Traverse City Walk

Join us on September 15, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/15/2018
Walk Location: Civic Center Grounds - Traverse City, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:30 am
Walk Begins:  11:00 am
Walk Ends:  1:00 pm


For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Janeen Wardie 
Contact Phone: 231-414-4424 
Contact Email:

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 from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.  

Click HERE to download an Offline Donation Form.


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Traverse City Walk





Opening Ceremony:


Walk Begins: 


Walk Ends:



When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.


Please sign up to volunteer for Traverse City Out of the Darkness Walk! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. Volunteers will receive special t-shirts, refreshments and will still be able to participate in our walk.  


We would also like to make it clear to all those attending the walk that the Civic Center is a NONSMOKING park. There is no smoking permitted any where in the park. And we are asking out of respect and courtesy for others, there is NO SMOKING along the entire walk route. 

Registration starts at 9:00 am – come early in order to explore the different tents and activities!

Parking is behind the Civic Center off West Civic Center Road.

The walk will take place rain or shine.

Dogs are allowed on a short leash.

Like Traverse City Area Out of the Darkness Page on Facebook to stay up to date on fundraising and awareness events in our community. 

Please car pool.


Layered clothing for any weather – and an umbrella!

Tent to set up an area for your team.

Any cash or check donations – checks should be made out to AFSP.

A photo of your loved one to place in our remembrance tent.

Please bring your own refillable water bottles as we have water stations for you, rather than disposable water bottles.  You can pre-purchase an AFSP water bottle online at (go to the bottom of the page, click on "store" and then "essentials" to find the water bottle).  They will also be available for purchase at the walk.


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.  Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9:00 am.  This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.


Team Tent Area

Bring a 10x10 tent and set up in a designated area to spend time together before and after the event.  Bring picnic fixings for a wonderful lunch after the walk at the beautiful park.  Think of it as tailgating before the event!


Take your team photos with some of our #stopsuicide props to share on social media to spread awareness!


Remembrance Tent

Be sure to bring a photo of your loved one to be displayed in the remembrance tent.  Write a letter to your loved one.

Hope Chalk Wall

Leave messages of hope for those who struggle with mental illness.

Honor Beads

Everyone will be able to pick up honor beads that represent their journey and connection to the cause.  We will also be doing an Honor Beads ceremony to highlight one person for each connection and share their stories.

Losing someone to suicide or mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through.  Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.



Get your “Be The Voice” t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, hats, and more!  *Only cash or check accepted.*


We will start at the Civic Center grounds, exit the grounds at Garfield. Cross over Garfield turn right to Front Street. Turn left along Front Street. Follow Front street to the west all the way into downtown Traverse City. Cross Front street at Cass Avenue. Follow Cass Avenue to Clinch Park Tunnel. Go through the tunnel. Turn right and head east along Grandview Parkway back to the Civic Center. This is approximately 3.2 miles. (5K)


Download the Traverse City Area SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $500, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits! 


Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. 


If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!


Remember your LinkedIn connections!


Share your photos! 


There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!


Raise $150 by 09/15/2018 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk. 


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

Sponsored By

Advanced Insulation Systems INC
American Waste, Inc.
Marsh Automotive Group, Inc.
Nico's Pizza & Grinders
Northern Drywall Specialists, Inc.
Wave Communications LLC