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Steps of Support: September Offers Community Walk/Run Fundraisers

Sep 06, 2018 01:52AM ● By Jenn Willhite

As cooler temperatures usher in the start of fall, it’s a perfect time to “take steps” and enjoy the season’s change and support your community. Throughout the month there are several walking and running events intended to get you moving that support Hoosier health and wellness while raising awareness and funds for worthy causes via donations and/or pledges in the days prior to each one.

Here are several such events taking place in the Indianapolis area this September:

Kicking things off this month is the Indianapolis Heart Walk, a part of the American Heart Association’s national campaign to get America moving more. Check-in for the event will be held at 8 a.m., September 15, at the IU Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. There is no fee to register and participants in the one-mile and 5K walk and 5K run are eligible for a Heart Walk T-shirt after raising $100. The walk is a celebration of AWAKEN0918 those who have committed to a healthier lifestyle while encouraging others to also take the pledge. Funds are raised by walkers and runners to support the cause.

For more information, call 317- 732-4724 or visit

The St. Vincent Flyaway 5K, this year’s St. Vincent Cancer Walk, starts at 9 a.m. on September 15. This year’s event marks the first time the event will be held in Indianapolis. Aptly themed Take Flight to Fight Cancer, the Flyaway 5K’s route is on a runway at the Indianapolis International Airport and will offer an adult and kids 5K. Each year millions of Americans are affected by the devastating disease as either a patient or caregiver and thousands of those impacted are Hoosiers. Participants in the family-friendly walk/run event will meet at the Republic Airways Hangar at the Indianapolis Airport. Minimum donation is set at $5.

For more information, visit

The 6th annual Choose to Move Race to Beat Parkinson’s will offer a 5K run and an untimed one-mile walk starting at 9:30 a.m. on September 15. As a fundraiser for the Indiana Parkinson Foundation (IPF), Choose to Move helps the community serve those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder that involves malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain. IPF has several locations across Indiana that offers the Parkinson’s community and their families a place for wellness, fitness and support.

Location: 13600 E. 134th St., Fishers. For more information, visit

The 20th annual Ovar’coming Together Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run/ Walk, an outreach and fundraising event, starts at 8 a.m. on September 22 at the Indianapolis City Market downtown. Sponsored by Clovis Oncology, the event raises funds to help build awareness and support ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as funding ovarian cancer research initiatives. Participants can choose from three events: a one-mile walk, 5K walk or a 5K competitive run. The event, which honors Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, will feature entertainment, a TEAL market and educational booths.

For more information, call 317-925-6643 or visit

Walk check-in for the 2018 Walk to Defeat ALS begins at 10 am. on September 22 at White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza. The 1.5-mile walk to raise funds to support the fight against ALS through research, care services and advocacy and public policy changes begins at noon. Indiana is one of many states to hold the annual walk, which is the ALS Association’s biggest fundraising event, which raises funds for the national nonprofit organization to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Location: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-915-9888, email [email protected] or visit

The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer starts at 9 a.m. at the White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza, September 29. The pet-friendly 5K walk/run event will raise funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The families of children treated at St. Jude do not receive a bill for housing, food, travel or medical treatment costs and funds raised through donation and events such as the St. Jude Walk/Run event help to make that possible. There is a $10 registration fee per participant. Location: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.

For more information, visit To register, visit


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