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Free 10-kilometer walk spans sidewalks and trail's paved lower stretches between Scappoose and Vernonia on Saturday

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - The Longview (Wash.) Border Crossers will welcome enthusiasts to a walk on the Crown Zellerbach Trail, pictured in this photo with Andy Haugen, Joel Haugen, Larry Lehman and Pete McHugh in Joel Haugen's efforts to expand it in 2014, on Saturday.The Longview (Wash.) Border Crossers will host a free Crown Zellerbach Trail Walk, with a starting window from 8 a.m. to noon and a 3 p.m. finish time, on Saturday at Miller Park, north of East Columbia Ave., in Scappoose.

The 10-kilometer route, wheelchair- and stroller-friendly, runs along sidewalks and a paved trail on the lower segments of the trail between Scappoose and Vernonia on the way to the Scappoose Farmers Market.

"The Crown Zellerbach Trail is a great trail in the first place, and the walk is a good introduction to the rest of it," said Border Crossers trailmaster Kay Lockwood, who reported that there were 1,860 self-guided walks in the United States last year. "We expect, depending on what's going on [this] weekend, 50 to 100 people, and everybody walks at their own pace."

The Border Crossers (longviewbordercrossers.org) also offer an alternative five-kilometer Crown Zellerbach route, and Volkssport ("the people's sport" in the spirit of family activities and good health and fitness) enthusiasts will receive $3 of lifetime achievement credit.

Pets are welcome, and all walkers must register at the starting line and carry and return a start card.

"Volkssporting is a lifetime sport suitable for men, women and children of every age," according to the American Volkssport Association (ava.org). "The AVA provides special books for recording not only event participation and distance, but cities, states, even countries and other special places where members have made walking memories. Many participants take part in the low-cost Lifetime Achievement Awards Program that adds to the fun and promotes a sense of accomplishment."

Contact Border Crossers president Sam Korff at 503-728-0400 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions and information.

Crown Zellerbach Trail Walk

Who: Free and open to the public, hosted by the Longview (Wash.) Border Crossers

Where: From Miller Park starting line in Scappoose to the Scappoose Farmers Market

When: 8 a.m - noon start time and 3 p.m. finish on Saturday

How to join: Register at the Miller Park, carry and return a start card

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