My girlfriend and some of her friends often do these walks for exercise. My girlfriend's sister works in a bank that helps sponsors the event so we were invited to participate. The walk is 10k (6.5 miles) but they also had a 3k for those wanting a shorter distance.
I was really regretting my agreement to participate when 8am Saturday rolled around and I was walking to the bus stop to get to the Rose Quarter to begin the walk. Arriving at the Rose Quarter I guess the crowd size was 2,000 complete with music and of course, CORPORATE sponsorship crap everywhere.
I do appreciate the good work by all the people involved but don't they know the connection between plastic disposable crap and birth defects (www.ourstolenfuture.org)? Along the route they handed out plastic bubble pens, platic bags, plastic noise makers, plastic bottles of water, disposable cups, plates and forks, ballons and other crap as well.
Do the sponsors not know the connections?
At the end of the route was a group handing out information about MOD animal testing as well as information on top executive compensation (CEO makes over $400,000/year). I also saw a plane fly overhead with a message to stop animal testing.