This 10-kilometer walk (6.2 miles) takes roughly two to three hours to complete. It benefits AIDS research around the world.
AIDS/Lifecycle Ride to End AIDS
Ride strong with a 7-day bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Walk Like MADD
This community-driven 5K walk helps raise funds for M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
ALS (Lou Gehrig's)
Walk to Defeat ALS
The ALS Association's national signature event is now in its eighth year, with approximately 150 walks to be held around the country. In 2006, walkers nationwide raised more than $12 million in support of cutting-edge research and patient services programs.
Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk
The Memory Walk takes place in more than 600 communities across the U.S. and each year more than 200,000 participants and volunteers participate and raise money to end Alzheimer's.
Arthritis and Disabilities
Walk for a Cure: Arthritis Foundation
Participants choose from a 1-mile or 3-mile course.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Kick off the holiday season by helping others! Walkers often wear holiday-themed costumes, or simply tie jingle bells to their shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation.
Easter Seals Walk with Me
This nationwide benefit walk helps people with disabilities.
Moving Forward: LDA Walk
Walk, jog, or run along Lake Michigan in Chicago to support the Learning Disability Association of America's mission to create opportunities for those with learning disabilities.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk
Pick your distance with this national walk. Choose a 2K or a 5K to raise awareness and education funds for Angelman syndrome, a neuro-genetic disorder that causes seizures and developmental delays in children and adults.
Cupid's Chase 5K
Taking place in 10 states, this is the largest national walk/run to raise funds for those with disabilities.
National Walk for Epilepsy
Make a difference in Washington, D.C., with this 2-mile walk on the National Mall.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
This family-friendly fundraising event generates funds for autism research and raises awareness. Walks take place in communities across the United States as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.
YAI Central Park Challenge
Runners, walkers, and kids of all ages can participate in races and games at this event which helps raise funds for services for children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities.
Gal to Gal Virtual Walk for Breast Cancer
In October women across America are joining together for the interactive Gal to Gal Virtual Walk to raise funds and awareness for Stage IV breast cancer patients and their families. Designed for women who are too busy for a walkathon but still want to give back to the cause, participants can create their Gal likeness online at www.galtogalwalk.org — the $3 entry fee will go to Making Memories, which grants wishes to Stage IV patients.
Participants join cancer survivors and supporters on a virtual walk through 31 cityscapes throughout October. It's a quick, easy way for women to give back, share stories about their own cancer battles, and create a new interactive community. Jeanne Fitzmaurice, founder of the Gal to Gal Foundation, started the foundation in honor of two friends who lost their breast cancer battles.
Komen Race for the Cure Series
The Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. There are more than 100 races that take place every year.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a three-day, 60-mile walk in 15 cities across the country. Funds raised benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and impact breast cancer research and community-based breast health and education programs.
Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure
The Komen Marathon for the Cure provides long-distance runners the opportunity to raise much-needed funds while training for and running in some of the most elite distance races in the world.
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
This walk stretches 39 miles over two days. You can walk as far as you choose, but if you walk the entire distance, you will travel just over 39 miles total throughout the weekend. Most walkers aim to walk at least the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles), which you can spread out over both days. Or, you can choose to walk a full marathon on Saturday, and then add an extra half-marathon (13.1 miles) on Sunday. Again, how far you walk is your choice, and you can make up your mind (or change it) right on the spot!
Revlon Run/Walk for Women
This 5K run/walk takes place in New York City and in Los Angeles with nearly 100,000 men, women, and children joining together to raise money for women's cancers.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's overnight event to raise money for research and programs of the ACS. Each of the more than 4,800 relays nationwide is an overnight event that mobilizes communities to celebrate survivors and anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags with the goal of keeping one person on the track at all times. Relay for Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches — people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the relay.
Light the Night Walk
Funds raised through the Light the Night Walk support the work of hundreds of the world's best and brightest researchers in their search for better therapies and cures for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Climbing for a Cure
Climbing for a Cure will promote the work and efforts of the Breast Cancer Fund through climbing the seven summits of the world (the highest point on each continent). Only slightly over 100 human beings have completed this task, making this a global event and ultimate challenge in terms of climbing skills, expedition organization, and world promotion. They also work with single ascents.
American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Since 1993 more than 8 million walkers have raised $450 million to help fight breast cancer in this nationwide series that ranges from 3 to 5 miles.
Children's Tumor Foundation Marathon Team
In support of the Children's Tumor Foundation, the NF Marathon Team offers the opportunity for individuals to participate in team endurance sports to raise money for research, promote awareness, and provide a network of caring support for those suffering with neurofibromatosis and for their families.
March of Dimes March for Babies
March for Babies is held in 1,100 communities across the nation. Every year, 7 million compassionate people participate, including 20,000 company and family teams as well as national sponsors. The event has raised more than $1.7 billion since 1970 to bring the March of Dimes closer to the day when all babies are born healthy and full term.
Jazz Half Marathon and 5K
Sing the blues in New Orleans with this race that benefits the Cancer Program at Children's Hospital.
Stand Up to Cancer
We sat down with Katie Couric to learn more about her campaign for colon cancer awareness, Stand Up to Cancer.
Colon Cancer Challenge
Choose from a 1.7-mile walk, a 4-mile run, or a 15K race to help raise awareness about colon cancer and ways to prevent the disease.
Get Your Rear in Gear 5K
Pun intended for this race that uses funds to make sure adequate information and access to screenings are available for citizens across the country.
Crohn's & Colitis
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
Participating in a Guts and Glory Walk or Run offers a great opportunity for fellowship in your community, and you'll also play an important part in helping CCFA eradicate Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Take Steps, Be Heard for Crohn's and Colitis
This nationwide race is the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's biggest fundraising event to date. Register in your state as they strive to raise $11 million in the fight against digestive diseases.
Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Official Charity Partner for Team Challenge
Run through the City of Sin as a part of Team Challenge, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's endurance training and fundraising program. Perfect for night owls, you'll log 26.2 at the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which has a start time of 5:30 p.m.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides is a nationwide team walk to aid cystic fibrosis research.
American Diabetes Association: Step Out
Join 200,000 people nationwide to raise funds for ADA's ongoing research, education, and advocacy efforts.
Tour de Cure
A team cycling event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Ride as much or as little as you're able.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Become one of the 500,000 people at 200 walk sites nationwide to aid people with type 1 diabetes.
National Women's Winter Tour
Each Nordic skiing/snowshoeing event, through registration and sponsorship fees, raises funds for local domestic abuse charities, a cause that affects many American families. By bringing awareness to the issue of domestic abuse, we emphasize the importance of women making healthy decisions.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Get your hubby off the couch and on the streets with the international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and violence against females.
The Buddy Walk
The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. It consists of 275 walks around the world and is a 1-mile walk with a person with Down syndrome.
Girl Scouts of America
FITNESS Mind, Body, Spirit Games, for Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization dedicated to all girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. Sign up for the annual FITNESS Mind, Body, Spirit Games in New York City and donate to the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is an international nonprofit organization that provides localized health education and wellness programs to girls ages 8 to 12. During the 10-week program, participants train for a 3.1-mile run/walk event while taking team-building and self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle for girls. Girls learn to stretch themselves — physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally — and in the process are inspired to a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Each local chapter of Girls on the Run hosts two runs each year.
American Heart Association's Heart Walk
The walks range from 1.6 to 6 miles, with those in wheelchairs, kids in strollers, and dogs welcome to join in at various locations. The Start! Heart Walks are fitness walks in varying lengths that bring together companies and their teams to fight heart disease and stroke. Both individuals and teams can participate.
Kidney and Liver Diseases
The PKD Foundation's The Walk
The Walk for PKD (polycystic kidney disease) takes place in more than 60 cities across the country.
The National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk presents an occasion for dialysis patients, organ transplant recipients, donor families, living donors, medical communities, and the general public to celebrate life and support NKF's mission.
The American Liver Foundation's Liver Walks is an event to raise money and support for liver research.
Run for Research
This annual race organized by The American Liver Foundation is one of the oldest and largest marathon teams in the Boston Athletic Association's charity program. Join today to compete in the Boston Marathon and raise funds to help the cause at the same time.
Walk with Us
Alliance for Lupus Research's Walk with Us is a rain-or-shine 5K walk for lupus research.
Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Trail Run
With lupus affecting more than 20,000 Minnesotans, this race is to keep hope alive in the Twin Cities that a cure will one day be discovered. Walkers or runners make their way through the woods and around lakes and streams for a slightly rugged terrain trot.
Lupus Golf Classic
With proceeds going toward the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, you can practice your swing and mingle at this annual tournament.
Out of the Darkness Community Walks
Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this is a 20-mile journey through the night, from dusk until dawn.
Make a difference in the lives of people with mental illness. The money and awareness you raise through Nami Walks will support mental illness advocacy, research, education, and support programs both locally and nationally.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The MS Walk is held to raise money for multiple sclerosis research every year. An MS Bike Ride is also held annually, with about 100 tours covering 48 states to choose from. The MS Challenge Walk is being held in nine different locations throughout the nation. Depending on location, the event is two or three days, ranging in distance from 30 to 50 miles.
The Walk from Obesity
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Foundation is serious about improving the lives of the morbidly obese by focusing on increasing research funding of morbid obesity, and increasing public and professional education. In September and October in cities all across America, obesity sufferers and survivors alike join forces and walk to raise money for research, education, prevention, and treatment of the life-threatening disease of obesity.
Parkinson's Unity Walk
The Unity Walk is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson's research in the community. It began in 1994 through the efforts of patients, families, support groups, and friends of those affected by the disease. One hundred percent of all donations made goes directly to Parkinson's research: Its first year, the walk raised $16,000 — it raised $1,700,000 in 2007.
Updated on FitnessMagazine.com, January 2012.