Fort Collins Walk

Join us on September 8, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/08/2019
Walk Location: Spring Canyon Park, Veteran's Plaza NOCO - Fort Collins, CO
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Resource Exhibits:9:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am
Walk Beg: 10:20 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jo Anna DeMarrais 
Contact Phone: 303-807-6440 
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.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Fort Collins Walk

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.

About the Walk

Please join us for the 3rd annual Fort Collins (FTC) Out of the Darkness Community Walk.  We invite you to walk with us on the 3.6 mile scenic route at the Spring Canyon Park - Veterans Plaza at 2626 West Horsetooth Road to support suicide prevention. Click here to get a map of the Walk route.  Note: the OOTD Walk is 2 laps around the park!

The Opening Ceremony will be held in front of flags at the Northern Colorado Veterans Plaza gathering area.  Find your friends and meet your team members there!

Well-behaved dogs on leashes who are current with their vaccinations are able to accompany you on the Walk.  However, don't forget to bring water bowls and doggie waste bags for your furry friends.  There is a dog park at the south end of Spring Canyon Park where you can enjoy time with them after the Walk!

Other Information

Visit the Resource Exhibit tables opening at 9:00 am.  Meet local professionals, counselors, staff, and representatives from mental health and suicide prevention organizations that support the cause.

Visit the AFSP Table and review the latest AFSP reference materials and learn how to get involved with the AFSP Colorado chapter.  Snap an individual or team photo with AFSP props and post to your social media accounts.  AFSP swag will be available for purchase to support and raise awareness about the cause.  Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Food trucks and a coffee truck will be set up near the Registration Area.  The trucks will be serving breakfast and lunch options at various times.  Vendors will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Walk.  Water and snacks will be provided in the Registration Area before the Walk begins and during the Walk.  A water station will be available along the Walk route.


Become a Sponsor

Download the Fort Collins Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $150, 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!

Help Spread the Word!

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

  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

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

  Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central (must be logged in)


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 09/08/2019 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. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

Memory Tree and Memory Rocks

Honor your loved one at the Memory Tree and/or Memory Rock Stations.  Please bring a copy of your loved one's picture (4"x6" or smaller) to honor them at the Memory Tree.  Pictures will not be returned and may be displayed at future Walks, awareness and educational events.

Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a 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.

There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.

Buy Butterflies

New this year - Honor loved ones during the Opening Ceremonies Butterfly Release. Purchase a butterfly (CASH ONLY) on a first come, first served basis, the morning of the walk.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

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

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