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2021 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Worcester County, MA

October 3, 2021

Event Information

Schedule of Events:
Walkers Welcome & Route Open at 8:30 a.m. | Ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

100 North Parkway, Worcester | Hanover Insurance Office Park | Worcester, MA | Map it

Route Length: 3 Miles

Catherine Leary | 617.393.2147 | caleary@alz.org

We're moving forward with plans to host the Walk to End Alzheimer's in person this fall. We are planning every Walk with the health and safety of our constituents, staff and volunteers as our top priorities. All events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. We will continue to closely monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees.

General Information

Will there be COVID-19 safety measures in place at Walk?
The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers are our top priorities. Walk events will be designed with this in mind including a venue layout that allows for physical distancing, hand sanitizer stations, contactless registration and more. The Association will continue to closely monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines and make adjustments to our event-day safety protocols as needed.

  • The Walk route will open at 8:30 am, so participants can start and complete their Walk before or after our Promise Garden Ceremony which will take place at 10:00 am.
  • We’re encouraging all attendees to physically distance themselves and to use hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the site. Masks will also be available.
  • Walk day will be as contactless as possible, encouraging all attendees to register and turn in donations in advance using the Walk mobile app or via QR codes on site.
  • Those who raise $150 + will receive all qualifying items in the mail including the official Walk t-shirt and Champions gear.
  • We ask that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance.

What if I want to walk from home?
We offer a Walk-day experiences for those walking in their community/neighborhood through our mobile app including:

  • View the recorded opening and Promise Garden Ceremony.
  • Engage with an augmented reality (AR) Promise Garden that allows you to select a flower representing your connection to the disease and plant it among others.
  • Generic Walk route map to track your at-home Walk, including AR start and finish lines.

How far is the Walk and will there be water stops?
The Walk route goes through the Burncoat neighborhood and is just over 3 miles. We will have one water stop. We do encourage people who require more hydration to bring their own bottles / water packs. All of our water is generously donated by Polar Beverages.

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

Do I need to register my children for Walk?
Yes, children should register. Parents/guardians can register children online or complete an offline registration form and sign the waiver on behalf of the child.

Does every participant get a T-shirt?
Every registered participant who achieves the fundraising minimum of $150 will receive an official Walk to End Alzheimer's T-shirt via USPS. To receive a shirt in time for Walk day, participants must raise the T-shirt minimum by Thursday, September 2.

Are pets allowed on Walk day?
As much as we love our furry friends, we ask that they please stay home.

Are 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. 

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 on or before the morning of the event.

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 and so much more. All interested volunteers should visit our volunteer page for more information about event day roles and responsibilities.

How do I get a Promise Garden Flower?
Each registered participant will receive a Promise Garden flower. Please choose the color that best represents your connection to the disease.

  • Blue represents someone living with Alzheimer's or another dementia
  • Purple is for those who have lost a someone to the disease.
  • Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for a person living with Alzheimer's.
  • Orange is for those who support the cause and the Association's vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

Still have questions?

Check out our FAQs page, or contact:
Coordinator: Catherine Leary
Phone: 617.393.2147
Email: caleary@alz.org

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