PAST DATES AND TIMES
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Rosslyn - 1900 N Fort Myer Dr
The three-day event begins Friday October 13 through October 15, 2016. The walks are designed to challenge all levels of walkers from three-mile strollers to 26-mile marathoners. The festival started in 2001 and is loosely based on European walks such as the Four Day Nijmegen March in the Netherlands.
All walks begin and end at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn at Key Bridge, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive. The hotel is three blocks from the Rosslyn Metro Station. Walkers often sport small flags in their hats or on their backpacks to identify their country during the Welcome Walk on Friday afternoon. Each day features different trails and trail lengths. Organizers designed the trails to include scenic highlights such as Roosevelt Island, the C&O Canal, the Capitol Crescent trail, and Glover-Archbold Park. While primarily a walking event, participants will also have the opportunity for a bike on the Arlington Loop & swim event at the hotel pool.
The event is not a race, Grenier said. Finishing the event is the key. Walkers have a window of several hours to start their events. The schedule begins with a 5- or 10-kilometer Welcome Walk on Friday. On Saturday walkers have the choice of 6-, 12-, 21-, or 44-kilometer walks. On Sunday, there are 6-, 12-, 21-, and 32-kilometer walks. There is a social on Friday evening & an International Dinner at the Vantage Point Restaurant, Holiday Inn on Saturday night. The American Volkssport Association and the IML, Walking Association sponsor the FreedomFest.