More than 200 participate in the Fort-to-Fort Emancipation Day Walk in Frederiksted, St. Croix, on July 3, 2008. Approximately 400 were involved in the walk at various times along the way.

ST. CROIX — Joining a tradition now in its 20th year, residents will take to the streets well before dawn to participate in the annual Emancipation Day Fort-to-Fort “Walk to Freedom” a week from today.

Positive Nelson, a former senator and now commissioner of the Agriculture Department, has been the organizer of the event since its inception and said that despite the global pandemic, the July 3 walk is an important tradition to uphold. As the name suggests, the 15.6-mile trek will take participants — some walking, others running — from Fort Christiansvaern in the east to Fort Frederik in the west beginning at 4 a.m., an hour earlier than usual due to the expected heat this year.