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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Annapolis Walk
We will be moving to a staggered arrival format due to COVID-19 concerns. Registered teams will arrive at throughout the morning, enjoy various event activities, explore resource vendors, watch the memorial slides on the Jumbotron, and then go on a 2 mile walk. There will not be a formal Opening Ceremony. Teams will be contacted in the coming days about arrival times.
Note from the Naval Academy Athletic Association: When on the premises of the Navy Stadium, we ask that those who have not been vaccinated wear a mask if they cannot social distance.
Date: September 18, 2021
Location: Navy Stadium, Annapolis
All cars need to enter through Gate 5 on Taylor Avenue!
Time: 9 AM to 2 PM
If you are not walking, but would like to pick-up your walker shirt, please check in with staff at 8 AM.
Individual Walkers can arrive any time between 9 AM and 1 PM.
Team Captains, please select an arrival time for your team using THIS LINK (required for day-of participants). Please try your best to have your team arrive on time. Your help is much appreciated!
Dogs are allowed. Please clean up after them.
Children of all ages are welcome.
Parking at the Stadium is free for event participants.
There will be a walk-up registration and a way to drop off donations, but if possible, please register and donate online to avoid having to line up in the registration area.
We will not sell any merchandise. You can pick-up your "Together to Fight Suicide" shirt and beads in the Registration Area.
Bagels will be provided by Towson Hot Bagels and coffee from Orinoco Coffee and Tea. Please bring plenty of water.
Continue to read for tips on how to prepare for the day of the walk.
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kat Olbrich
Contact Phone: 202-770-8973
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Preparing for Walk Day
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account. Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.
If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).
Become a Sponsor!
Download the 2021 Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk Sponsor Packet to learn more about our 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!
Help Spread the Word
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide
Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.
Raise $150 by September 18, 2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Activities of Hope and Healing
Digital Memorial Wall
Click on the pink plus icon to add your story.
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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.
The Out of the Darkness Experience 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.