ALTON — The Illinois Trekkers welcome walkers to join in an Eagle Fest walk.
The route provides an opportunity to view trumpeter swans and bald eagles and to trek through the Alton historic district.
The all-ages, non-competitive walk is on Saturday, Jan. 23. Registration time and start point for the 5K and 6K walks are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at McDonald’s Restaurant, 717 E. Broadway in Alton. The cost is $3 per participant and the first 50 who finish the walk receive a gold eagle lapel pin. Walkers will be off the trail by 2:30 p.m.
The 6K loop is on flat, paved surfaces along the Mississippi River on the Madison County Transit Confluence Trail, a site for eagle-watching. The 5K loop through historic Alton is rated 3A and mostly follows sidewalks and streets.
“This is a great chance to sight bald eagles as they feed in the churning water of the Alton locks and dam,” said Dale Gerlach, event point of contact and vice president of the Illinois Trekkers. Gerlach explained that this is a non-competitive, family-oriented, leisure walk sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association.
Volkswalks originated in Germany as leisure walks through a scenic or historic area over a mapped route.
The Illinois Trekkers Volkssport Club is affiliated with a nationwide walking association that sponsors walk events in all 50 states throughout the year. The local club meets monthly in the area. Walk schedules and additional information is available at the Illinois Trekkers website, www.illinois-trekkers.org.
For information, call Gerlach at (618) 560-0420.