Central Iowa Walk

Join us on September 18, 2022


Event Details

Walk Date: 09/18/2022
Walk Location: DMACC- Ankeny Campus
Registration Start Time: 11:00 am
Walk Start Time: 1:00 pm
Walk End Time: 3:00pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Joni Thornton & Nicole Mortenson 
Contact Phone: 515-210-0476 
Contact Email: centraliowaOOTD@gmail.com

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Central Iowa 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!

Walk Day Details

Click here to read all the details about the Central Iowa Walk!


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! 

If you would like to volunteer, click here to sign-up today! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Central Iowa 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 09/18/2022 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 

Join the Central Iowa Walk Facebook event page!

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.

Where will the Walk activities happen? Registration and all Walk activities will be located in Building 5 and the outdoor courtyard at Ankeny DMACC Campus.


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!




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



What is the Walk route?
The route is a flat path around the lake at DMACC that is approximately 1.2 miles. It is wide enough for strollers and wheelchairs. 

Is there Parking? Yes, parking is available in lots M and L. There will be signs directing you to parking from Ankeny Blvd and Oralabor Rd. Handicap accessible parking is also available. 


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.


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.

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

For additional questions, please email centraliowaOOTD@gmail.com


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!

Resource Row
There will be multiple agencies and companies from across Iowa present where you will have the opportunity to collect materials, hear about upcoming events, find out to get involved, and connect with them regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

Family Activities
We have multiple activities located in the courtyard south of building 5 for the whole family. Face painting, temporary tattoos, super heroes, music, and more! Come early to enjoy the activities prior to the walk program at 1:00pm.

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.

Memory Tent and Buttons
Please bring a small photo of your loved one to create a button to wear in their memory. This picture will be used in the button, so make sure it is a copy!
Bring photos or notes to add to the memory tent in honor of your loved one. These are always saved at the end of the walk, so make sure to grab your item before you leave if you want to keep it.


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