*Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk during the check-in times listed above. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.
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Welcome to the 10th Annual Columbia Out of the Darkness Community Walk!
Location: Columbia Riverfront Park
The entrance to Columbia Riverfront Park is located at the corner of Huger Street and Laurel Street.
Walk Route: the course of the Columbia Riverfront Park parallels the historic Columbia Canal on the right with views of the Congaree River on the left. A turnaround point provides a provides an approximate 5K walking range and there are plenty of benches along the path. You are welcome to walk a short distance or the entire distance…this is your personal choice. The walks ends where it began near the old railway bridge…a lovely, peaceful and scenic route. Refreshments and a closing ceremony with music in the adjacent amphitheater will close the day.
Participants can walk as individuals or in teams.
As part of our tradition, children are invited to participate in the Ribbon Cutting.
Dogs on leashes or in carriers are welcome.
Why do we walk?
We walk to raise funds for important suicide prevention programs!
We walk to raise awareness!
We walk to remember loved ones!
This walk is for supporters, advocates, those who have been at risk, and those who have lost loved ones.
You are welcome to bring photos of loved ones for the memory boards. Boards will be posted adjacent to the entrance of the amphitheater.
Every life matters – your presence speaks volumes - join us on October 26th!
Registration: 1:00 pm
Opening Ceremony with Ribbon Cutting: 2:00 pm
Closing Ceremony: 3:45 pm
Jonathan Ward, Native Flutist will be with us again this year.