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Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area


A variety of charity walks are held in the Washington DC area each year. This page shows the schedule of events held in the fall in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. For events held in the spring, please see Page 1.

Stomp Out Sickle Cell Walk
September 13, 2014 - Washington DC
This certified 5K Walk starts at Freedom Plaza and includes historic Pennsylvania Ave. and the National Mall, as the group raises awareness and educates the community about sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease affects the lives of tens of thousands of Americans and millions around the world. Proceeds will benefit the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Faces of Our Children, Inc., a non-profit organization. Registration online is strongly encouraged at only $25 for those 18 and older.

Race for Every Child 5K
September 13, 2014 - Washington DC

The annual (3.1 miles) race/walk will raise money for the nationally and internationally renowned Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC which serves more than 360,000 children and provides more than $50 million in uncompensated care every year. The event will raise critical funds for the hospital’s ongoing effort to provide specialized pediatric care, conduct research into childhood disease prevention and treatment, and provide wellness and preventative services to keep children healthy.

Capital Challenge Walk MS
September 20-21, 2014 - Bethesda, MD
The MS Challenge Walk is a 50 mile walk to raise money and awareness for the fight against multiple sclerosis. Walkers enjoy entertainment, meals and sleep together in communal indoor spaces. All walkers must raise a minimum of $1500 and must be at least 15 years old. Minors ages 15-17 may participate but must be accompanied by an adult.

Stop Cancer Now 5k Run/Walk
2014 Date to Be Announced - Washington, DC.

The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, a non-profit organization associated with the National Research Center for Women and Families, will be hosting a 5K run/walk along the banks of the C&O canal. The organization helps children and adults reduce their risks of getting all types of cancer, and assists them in choosing the safest and most effective treatments.

Light the Way 5K
September 20, 2014 - Nationals Park, Washington DC

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind sponsors the walk around Nationals Park and the Capitol Riverfront to raise money for programs that help the blind or visually impaired population of the DC area overcome the challenges of vision loss. The event will also include a kids race for ages 3-8 and a silent auction.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk
September 20, 2014 - National Mall and the Tidal Basin
The 5K Walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Proceeds will benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. The walk will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Prevent Cancer Foundation 5k Walk/Run
September 21, 2014 - Nationals Park, Washington, DC

The 5K walk raises money to support cancer prevention research, education and outreach programs across the country.

Rock ‘n’ Stroller 5K
September 21, 2014 – Alexandria, VA

The 3.1 mile walk benefits Paul Newman's The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a program that serves children coping with serious illnesses. The non-profit organization serves campers from Children’s National Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center, both in Washington DC.

FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Northern Virginia
September 28, 2014 - Leesburg, VA
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for anaphylaxis.  With 15 million Americans affected, there are 15 million reasons walk! FARE’s mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included. This family-friendly event, presented by Mylan, seeks to raise funds and awareness for food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. 

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's
September 28, 2014 - Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
October 25, 2014 - National Mall

The walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Participants will learn more about the disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and the Association's support programs and services, and will join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's. Participation is free. Walkers are encouraged to raised funds.

Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk
October 5, 2014 - Fairfax, VA
The Northern Virginia Buddy Walk is a short walk followed by a large festival with fun for all ages. More than 2000 participants are expected to raise funds in support of the awareness, education and advocacy efforts of the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia. Walk festivities include moon bounces, a rock wall, train rides, agility dogs, police, fire and rescue equipment including a police helicopter, cartoon characters; Dora the Explorer, Goofy & Scooby Doo, face painters, magicians, food vendors, an exhibitor pavilion plus much more!

Making Strides of Washington, DC 5K Walk
October 5, 2014 - Washington, DC

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign is the only campaign with the American Cancer Society that's dedicated to breast cancer. All the money raised from the walk will benefit breast cancer research, advocacy, prevention, and patient services within the Greater Washington metro area. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Walk Now For Autism Speaks
October 5, 2014 – Washington DC

The signature fundraising event brings together hundreds of thousands of participants from across the United States and Canada to support autism research and raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism. The walk is a fun-filled, family friendly event on the National Mall.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk
October 11, 2014 - Rockville, MD
October 17, 2014 - Reston, VA
October 18, 2014 - Washington DC

The annual walk and fundraising event pays tribute and brings hope to those battling cancer. Walkers gather at twilight holding illuminated balloons to support and honor survivors and loved ones lost. The event includes live music, free food and fun activities for the entire family.

American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes
October 18, 2014 - National Harbor, MD
November 2, 2014 - Fairfax Corner, VA

Participants help to raise important funds for the American Diabetes Association's diabetes research, education and advocacy efforts. Entertainment and family fun activities will precede the walk.

National Walk for Hemophilia
October 25, 2014 - Washington, DC

The 1.5 mile walk raises funds for the National Hemophilia Foundation which is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding disorders. The organization strives to prevent the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research. Meets at the Lincoln Memorial.

AIDS Walk Washington
October 25, 2014 - Washington DC
AIDS Walk Washington is a 5K fundraising walk benefiting Whitman-Walker Clinic, a Washington, DC non-profit community-based health organization committed to ending the suffering of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

October 25, 2014 - Washington DC
This family-friendly 5K walk supports the Hearing Loss Association of America to raise awareness and help to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss. Money raised is shared between the national organization and local walk sites to provide information, education, advocacy and support. The event includes music, free food and fun activities for the entire family. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m.

CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer
November 8, 2014 – Washington DC
The CureSearch Walk celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while raising funds for lifesaving research. The walk begins at Washington Harbour in Georgetown.

Greater Washington Heart Walk
November 8, 2014 - Washington, DC
The walk is the American Heart Association’s mission in action. This annual celebration promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. As the signature fundraising event, the Greater Washington Heart Walk is expected to raise $2.5 million for the American Heart Association’s life-saving mission. There is a 3 mile walk with a one mile short course. Health and wellness expo for the entire family.

National Race Against the Odds
November 15, 2014 – Arlington, VA
The National Race Against the Odds is the leading fundraising and awareness event for The Cure Starts Now in the Washington, DC Metro Area. The race began in 2009, when Alexis Agin’s family organized a race to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer and to cover their daughter Alexis’ medical expenses related to her diagnosis. The race continues in her memory after she passed away in 2011.

St. Jude Give Thanks
November 22, 2014 - Washington, DC and Tyson's Corner, VA
The family-friendly 5K walk will be held in over 80 communities across the country. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

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