Sarasota County Walk

Join us on October 20, 2019


Event Details

Walk Date: 10/20/2019
**New Location**: Nathan Benderson Park - Sarasota, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 9:30 am
Walk Ends: 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ashley Bloom 
Contact Phone: 941-961-7109 
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 Sarasota County 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.

Walk Route

The loop around Nathan Benderson Park is measured at roughly 3.5 miles and is often used for 5k events.

Nathan Benderson park is an On-Leash Dog Friendly Park

All dogs at dog-friendly parks must be kept on hand-held, maximum 6-foot leash and under the physical control of a person at all times.

Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, on beaches (with the exception of Brohard Beach Paw Park), fenced athletic fields, or other designated play areas, off trails, in park buildings, or concession facilities. Other non-dog friendly areas may also be identified within individual sites, and will be clearly marked.

Dogs may not be tied to trees, tables, shelter facilities, even when owners are present.  It is the responsibility of each dog owner to bring appropriate pet waste bags; pet must be picked up and disposed of properly. Dogs must be well-behaved at all times.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Sarasota County Walk Sponsorship Packet. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, 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!

Download the Sarasota County Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!  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.  View event 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!
  Follow Us! 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 10/20/2019 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. 

Top Fundraisers

Teams that raise $1,000 by Friday, September 20th will get their team name printed on the back of the 2019 Sarasota Out of the Darkness Walk T-Shirt. 

The Top Fundraising team as of 9 am on 10/20/19 will lead the walk by carrying the AFSP Southwest Florida Chapter Banner

Activities of Hope and Healing

Family Friendly

This is a family friendly event. We will have face painting and there is a playground located in Nathan Benderson Park. 

Memory Wall

Please bring a copy of a picture to put on our Memory Wall. Photos will not be returned so remember to take all photos with you at the end of the event. 

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.


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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