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Annual Downtown to Defiance Event on Sept. 11

Residents Invited to Attend Fourth Annual Downtown to Defiance Event on Sept. 11


Sept. 6, 2016



Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


Residents Invited to Attend Fourth Annual Downtown to Defiance Event on Sept. 11


On Sunday, Sept. 11, South Sound residents will gather to experience the Tacoma waterfront, free of vehicle traffic. For the fourth year, the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma will host Downtown to Defiance, an event that opens up almost seven miles of roadways to human-powered transportation. This family-friendly event is free to attend and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


"Downtown to Defiance has become a major community celebration,” said Downtown On the Go Executive Director Kristina Walker. “Participants can experience a great stretch of Tacoma's waterfront while biking, running, skateboarding, rollerblading, or walking.” 


The course runs along the Foss Waterway and Commencement Bay, from downtown at South 21st Street Park at the Foss Esplanade, along Dock Street, Schuster Parkway, and Ruston Way to the end of the Waterwalk near Point Defiance Park. Participants are once again 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, paddle board rentals and other activities along the way. 


Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. On the day of the event, participants can visit the registration booth and receive a branded cinch bag, available while supplies last. For more information or to register today, visit DowntowntoDefiance.com


The event is sponsored in part by The Russell Family Foundation’s Puyallup Watershed Initiative, U.S. Bank, and MultiCare. In addition, this event is part of the City’s Green Events Program with environmental sustainability in mind, and will provide recycling stations and water fountains to limit waste from disposable bottles.