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Friendship Walk comes to Arlington


September 20, 2017 | View PDF

The 10th annual Friendship Walk, Run, and Car Wash will return to Arlington on Sept. 23 this year, this time with a superhero theme.

Participants can walk or race in downtown Arlington to support adults with development disabilities during the day.

The event provides funds for Village Community Services, which is a Snohomish County organization that provides programs for local adults with developmental disabilities. Specifically, the event helps “Voices of the Village” a music and band program for adults with developmental disabilities.

The Friendship Walk and Run starts at Legion Park, 114 North Olympic Ave., Arlington. Registration opens at 8 p.m.

The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. and the one-mile Friendship Walk through downtown Arlington begins at 10:30 a.m.

“My favorite part is the one-mile Friendship Walk through old-town Arlington and back up the Centennial Trail,” said Michelle Dietz, development executive at Village Community Services.

Voices of the Village will also play in Legion Park at the same time as the vent.

“It’s nice to see people that are downtown shopping who stop by to see the band and sometimes drop off a donation,” said Dietz.

She said that those in the area don’t have to participate in the walk or run, they can just come down and listen to the music.

A car wash at the same time at the Co-Op Supply will be run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store is at 121 S. Olympic Ave., Arlington.

Contact Michelle Dietz at for more information or to volunteer with Village Community Services.

Those who want to donate can find the Friendship Walk registration booth at Legion Park at the event or online at


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