Aberdeen Area Walk

Join us on September 9, 2023


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Aberdeen Area Walk

Event Details

Date: 09/09/2023

Location: Odde Ice Center, Aberdeen, SD

Check-in Time: 9:00 am

Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

Walk Distance: 2.8 Miles

Contact Details

Walk Chairs: 

Kelli Schaunaman, 605-262-5075, kelli@productionmonkeys.com

Katie Carlson, katiec@zuntafi.com


Help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide

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.

Every dollar you raise through the Aberdeen Area Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

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

Register to Walk With Us!


Returning Participants

Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button above be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?“ We’d love if you’d help us spread the word and invite new participants to walk with us


All Participants Must Register

Whether you’re walking with or without a team, each participant needs to get registered to walk. You can register at the walk and there is no cost to register but we encourage you to fundraise to support suicide prevention.


Joining & Creating Teams

Even if you’re already registered you can create a new team or join an existing one by logging into your account and clicking “change team membership” on the right side of your dashboard. Video Tutorial Become a Team Captain


Having trouble registering? 

Click here to watch a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Aberdeen Area Walk shows our community and your employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download Sponsor Packet



Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed. Volunteers make our event a success. Email kelli@productionmonkeys.com to learn how you can help.


Promote the Walk

Download our walk flyer to share with businesses in our area. Post your story or photos on social media and invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts. 

Follow Our Event Page


Fundraise to help #StopSuicide

The app now makes it easy to raise funds and receive updates!

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

PRO TIP: Create a Facebook fundraiser through your AFSP account or in the app, rather on your personal Facebook page, as this connects your efforts to your walk page.


Walk Day Resources 

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available in the walk sign-in area to show your connection(s) to the cause. Take a look at what each bead color means


Walk Route

The 2.8 mile walk starts and ends at Odde Ice Center. Golf cart transportation will be available for walkers more comfortable with half the distance.

View Walk Map


On-Site Activities

Connect with area resources, shop AFSP merchandise, take part in our raffle, contribute to a community art project and discover kid activities. 

Make an impact. Walk with us!

In South Dakota suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 10-34 year olds. But there is hope. Suicide is preventable and by fundraising as a walk participant you support AFSP to conduct more research and provide more education. Make a difference and support the cause. 




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.


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

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.


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


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!


Are dogs allowed? 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 kelli@productionmonkeys.com




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, dial 988 or text TALK to 741-741