MISSION - The ninth annual Salmon Walk will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute near Wildhorse Casino Resort on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A variety of activities are planned for all ages.
The races include a 10-mile bicycle race, 10-k and 5-k runs and a 3-mile Family Fun Walk. Runners, walkers and bikers who have not registered in advance can sign up at the event or online at www.umatilla. nsn.us/salmonwalk.html. Prizes will be awarded in all races. The family fun walk is dedicated to the memory of Tribal elder Elsie McKay.
Other activities at this year's Salmon Walk will include a tour of live spawning salmon, T-shirt sales, pony rides, face painting, a dunk tank, information booths, children's games and "Fin," a 25-foot long walk-through salmon.
The bus for the salmon spawning tour will depart from TCI at 7 a.m. to take participants to the upper Umatilla River to observe wild salmon on their spawning beds. Those interested in taking the tour are asked to arrive 15 minutes before departure time. The bus will return around 11 a.m.
Spawning tour participants are encouraged to bring cameras, comfortable walking shoes, binoculars and polarized sunglasses. A guide will point out sites of interest along the way, through the heart of the reservation.
Proceeds from Salmon Walk 2004 will supplement the natural resources curriculum of local schools. Part of that curriculum is the annual Salmon Expedition, held each spring for more than 1,000 local students. The event is hosted by CTUIR and sponsored by the ports of Pasco, Umatilla and Kennewick; Wildhorse Resort & Casino; and the city of Pendleton. Several community groups volunteer their time to assist in the event.
Salmon Walk 2004
6:45 a.m. - Register to take the Salmon Walk tour of spawning beds.
7 a.m. - Bus tour leaves and on-site registration begins.
8 a.m. - On-site registration ends.
8:05 a.m. - Salmon Nation Flag Ceremony with Antone Minthorn and Craig Jackson.
8:20 a.m. - Family Fun Walk begins.
8:25 a.m. - 10-K Run begins.
8:30 p.m. - 5-K Run begins.
8:45 a.m. - All Watershed event booths open and the Watershed Quiz Hunt for Answers begins.
10 a.m. - Dunk Tank opens.
11 a.m. - Salmon Bake opens
Noon - Awards ceremony, drawings for raffles, including Pendleton blanket, Round-Up tickets and other items.