San Diego County
Year Round Walks Downtown/
San Diego, CA
Sanction Number: 1590
14Km (8.4 miles)
Sponsor: San Diego County Rockhoppers - AVA 392/CA 23
For additional information call Steve d'Adolf at (858) 451-2130,
Identify yourself as a walker at the Bellman/Consierge desk on the left side of the lobby and ask for the walking box.
This is an honor-system, self-serve activity. Thank you for your cooperation.
Note: The walk box contains the materials for four (4) walks that start at this location.
Although this facility is open 24 hours daily, we request that you walk from DAWN TO DUSK only.
The walk is rated 1.
This walk qualifies for AVA Special Programs - Museum, Lighthouse, and Islands Walk credit.
You may walk twice in the same day on the same event for the same fee.
These events count for the earning of IVV Achievement Awards.
As with all events, there will be no refunds to those not completing the event.
Upon your return, stamp your books if credit is desired.
Remember, only one EVENT CREDIT for the first half year, and one event credit for the second half year may be entered in the event book for each event. You may participate for DISTANCE CREDIT without limit.
IVV credit is $3.00, others free.
Have a pen or pencil to use at the self-checkpoint.
Strollers and wheelchairs will be difficult on the steep block at the convention center, and on the incline from the waterfront to Balboa Park.
Water and rest rooms are available along the route.
The hotel is centrally located, and an excellent choice for people who want to stay near, and visit the San Diego Downtown/Waterfront area.
The donors, Richard and Annette Bloch, believe that the second greatest correctable cause of cancer mortality (smoking being #1) is relating death and cancer. Many have been brought up to believe that a diagnosis of cancer is a sentence to death. Some believe that treatments are worse. Thus diagnosed, many tend to give up and do not try to fight the disease.
This sparked the idea for the Cancer Survivors Parks. The parks would not only encourage current patients to have the will to fight but would subconsciously give healthy people, who otherwise do not expect to get cancer, the will to fight should they become subsequently diagnosed with the disease. While other parks may memorialize those who have died, the Cancer Survivors Parks are tributes to the living. These parks are a constant presence and daily reminder of one message: “Don’t equate death and cancer.” Patients and families of patients can stroll through the park and gain strength from its various components.
"Cancer...There's Hope" --The park has two fundamental elements. The first of these is a major sculpture created by the renowned artist Victor Salmones. This sculpture is located in "Road to Recovery Plaza," the central focal point of the park. It consists of eight life-size figures passing through a maze depicting cancer treatments and success. People can walk among the figures, touch them, walk through the maze and generally visualize themselves being helped.
The second fundamental element in the park is a “Positive Mental Attitude Walk.” This is covered walk way that people can stroll through while meditating and reading fourteen informational bronze plaques that provide inspiration and specific suggestions for fighting cancer.
Affectionately known as USS Neversail, the Recruit was a two-thirds scale mock-up and served as a Sea Daddy to new recruits. When completed in 1949, it was 225 long, had a 24-foot, four inch beam and a 41-foot mast.
From I-5 Heading South: Exit at Front Street / Civic Center. Continue a few blocks to Ash Street. Turn right (west). Proceed about 8 blocks to Harbor Drive. Turn left. The Holiday Inn On The Bay is on the left.
Railway Access: The Coaster and San Diego Trolley stop at the Amtrak Santa Fe Station are just three blocks away.
Web Site Design By Steven P. d'Adolf