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Why Step Out?

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 $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes!

More than 120,000 participants from 120 walk events across the country came together last year to raise over $24 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 who participates in our events. They are given a Red Strider hat to wear on walk day and are recognized in many special ways. They are a reminder of why we walk!

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 involved with Step Out: 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.

Step Out Videos - Everyone has a very personal reason for participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Watch the videos below to hear participants explain why they Step Out.


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© 2016 American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes takes place across the country and is the premiere walk event supporting all people living with diabetes. It’s your turn to join other passionate people and register today!

How to be a Virtual Walker?

It's easy!

  • Click on the "Register" button located within the top of this page,
  • Find the Step Out you’d like to participate in locally, and
  • At the beginning of registering choose the VIRTUAL WALKER registration option.

That's it!

Create a Team

You can create a team either through the "Register" button above where you'll first find the nearby event or by visiting the list of events associated with national company below.

Do not forget to associate your newly created team with this company.

Join a Team

To join a team within this company, view the list of the available teams within this page and click on the team name or the "join" button next to it.


CREATE a new team

Become a captain of a new team.

JOIN a team

Join a team already registered for this event.

REGISTER as an individual

Participate without associating with a team.

BE a Virtual Walker

Participate from any location as a Virtual Walker.