Virginia Peninsula Walk

Join us on October 15, 2022


Event Details

Walk Date: 10/15/2022
Walk Location: Newport News Park
Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Christy Elliott, Walk Chair
Contact Phone: 757-880-3273 
Contact Email:

Contact Name:  Emily Bacalis, Special Events Manager
Contact Phone:  202-839-2174
Contact Email:

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Virginia Peninsula Walk  



  • We will be following CDC and event venue guidelines with regard to mask wearing and other restrictions.  AFSP will not be verifying vaccination status.   However, we ask that you please stay home if you or anyone in your household are sick or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 or the seasonal flu.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, have come into contact with someone who is experiencing these symptoms, we ask that you please do not attend the event. 
  • Our walk route has changed this year.  Our route will not be a series of loops this year.  Based on park requirements, we will walk on the paved road from the ceremony/stage area along constitution way to the golf club and back. 
  • Pre-registered walkers do not need to check-in at registration.  If you have raised the $150 and earned an official walk t-shirt, please stop at our event T-shirt table to pick up your shirt.  You will also be able to turn in cash and check donations at registration.  To pre-register, click the "Register" button above.
  • We walk rain or shine.  We will hold our event rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, we may need to adjust our onsite activities, but we will walk whether or not it is raining.
  • A limited selection of merchandise will be available for purchase on walk day.  Credit cards and cash will be accepted.  No checks for merchandise, please.
  • Free parking is available in the park.  

The opening ceremony will begin at 10AM with the walk immediately following.  We encourage you to arrive early to visit our community partner tables, get your honor beads, pick up a Why I Walk Button, etc., before ceremonies begin.

Parking Directions

When entering Newport News turn right to continue onto the parking area.  See map below for directions.


Shelter/resource area. This is our main event site and would be a great area to mingle and meet up with your friends, family or teams. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHECK IN IF YOU REGISTERED ONLINE. If you have earned a shirt you will go to the pick up area after 830 to pick up your shirt. Please wait until 8:30 to allow time for us to set up.

NEW WALK ROUTE!! Our walk route is a total of 2 miles. From the main event area, you will walk toward the ranger station, turn right and follow down to the turn around area, then walk back.


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 and


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 to sign-up today! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Virginia Peninsula 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 10/15/2022 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!


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.


Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.

For additional questions, please email


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