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Residents invited to attend 3rd annual Downtown to Defiance event on Sept. 13

September 1, 2015

On Sunday, Sept. 13, South Sound residents will gather to experience walking, running, biking, and rolling along the Tacoma waterfront, free of vehicle traffic. For the third year in a row, the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma will host Downtown to Defiance, an event that opens up 6.5 miles of roadways to human-powered transportation. This family-friendly event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to the public.

“I’m looking forward to joining in the community celebration that is the 3rd Annual Downtown to Defiance,” said Deputy Mayor David Boe. “This is a once-a-year opportunity to experience a great stretch of Tacoma’s waterfront—whether biking, running, or walking—and it’s a great way to preview the future trail connection from Downtown Tacoma to Point Defiance Park.”

The course runs along the Foss Waterway and Commencement Bay, from downtown at South 21st Street at the Foss Esplanade, along Dock Street, Schuster Parkway, and Ruston Way to the end of the Waterwalk near Point Defiance Park. In a change from previous years, participants are invited to join the event at any point and travel as far as they choose, with many opportunities to stop and enjoy food trucks, a skateboard park, a free kayak paddle and other activities along the way.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, and the first 500 people to register will be entered to win a gift certificate to a local business. For more information or to register today, visit

The event is sponsored, in part, by The Russell Family Foundation’s Puyallup Watershed Initiative, U.S. Bank, the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club, and MultiCare. In addition, the City received a Green Events award for planning this year’s event with environmental sustainability in mind, and will provide recycling stations and water fountains to limit waste from disposable bottles.

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