in My Edmonds News, the energy the pair generated in this effort inspired them to find a way to keep the momentum going and share the sheer joy of accomplishment with as many people as possible — and EverWalk was born.
“What a beautiful town,” exclaimed Stoll. “The water, the mountains…this place is just lovely.”
Interested in joining EverWalk for Friday’s Edmonds-to-Seattle leg or Saturday’s Seattle City Walk? Sign up and get more information at the EverWalk Pacific Northwest web page here.
“We’d love to have you,” said Nyad.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel