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Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area

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Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area
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Charity Walks are a wonderful way to improve your own health and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time. Special events are held each year, providing the perfect opportunity to volunteer some time, set exercise goals and make new friends. Here is the schedule of upcoming walks in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Virginia:

Spring 2015 - To be announced on this page
Fall 2014 - Page 2

National Walk for Epilepsy
April 11, 2015 - Washington, DC
The 2 mile walk along the National Mall raises money for the Epilepsy Foundation to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.


Bright Beginnings 5K Race
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC
The 5K event helps local families transition out of homelessness while preparing their children to enter kindergarten ready to read and ready to learn. The annual race is organized by volunteers from the Junior League of Washington. Participants will receive a t-shirt, running bag, food and water, and will be entered into a drawing for raffle prizes. Meet at new location this year on Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC

The Scope It Out 5K will kick off at Freedom Plaza, 13th & Pennsylvania, and will include a scenic tour of popular DC sites including the National Galley, Newseum, FBI Headquarters, Ford’s Theater, U.S. Botanical Gardens, and the Capitol. The event, held during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, is focused on cancer awareness and calls attention to the colonoscopy. The Washington, DC/Metro Area has the third highest colon cancer mortality rate in the country. Overall, colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Red Shoe 5K Run & Walk
2015 Date to Be Announced – Herdon, VA

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington DC helps children heal faster and better. The family friendly Red Shoe 5K is for racers, leisure walkers and runners. Kids can get community service hours. The race starts 9:00 a.m. Kids Fun Run at 8:45 a.m. Competitive and non-competitive runners and walkers are welcome.

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk
2015 Date to Be Announced - Reston, VA
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington DC

This non-competitive event focuses on increasing awareness about kidney disease, those at risk and the need for organ donation. The event is free and open to the public, although individual participants and teams are encouraged to raise money for National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area, which is especially important considering the Washington, DC metropolitan area has the highest prevalence of kidney disease in the United States.

Walk for Lupus Now
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC
The walk supports education programs, outreach services and research for people with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and can affect various parts of the body, especially the kidneys, skin, joints and blood.

Breath Deep 5K Walk for LUNGevity
2015 Date to Be Announced – Columbia, MD
In memory of Dr. Clement B. Knight, the walk raises money for the LUNGevity Foundation to fund lung cancer research.  Dr. Knight, who died August 9, 2012, at the age of 62, was recognized in the Guide to Top Physicians for many years.  Lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year. It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity.

MS Walk - National MS Society, National Capital Chapter
2015 Date to Be Announced - Various Locations
This walk, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, is a fun, family oriented event, taking place in six different neighborhoods in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You can participate in DC, Manassas, Reston, Potomac, Oxon Hill, or Bowie. Walkers raise awareness and money to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Arthritis Walks
2015 Date to Be Announced - Annapolis and Greenbelt, MD
2015 Date to Be Announced - National Mall, Washington, DC

The Arthritis Foundation's signature event raises funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member in a three-mile or one-mile course and take part in activities for the entire family.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
May 2-3, 2015 - Washington, DC
The Avon Walk is a marathon walk spread-out over a Saturday and Sunday. You can walk as far as you choose or up to 39 miles throughout the weekend. In order to participate as a walker in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, each person commits to raising a minimum of $1,800 towards the fight against breast cancer.

Relay for Life
Dates Vary - Many Locations in the Washington, DC Area
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser, an overnight activity where teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. This charitable event brings a community together to raise money to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.

Race for Hope
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC
This is a 5K walk/run with the goal of raising $1.5 million to fund innovative brain tumor research and support for families affected by this devastating disease. Proceeds benefit two not-for-profit organizations, the Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. The race includes a Kids' Fun Run, the Wall of Hope, and tributes to brain tumor survivors.

The Public Service 5K
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington DC

The 5K in Anacostia Park kicks off Public Service Week and gives government employees, their families and friends a way to show their support and appreciation for our nation’s dedicated public servants. Proceeds will benefit the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and emergency assistance. Advance registration is required.

National Police Week 5K
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington DC
The annual event raises awareness and funding for Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), a not-for-profit organization that honors law enforcement officers who have given their lives while serving in the line of duty. The 5K will begin on 3rd and E Street, NW and will finish on 4th Street, NW, near the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC

The 5K event raises funds for breast health and breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for the medically underserved. The race gathers together more than 40,000 participants from across the country, including more than 3,000 breast cancer survivors. Meet at the National Mall.

Great Strides for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dates Vary (May 2015) - Many Locations in the DC Area
People within a local community form teams through their workplace, clubs and organizations or with friends and family. The walk is a fun, family-oriented celebration that includes kids activities, food, and festivities.

The Semper Fi 5K
2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington DC

The event is held in Anacostia Park on Armed Forces Day and will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial relief to service members and their families for needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery, as well as perpetuating needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment. Advanced registration is required.

We’ve Got Your Back 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
2015 Date to Be Announced - Reston, VA
The Spinal Research Foundation hosts the event in honor of National Osteoporosis Awareness Month with proceeds supporting programs of research and education to improve spinal health care for all Americans. A Spinal Health Fair will include family friendly activities such as interactive play areas, color & learn stations and a moon bounce.

Walk to Cure Diabetes
2015 Date to Be Announced - Northern Virginia
Walkers raise more than $250,000 each year for diabetes research at this 5K Walk and 2.5K Family Fun Walk at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA. This charity walk is sponsored by the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Music is provided by Mix 107.3 and families can enjoy live entertainment, children's activities, and snacks donated by vendors.

2015 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC
The 5K walk and 2K family fun walk beginning at RFK Stadium is sponsored by the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Music is provided by Mix 107.3 and families can enjoy live entertainment, children's activities, and snacks donated by vendors.

Serbian American Medical Association Fundraising Walk
2015 Date to Be Announced – Washington DC

This fundraising walk is aimed at collecting funds to purchase and install AC units in patient rooms in the Neurosurgical Clinic in Belgrade. Right now, post-op patients are recovering in rooms with unbearably high temperatures in the summer. Starting point: Georgetown – C & O Canal to Fletcher Boat House and back.

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