Washington DC Walk

Join us on October 24, 2020

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/24/2020
Walk Location: Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
Check-in/Registration Time: 2:00 pm
Walk Program Begins: 4:00 pm
Walk Ends: 6:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kim Fischer Werner, Chair 
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189 
Contact Email: [email protected]

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 Washington DC 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 bold 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.

July Events

The AFSP National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) has lots of events happening on throughout walks season and all year round! We hope you will join us for the following and you can check out all our upcoming programs and events at afsp.org/NCAC.

Walk Events

Educational Programs

Help Spread the Word!

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

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

  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central


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

Become a Sponsor!

Download the 2020 Washington, D.C. Walk Sponsor Packet 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!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities available to help with the Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk. If you would like to join the Washington, D.C. Walk Planning Committee, please contact Kim Fischer Werner at [email protected]. If you will like to help at the event the day of the Walk, please Sign Up to Volunteer Here.


Raise $150 by 10/24/2020 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 donations 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 2020 Walker & Team Rewards.

Activities of Hope and Healing

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 Washington, D.C. 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:


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 2020 Washington, D.C. 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.

Family Activities Area

The Washington, D.C. 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 too! 

Paws for Prevention

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk. 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!

Getting to/from the Walk & Parking

Parking: The National Mall is a very busy area and parking is at a premium. Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on-street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Metro: The closest Metro Stations are Smithsonian (1.2 miles away) and Foggy Bottom - GWU (0.9 miles away). Information and schedules for Metro can be found at www.wmata.com.

Shuttle Buses from Metro: We will be running one 20-passenger bus and two 44-passenger school bus shuttles that will transport walkers from the Smithsonian Metro (Department of Agriculture Exit, South Building - 12th St. and Independence Ave. SW) to the Lincoln Memorial (Daniel French Dr. SW) from 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM. You will be able to identify these buses by the AFSP / Out of the Darkness Walk Signage in the front windows of the busses. 

Walk Route & Event Site Map

The walk route is approximately 2.8 miles around the Tidal Basin/National Mall 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

Join DC101's One More Light Team

iHeartMedia Washington, D.C.’s DC101 has partnered with the AFSP NCAC and is now in their fourth year of supporting the Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk. Since 2017, DC101’s One More Light walk team, captained by DC101’s Music Director and on-air talent Gregory Roche, has recruited more than 450 team members and raised over $140,000 in support of AFSP’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. As the largest and highest-fundraising team in NCAC history, they are back again this year with a goal to raise more than $50,000 for the 2020 D.C. Walk! 

To donate to or join DC101’s One More Light Team, visit afsp.org/DC101






The Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.


Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Washington DC Walk!