Fairfax Walk

Join us on October 5, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 10/05/2019
Walk Location: Veteran's Amphitheater 10489 Armstrong Street (in front of City Hall) - Fairfax, VA
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 am
Opening Ceremony:  12:00 pm
Walk Begins: 12:20 pm
Walk Ends: 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ellen Shannon 
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189 
Contact Email: EShannon@afsp.org

**Email is preferred contact method

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 Fairfax 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.


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!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities available to help with the Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk. If you would like to join the Fairfax Walk Planning Committee, please contact Ellen Shannon at eshannon@afsp.org. If you will like to help at the event the day of the Walk, please Sign Up to Volunteer Here.


Raise $150 by 10/05/2019 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. 

More Walker & Team Rewards

Earn Invitations to VIP events, Team Tents at the Walk, AFSP Swag and More!

To recognize, reward and show our sincere appreciation for our walkers and teams who have exhibited outstanding achievements in fundraising, we are happy and honored to provide the following 2019 Walker & Team Rewards.

This Year's Theme: #WhyIWalk

Losing someone to suicide or caring for someone struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. The Fairfax Walk is a journey of hope and healing that unites our community and acknowledges the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We will be sharing walkers' stories in our opening Honor Beads Ceremony and have many opportunities and activities for you to share your own and honor a loved one. Honor and Remembrance activities will include:

Honor Beads

Make Your Own Honor Button: Bring a photo of the person(s) for whom you walk in honor of and create a keepsake that you can wear throughout the day and bring with you to cherish always.

Remembrance & Honor Signs

Remembrance & Honor Chain 

Remembrance Book: Memories are our precious keepsakes of the loved ones we love so much.  Please bring a picture, quote and/or special poem for your loved one that can be included in the Remembrance Book.

Welcome Bodhi & BIG100

You know him from his weekday afternoon show on BIG100 and he is the Assistant Program Director for WBIG and iHeartRadio’s National Active Rock Brand. Please join AFSP in welcoming Bodhi as this year’s emcee of the Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk pre-walk program. See him and his BIG100 Walk Team at the walk and join them to #BeTheVoice for suicide prevention.

Resources Fair

Be sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Resources Fair where you can find information tables with resources hosted by local organizations. This will be an opportunity for you to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

If you are with an organization that is interested in participating the 2019 Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk’s Resources Fair, please fill out this Resources Fair Application and we will be in touch with you soon with more information.  

Children's Activity Area

The Fairfax Walk welcomes all ages to attend! Bring the whole family and enjoy fun activities with you little ones at our Children’s Activity Area! We will have arts and crafts, face painting and hair braiding providing by stylist Mark Riot. 

Paws for Prevention

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk. AAA will be providing a doggy water/rest/play station on the walk near the intersection of Forest Ave. and Collier Rd. Also, be sure to stop by the AFSP Merchandise tent and pick up your best friend an AFSP doggy bandana so they can walk the walk in style!


Attendees may park in the lot behind City Hall, in the lot at Inns of Court, and overflow street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods (east of George Mason Blvd. and west of Chain Bridge Rd.). There are also several parking lots and garages throughout Historic Fairfax and the Courthouse complex.

If you park at Inns of Court (10470 Armstrong Street), please park along the back side of the parking lot along the fence line and the row directly across from the fence. No parking will be allowed in the front spaces directly in front of the units (these are for unit owners/guests). Please see Inns of Court Parking Map.  

Walk Route & Event Site Map

The walk route is approximately 1.9 miles and is paved and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. See Walk Route Map Here.

See Event Site Map Here for info about where items/areas will be located at the walk.  

Become a Sponsor!

Download the 2019 Fairfax Walk Sponsor Agreement to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive!


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

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