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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 09/14/2005

Walk the Walk

By Erin

I wake up and walk to the coffee-maker. I occasionally walk around my apartment as I'm brushing my teeth. When I'm feeling very ambitious, I walk around the neighborhood (without my toothbrush) before walking to my car and heading to work. That got me thinking: With all of this walking, I might as well contribute to a cause and take advantage of some of the big charity walks in the area in the coming months.

The nation's capital hosts numerous charity events during the fall season. Although most generally happen in October, many require pledges and early registration, so it's best to get cracking early. Plus, you might want some time to break in your trainers before rushing out to Race for the Cure or help end homelessness.

Saturday, Oct. 1 is a big day for walkathons. The Kidney Walk is a three-mile trek to Fletcher's Boathouse from the Shops at Georgetown Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Across town, AIDS Walk, the largest fundraising event for Whitman-Walker Clinic, kicks off at 10 a.m. at Freedom Plaza. The Maryland affiliate of Race for the Cure,  which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, takes place in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. Later that week, on Thursday, Oct. 6, night owls can partake in the Light the Night walk from Freedom Plaza to the U.S. Capitol to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event begins at 6 p.m. with check-in, music and food. When the three-mile journey starts around 7:30 p.m., walkers carry illuminated balloons.

Dogs are welcome at the country's largest Walk for Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Freedom Plaza. Dog treats and water will be available at rest stops throughout the route. Participants will also receive goodie bags at the finish line. Carpenter's Shelter for the homeless in Alexandria encourages people to spend the extra hour gained at the end of daylight savings time at the Walk to End Family Homelessness on Sunday, Oct. 30. This one-mile community walk at George Washington Middle School costs $25 for adults and $15 for youth under 25. The event is held in conjunction with the Help the Homeless Walkathon, which closes out the walkathon-mania on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the National Mall.

If you know of similar upcoming events, let us know in the comments section. Otherwise, tie on your sneakers, round up those pledge cards and start walking.


By Erin  | September 14, 2005; 9:35 AM ET
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There will be a walk on October 22nd in solidarity with the "night-commuters" of norhtern Uganda, children who walk every night to seek shelter from rebels who abduct children to fill their ranks. The walk is one of a series of international walks, with walks also taking place in 7 more US cities, 5 Canadian cities, Bejing, a few in Europe, and also a couple in Uganda.

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Posted by: Reid Rector | September 14, 2005 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, don't forget Walk to D'Feet ALS® on October 23, 2005. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

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On November 5, you can join the Walk with Us to Cure Lupus. It's put on by the Alliance for Lupus Research and you can find out more and register at The walk is a 5K on the Mall and begins at 10 a.m.

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You can join thousands taking steps to find a cure for autism at WALK NOW on October 15, 2005 at FedExField. Proceeds raised from WALK NOW will help find the causes, treatments, and a cure for autism. WALK NOW is a 5K walk, community resource fair, and family fun festival presented by Cure Autism Now (CAN) and Pathfinders for Autism.

For more information or to register for WALK NOW, call 888-8-AUTISM, or go to Check-in is at 8:00 a.m.

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Posted by: Amy Martin | September 16, 2005 10:46 AM | Report abuse

And don't forget --- on Thanksgiving morning -- Once again, SOME has partnered with the WB50 Family Fund, a Fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, to host the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger, a 5K fun run and family walk. This event is a great way for families and friends to help the homeless on Thanksgiving Day.

The Trot for Hunger will begin and end on Ohio Drive, SW between Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive at 8:30 am on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2005. Registration is $20 and all participants will receive an event t-shirt and refreshments. Families and dogs are welcome.

Posted by: Anon | September 16, 2005 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Might I mention a charitable event that involves drinking wine, and, if you feel the need to continue walking, walking from one wine bottle to the next?

I was wondering how you might feel about mentioning either in your blog (at least this comment) or in your Friday discussion a charitable event happeneing this weekend, October 1, to benefit the NoVA SPCA.

Here are the deatils:

Wine & Cheese Tasting For The Animals--in the beautiful roof-top gardens of Arlington's Dorcester Towers this Saturday, October 1 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

The evening will feature a tasting of some of The Curious Grape's most popular international wine and cheeses (including fun favorites like Doghouse Chardonnay, Jim Jim Australian Shiraz, and Mulderbosch Faithful Hound) as well as fine, hand-crafted beer from Dogfish Head and Flying Dog, presented by The Curious Grape. Of course, you'll be able to place orders for your favorite wines, with a portion of all wine sales being donated to the SPCA. You'll also enjoy the incredible gardens of Dorcester Towers, cited in the Washington Post as the best view of the Washington metro

Tickets are $45 each and may be purchased this week at the Curious Grape
with a check made payable to SPCA NoVA. Tickets may also be purchased at
the door. Dorcester Towers is located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Courthouse St. in South Arlington, Virginia, with easy access from Metro.

The Curious Grape
4056 South 28th Street
Arlington, VA 22206
FAX 703-671-0100

Posted by: Kyra | September 28, 2005 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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