Walk the Walk
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.
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