Twin Cities Walk

Join us on September 18, 2022

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/18/2022
Walk Location: Como Park Picnic Pavilions, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55103
Registration Start Time: 9:30 am
Walk Start Time: 10:30 am
Walk End Time: 2:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Erik Arveseth 
Contact Phone: 612-568-6548 
Contact Email: erik.arveseth@afspmn.org

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Twin Cities Walk  

09/18/2022

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.

Register!

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!


Program Overview

Join Us Today

This year the Twin Cities Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be similar to the last year. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers remains a top priority, but we will be live and in person! There will always be a Virtual Walker option for folks that are not able to join us on walk day - check it out on the registration page at www.afsp.org/twincities.

Register Online

Please register online before walk day - this will keep crowding to a minimum and get you through check in much faster. For those that are unable to register in advance there will be QR codes placed around the event that will take you to a mobile friendly and simplified registration process. If you have checks or cash to bring on the day of the event, we will have a small station under the pavilion to collect those donations.

2022 Walk t-shirts will be available to pick up on Sunday for those that have raised $150 by the day of the walk.

You can arrive any time between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (event closes at 2:00 p.m.)

You can begin the walk at any time. Once you and your team have arrived and everyone is set, you can begin walking the three mile 2022 memorial rout around Lake Como. The path will be clearly marked and open from 9 a.m. and will begin closing after the last group departs.

No formal program. This year we will not have a formal program from the stage. There will be music playing and looped announcements as folks arrive and a special message from our virtual emcee. As always, free Memorial Beads will be available that day. 

There will be a resource fair with event related vendors and organizations as well as a family activity center and food trucks, including Minne-Scoop-ta ice cream, Sizzling Wagon and Thai Street Food. We will also have some select AFSP branded merchandise for sale as well. Please join us before you walk and after for food, family fun and wonderful resources.

Parking and shuttles: Parking is at Block 56 (1660 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108) located less than one mile down the road from the pavilions.

Event Map   Parking Map
      
 

 

Shuttles will run in cycles between the parking lot and the pavilions defining at 9:00-a.m. until 2:00 p.m. when the event closes.


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 erik.arveseth@afspmn.org to sign-up today! Thank you!

 

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Twin Cities 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 

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) 

FAQs

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.

 

 

For additional questions, please email erik.arveseth@afspmn.org

 

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