Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope
walk • run • festival
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Race for Steak: 9 a.m. • Walk for Hope: 10 a.m. • Festival: 10:30 a.m.
The Walk for Hope
In the 31 years since it began, our flagship charity event has helped raise millions of dollars towards better understanding of and treatments for mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia and anorexia.
Each year, thousands of participants come together at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to show solidarity for family, friends and community members living with a mental illness. After the walk is over, we celebrate our achievement with a family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music and prizes.
100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental illness research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, just as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which affect as many as one in five American adults.
Every step gives us hope, and hope keeps us moving forward.
The Race for Steak
Held the same morning as the Walk for Hope, the Race for Steak is a USA Track & Field Certified run with a timed 5K route. Prizes are awarded to the top men’s and women’s finishers in each age group.
All day long, we host a family-friendly festival with music, games, face-painting, balloon art, yummy desserts, a juggler, petting zoo with pony rides, and more!
And the best part is: you don’t have to join the walk or the run to participate. Your armband allows you to come out any time to enjoy the day!
Note: We are prepared to creatively reimagine the Walk if we must, but we are thinking positive and are moving forward with our plans to make the 32nd Walk for Hope bigger and better than ever!
Whether you choose to walk, run, or simply join the festival, all pricing is the same!
The Walk for Hope is more than just a community event—it’s a huge fundraiser that directly funds the research and treatment of mental illness. Most of our walkers and runners raise the money they need to participate; in fact, the average participant raises at least $150.
- For some clever ways on raising $70 and beyond, click here (opens as a PDF).
- Learn more about where these fundraising dollars go.
The Walk for Hope features two different routes:
- 5K (3.1 miles): Begins at the Angus Barn on Hwy 70, turns around at the Umstead Visitor Center, and returns to the Angus Barn. Click here to view the route map.
- 1-mile Family Fun Nature Hike around the Angus Barn Lake.
The Race for Steak is a 5K (3.1 miles) route that begins at the Angus Barn on Hwy 70, turns around just before the Umstead Visitor Center, and returns to the Angus Barn. Click here to view the map.
Online registration for the Run will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 8
Online registration for the Walk will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, October 10
Early Check-In Days
Beat the crowd and save time! Prior to Event Day, participants can register, turn in collection envelopes, and pick up T-shirts and event armbands at the Angus Barn.We STRONGLY encourage Early Check-In.
- Thursday, October 8: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Walk & Festival)
- Friday, October 9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Walk, Run & Festival)
- Saturday, October 10: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Walk, Run & Festival)
Race for Steak registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The Race for Steak begins at 9 a.m.
Walk for Hope registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The Walk for Hope begins at 10 a.m.
To encourage early registration and check-in, ALL Event Day prices increase by $5.
Our teams are so incredibly important to the success of the Walk for Hope each year! Did you know that teams raise 70% of our walker income each year? Teams must consist of a minimum of 5 people, so gather 4 or more friends or family members to join you on a team, and get brainstorming!
Team captains for teams that raise $500 or more over the minimum registration fee total for each team member receive an invitation to our annual Team Captain Kickoff lunch in August at the Angus Barn. It’s delicious incentive to raise more – and as always, 100% of the funds raised by participants and teams goes directly to fund mental illness research.
And if you really want to go for the gold, teams who raise $5,000 or more earn a custom flag printed with their team name for next year’s event. Once you have a flag, for each subsequent year your team raises $5,000 or more, we will attach a patch with that year on it! The week of the Walk, the flags wave from the Angus Barn wall along Route 70. Flags can also be carried on the Walk proudly!
Not only is our raffle a fun and easy way to raise money for the Foundation of Hope—a small ticket can win big! Here are the great prizes our participants can win in 2020:
Raffle tickets are readily available for you to sell at no cost to you. The tickets you sell can be put towards your overall fundraising goal, but not towards your registration fee. Call the Foundation of Hope office at 919-781-9255 for more information on where to get raffle tickets.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where should I park?
Parking is available just minutes away from the Angus Barn. There are no drop-offs at the Angus Barn, but FREE Walk shuttles will be available 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What is there to eat?
Breakfast items will be provided before the Walk and Run. All registered participants are welcome to join the Festival at the Angus Barn starting at 10:30am, with kids’ activities, great food, music and more.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Pets are not allowed at this event (with the exception of certified assistance animals). Please leave your pets at home.
Are there rest stops?
Rest stops with water and snacks are available along the route. There are also Hopemobiles available along the route for anyone who needs a ride.
Can I walk with a stroller?
Yes absolutely! If you bring a child, please remember to bring a stroller, infant carrier, baby jogger or wagon.
What happens if there is bad weather?
The Walk for Hope takes off in rain or sunshine. In the event of heavy rain or severe weather, we will post updates on our website and social media accounts.
How do I win prizes?
All registered participants receive a T-shirt and are invited to join our post-Walk celebration with kids’ activities, food, music and more! Top individual and team fundraisers receive special prizes and recognition, and everyone may enter our raffle for more great prizes.
What happens to my registration fee if the Walk can’t happen in person?
Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we’re prepared to creatively reimagine the Walk event if we must. Should the Walk for Hope transition to a virtual or other type of event, all registration fees are final and 100% will be included in your total fundraising contribution to our critical mission of funding mental illness research.