-  Thaipoosa Walk

Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization.


Our mission is to conduct Pathayathirai alias Walk on auspicious day to bring the community together on a healthy social note. - Thaipoosa Walk

Social walk with friends and family to Concord for Thaipoosam on Iron horse trail from San Ramon central park.

Thaipoosam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel "spear" so he could vanquish the evil demon.

Belief is that devote a physical burden through which implore for help from the God Murugan! take a vow to offer to god for the purpose of tiding over or averting a great calamity. We are happy that, we could bring amazing experience to people in this area from the year 2011.

We are getting many queries regarding this year walk, please read the following:

* Thaipoosa Pathayathirai (walk) 2020 is an organized one day walk with proper permit on Feb 8th Saturday from San Ramon (Bishop Ranch 15) to Concord (Wren Elementary school).

* Registration is a MUST to participate in this walk as per permit.

* Please send thank you note to EastBay park district:

* We are not responsible for any other (walk) messages floating around.

Volunteer Registration is here. .

1. Registration is compulsory for every participant

2. There is NO entry fee or donation required, but here are certain guidelines that needs to be followed to comply with safety, logistics and the permit rules & regulations from the authorities. This is mandatory for all participants.

3. Starting Points

The San Ramon starting point is at Bishop Ranch 15 , which has a huge parking lot, and must be strictly followed, NO parking at San Ramon City center on Bollinger Canyon Road or near the tennis courts.

The Walden Park starting point. NO parking here; please drop off the participants here, then park the car in Pleasant Hill Bart and join them as needed.

4. Ending Point

Wren Elementary School, Concord . Just off of the trail!

5. No group registration Each individual needs to register separately. , For minors less than 18, Parent needs to register. On the event day, registrants will get a wrist band when they submit the signed registration form at the Registration Booth at the starting point. Registration will be closed as soon as we reach the set number for the event.

6. All registered participants will receive a band which is required to be worn from starting point till the end point.


View map of 2020 Thaipoosa Walk route( Updated on 1/8/2020)

Convey your thanks to east bay park for providing permit to use the trail facilities.

More on Iron horse Trail

Walk is open to all people, religion and race. All are welcome.

Humble request from organizers: Please do not block entire trail at any given time. Respect local rules. Do not leave trash along the trail.

Check weather to make decision on getting a rain poncho.

Selected Comments

Thanks to all sponsors, volunteers, agencies and participants for making Thaipoosa walk event great success.

This event is brought to you by passionate volunteers and generous sponsors like you to bring the tradition here locally.


I would like to share a wonderful experience by a Portuguese women (I’m not sure if I have mentioned the correct country)

Here is the details 
Note she requested not to mention her name but asked me to share her experience in our group.

I was volunteering in Walden park and suddenly around 2:00PM a women approached me and was complementing 
how well we have organized this whole event. When I thanked her she continued to share her experience, 
seems like she was doing her usual walk and saw many of us, due to her interest to different culture 
she had reached out to a group and enquired more details.

This group of people (not sure who 😊) not only explained but also encouraged to walk with them 
She happily did walk all the way to temple had good Darshan and got the prasadam too 

She is now saying going forward she would like to walk every year 

This really made my day and felt blessed 
Concord Muruganuku Arokara!!!

Well organized and executed. Kudos to the organizers and all the volunteers.
If possible, publish the volunteer list and their efforts.

Hats off to all the volunteers. There are no words...Very well
Organized all the way to temple. Super delicious food. So much hard work by all of you. 
My sincere thanks for the great work and bringing the community together.


அருமையான 👌 அனுபவம். 
பங்களித்த / ஏற்பாடு செய்த அனைவருக்கும் மிக்க நன்றி 🙏 
மிக அருமையான வானிலையும் கூட !
மீண்டும் அடுத்த வருடம் சந்திக்கும் வரை நன்றி 🙏 

Trail rules : Iron horse trail rules , Contra Costa Canal Trail rules

Disclaimer: You are participating in the walk on your own interest and you are responsible for your own act. No one from or other organiztion or volunteers or other facilitators should be held liable for anything. This event is facilitated by passionate volunteers.

Participant Agreement: You understand and agree that this walk event will test physical and mental limits and there is the possibility that you may suffer property loss, serious injury or life loss. This could be caused by the natural conditions, terrain, facilities, trail conditions and/or traffic on the roads and trails. This could also be caused by the actions of other people include in but not limited to participants, volunteers, spectators, event organisers, course monitors, or and East Bay Regional Park District employees, or city employees or other organiztion officials or volunteers or transport agents.

Keywords: Concord Thaipoosam or Thaipusam or Thaipusa Walk, pathyathirai, padayatra from San Ramon Central park