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Event Information

Time:
Registration at 8:30 am
Ceremony at 10 am
Walk at 10:30 am

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Location:
24th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
2401 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Contact:
Jennifer Chavez | 757-793-5064 | jchavez@alz.org

General Information

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Photos from 2017 Event 

 

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Where do the funds go?

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Learn more about us by visiting us online

 FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions and Walk Website Help 

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Do I have to register in order to Walk?

Yes, we want to know you’re walking with us and need every walker to sign a standard waiver through their official registration. There is no registration fee for Walk. However, we ask every walker to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  

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Do I need to register my children for Walk?

Yes, children should register. Parents/guardians can register children online if the child will also be fundraising for a shirt or incentive prizes. If the child is just accompanying the parent at the Walk, complete an offline registration form and sign the waiver on behalf of the child. 

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I have never participated in the Walk before. Is there a difference between signing up as a team and signing up as an individual? 
First, welcome! There is a difference. If you have at least 4 or 5+ friends or family members who want to participate, you should register a TEAM. If you start the team, you will be the team captain and have access to both the team page and your own personal fundraising page. Depending on how you will be structuring your team, you can assign up to 3 people (including you) to co-captain the team. We encourage you to share your story by adding to the templated materials on both the TEAM page and YOUR page. If you don't have anyone else who wants to join you at Walk, you can either register as an INDIVIDUAL and get others to sponsor or contribute to your efforts or you can join someone's team. Either way, once you have completed online registration, you will have access to a multitude of resources including how to recruit members and start your fundraising. 

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Does every walker get a T-shirt?
Every registered participant will receive a T-shirt after achieving the fundraising minimum of $100. Teams who fundraise as a group will need to allocate enough funds to each member who wants a shirt. Team gifts do not equal shirts. Unless otherwise communicated, T-shirts will be available for pick up at Walk Swag Pick-Up day, September 18 at Edward Jones, 525 S Independence Blvd, Suite 110 from 12 Noon-7 PM and on Walk day beginning at 8:30 AM.

How do I get my offline donations to show up on my personal fundraising Web page?
Donations can be made offline by submitting a check or money order by mail or hand-delivering to the local Alzheimer’s Association office. Be sure to include your offline donation form, which can be found in your Participant Center or on your fundraising Web page, to make sure you receive credit for the donation. During our heaviest fundraising months of August through November, donations typically take 2-3 weeks to show up on your Web page due to us taking in monies for six chapter-hosted Walk events in September and October. Please be patient with us or direct donors to make donations online. 

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What is the Champions Club? Are there specific requirements to be a part of this? 

Yes! Raise $500-$999 to join the elite ranks of the champions club. We will celebrate your fundraising via social media. You will also receive a medal on or before Walk day and a certificate to brag about your efforts. You will also be listed online as a member. Raise $1,000+ and enter into the Grand Champions Club. Grand champion members will earn their notariety via social media online, medal, certificate and are also eligible to receive a long-sleeved dry fit shirt. These long-sleeved shirts will be given out post event at the Thank You Celebration in November. 

I saw that I could earn other prizes other than a shirt. How do I do that? 
Fundraising for the national incentive program has its priviledges meaning that you can earn other kinds of Walk swag. All registered participants who raise at least $300 are eligible to participate. The fundraising deadline for the program is exactly one month after the event.  The deadline is 10/22/18 after which an email will be sent to the eligible participant with directions on how to redeem for their prize. Offline donations must reach our office by 10/08/18 to be able to get processed in time. Certificate codes are specific to the person so they should not be shared. You will have 30 days to choose a prize at or below the level which you raised. Gifts are not cumulative. For more information, please email Jenn at jchavez@alz.org. 

Event Specifics- Walk Day

Are pets, strollers, bicycles and skates allowed on Walk day?
We do allow strollers, but for everyone’s safety, we discourage skateboards, bicycles, inline skates and wheelie footwear. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times and owners must obey all pet waste laws. 

Where do I park?
If you drive, you will have to pay to park and attend our event. Options are available here. The closest parking garage to our event is located at 336 25th Street. It opens at 7 AM. Cost- $2/hour up to 3 hours- $10/max. 

Shuttles via Commonwealth Assisted Living will also be available. We ask that participants park at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street and wait for a shuttle to bring them to 24th Street and return to parking. Times TBA.  

Disabled Parking
Parking is free for up to 4 hours at all metered spots for vehicles with a handicapped license plate or windshield placard. 

I have friends and family coming from out of town. Do you have a hotel that you partner with? 
Yes! Comfort Suites Beach Hotel is literally next door to the park. Discounted rates are 2 night minimum stay until June 1. Don't delay, book today. 
After June 1, please contact Jenn at jchavez@alz.org. 

Where are we walking?
The walk route is all on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. We will start at 24th Street and walk to 2nd Street at Rudee Inlet. This is the 1.5 mile mark. The return will be another 1.5 miles back to 24th Street to equal a total of 3 miles. There is no requirement for participants to physically walk. It is up to you to decide based on your physical prowess. 

What else is happening at Walk? 
We have a partnership with Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum so their grounds and space will be open to our Walk participants. The museum is also non-profit so while admission will be waived, we ask that you consider making a small donation to support their mission and educational programs.

Children's Activities- Face painting, balloons, snow cones, corn hole and other games.

Pets-  Welcome to the event with a water and treat station under the shade of a tent. All pets must be leashed and owners must obey all city waste and pick-up rules. 

Chalk the Walk- Volunteers will be at 11th Street and the boardwalk with colored chalk. You'll have a chance to chalk the walk with your reason to Walk or just get into the spirit of expression! 

Team Photos
Team photo areas will be in front of the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. This area will be open from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM and 10:30 AM-12 Noon. When taking photos, please use the following hashtags so we can add them to our Walk album. #walk2endalz #covawalk #endalz #alzseva 

What happens if it rains?
Walk is a rain or shine event. However, in the case of severe weather, we will cancel. If this is the case, we will update our Walk homepage 48 hours before the event. Look for our info via our media partners on tv and radio. An email will also be sent to all registered participants. 

We need volunteers! Know anyone who might be interested in helping us on the day of the event?
We need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, registration, water stops, promise garden, the T-shirt tent and so much more. All interested volunteers should visit our volunteer page for more information about event day roles and responsibilities. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Laurie Redilla, Logistics Chair at lredilla@commonwealthsl.com or Sharon Babbs, Volunteer Placement Chair at charonb45@gmail.com. 

How do I get a Promise Garden flower?
On Walk day, you will receive a wristband. Each registered walker with a wristband will receive one Promise Garden flower. Please choose the color that best represents your connection to the disease.

  • Blue represents someone with Alzheimer's or dementia
  • Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease.
  • Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Partner Links
Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Visit Virginia Beach 

Still have questions?

Check out our FAQs page, or contact:
Coordinator: Jennifer Chavez
Phone: 757-793-5064
Email: jchavez@alz.org

Thank you for all you do in the fight against Alzheimer’s.