About Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. Formerly Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes and America's Walk for Diabetes, the event has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $150,000,000 to Stop Diabetes!
More than 150,000 participants from over 130 walk events across the country came together last year to raise over $20 million.
Step Out Walks vary in length and each has its own local flavor, but some common themes can be found across all events:
- Red Striders: A Red Strider is someone living with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes that participates in our events. They are given a Red Strider hat and are recognized in other ways. They are a reminder of why we walk. You may hear folks declaring "Go Red Strider" when seeing a walker wearing one of the Red Strider hats.
- Champions: Participants who raise $1,000 or more become "Champions to Stop Diabetes." They are committed to doing everything they can to Stop Diabetes and are truly the backbone of our fundraising efforts. Once a participant sets their fundraising goal at $1,000 or higher, they receive the full support of their ADA staff partner to help achieve their goals. Each Champion receives a medal and other perks at and leading up to the event.
- Teams: Teams come in all sizes—two or more people make a team! There are all types of teams as well: corporations, families, clubs & organizations, and school groups build teams to walk for those who have been touched by diabetes.
There are many faces and aspects to Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes that all contributed to a community committed to doing their part to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all.
Teams come in all sizes and from different backgrounds. Whether you gather your friends, family, coworkers or classmates, you can team up to Stop Diabetes!
Start walking as a team!
Do your fundraising on the go with your Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes application for iPhone and Android.