Happening nearby: Seventh annual Dick’s walkathon sets off from Edmonds

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    Event co-founders Lars Phillips and JP Osseward began the Dick's Walkathon in 2011 with just the two of them.  Since then it has grown, and this years the pair expected more than 50 participants.
    Event co-founders Lars Phillips and JP Osseward began the Dick’s Walkathon in 2011 with just the two of them. Since then it has grown, and this years the pair expected more than 50 participants.

    To paraphrase an old saying, the journey of 22 miles begins with a single step, and that step happened at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-in at 220th Street Southwest and Highway 99. That’s when a group of more than 25 walkers set off set off to pound the pavement, eat burgers and raise money for charity. The group will stop at all six Dick’s Drive-ins, ending their trek at around 8 p.m. with soft ice cream sundaes at the Queen Anne Dick’s.

    “Last year we raised $2,500 for Seattle-area charities that support the homeless,” said organizer Lars Phillips. “This year, thanks to matching funds pledged by our corporate sponsors, we hope to reach $15,000. Look for the ‘Change for Charity’ box at Dick’s serving windows, say ‘yes’ when your server asks if you’d like to round up your tab, and remember that thanks to our sponsors, every dollar will get matched twice.”

    Evan Christie, brother-in-law of event co-founder JP Osseward,  and 6-month daughter Tallulah get ready to start the trek.
    Evan Christie, brother-in-law of event co-founder JP Osseward, and 6-month daughter Tallulah get ready to start the trek.

    For more background on this year’s Dick’s Walkathon, read our previous coverage here.

    Learn more at the Dick’s Walkathon Facebook page.

    — Photos by Larry Vogel

    Lars Phillips checks off Kevin Drake's first meal of the day.  "I figured I'd start off strong with a Dick's Deluxe!" said Drake.
    Lars Phillips checks off Kevin Drake’s first meal of the day. “I figured I’d start off strong with a Dick’s Deluxe!” said Drake.

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