Aberdeen South Dakota Walk

Join us on September 17, 2022



Event Details

Walk Date: 09/17/2022
Walk Location: Odde Arena
Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessica Schneider 
Contact Phone: 605-228-3729 
Contact Email: afspaberdeen@gmail.com


9AM - Registration: Please join us right at 9AM if you are not yet registered! All registered walkers will be given their walk bag, beads, and t-shirt (if fundraising goal met).  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $5/ticket, 5 for $20, or 12 for $50. 

Once you've registered or checked in, spend time visiting mental health professionals’ booths, participate in a live art event, and enjoy activities including face painting, ribbon dancing, music, and photo stations.

10AM - Opening Ceremony: Our welcome and walk kick-off includes a powerful Honor Bead Ceremony where we celebrate fellow walkers helping raise awareness to end the stigma and create hope in Aberdeen. 

10:15AM - Walk Begins: The 2.8 mile walk starts and ends at Odde Ice Center directly after the Opening Ceremony. Golf cart transportation will be available at 15th Avenue and Main Street for walkers more comfortable with half the distance. A water station will be at the same location, hosted by Presentation College.

Post Walk: Enjoy fellowship with a free, light lunch provided by Kessler's and learn if you're a raffle prize winner! 

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Aberdeen South Dakota Walk  


The Out of the Darkness Community 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 health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.


Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.

There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!

Click below to get started!


And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!


Ways You Can Help

Volunteer at the Event

Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Send an email to afspaberdeen@gmail.com to sign-up today! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Aberdeen South Dakota Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/17/2022 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!   Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks 

Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central


Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going! *Update your page and pic * Make a self-donation* Utilize Participant Hub *

Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink) 


Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.


If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150


How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!

For additional questions, please email afspaberdeen@gmail.com


Can I register at the Walk? Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Can I bring my dog? Yes!  Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk.


What is the walk route?


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, pick-up beads at the Honor Bead tent, and more!

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.


Register by clicking the button at the top of the page


Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741