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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What time does the walk begin?
A: Check in and day of registration will begin at 11:00 AM, and the walk will start at 12:00 PM. 


Q: Where on the National Mall should I go?
A: Registration and all activities will be at 12th St SW & Jefferson Dr SW near the Smithsonian Metro stop.


Q: How long is the walk route?
A: The route is 1.5 miles long.


Q: Do we receive a receipt for our pledges?
A: Donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive an acknowledgment email if donations are made online along with a written letter that will serve as their receipt for tax-purposes. All donations received via mail will be acknowledged with a written letter.


Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: No, the event is free to all participants. All walkers age two and up must register. Children under the age of two may attend but don't need to register.


Q: Do I have to fundraise?
A: In order to receive a Walk For Wishes® commemorative t-shirt, each walker will need to raise a minimum of $100.


Q: Why form a team instead of just walking on my own?
A: The majority of our fundraising tips and suggestions involve multiple participants and can be more fun to do as a group. Having a team increases your resources, contacts and opportunities when it comes to fundraising, and enables you to set up and achieve higher goals. Plus, we like teamwork! Check out the Team Fundraising page  for more resources.


Q: When do the family-fun activities begin?
A: Family activities will be available before and after the walk.


Q: What time does the awards ceremony begin?
A: The awards ceremony will begin at 12:00 PM.


Q: Is there parking for the event?
A: Parking is limited around the National Mall, so use of public transportation is recommended. The closest metro stop is Smithsonian.


Q: Can I run instead of walking?
A: This this is a fun walk and not advertised as a run, however, you are welcome to run, untimed, should you wish.


Q: Is there an age limit for this event?
A: No. Anyone, of any age, is welcome to participate!


Q: Will the course be wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, the course and sections of the event are ADA accessible. Please note the majority of the course is on gravel.

Q: How do I fundraise and collect donations?
A: For fundraising tips and ideas, please visit our fundraising tips page here. We encourage our participants to utilize designated online fundraising webpages, which make it easy for all your family and friends to contribute on your personal fundraising webpage. Individuals can make a donation, see your progress and leave a comment. You can also use the offline form to help collect donations or send to anyone who may not be comfortable donating online.  


Q: How can I make sure all the donations I collect are included in my fundraising total? Do those pledges count towards fundraising totals?
A: We encourage our participants to utilize their online fundraising webpage to ensure all donations are processed and credited in time to be counted toward your fundraising totals. Please note that fundraising prizes will be awarded on the day of the event. These prizes are awarded based on fundraising totals, as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018. If you have a supporter who would prefer to mail their donation, we encourage them to mail/turn in any pledges well in advance of event day. All donations should be mailed or hand delivered to: Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, 5272 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816. Please be sure a note is included that states that the funds are for Walk For Wishes®. Additionally, please be aware that any donations sent to our office will take longer to appear on your fundraising page and as part of your fundraising total. Once received, these donations must be processed before they will appear.


Q: What should be done with donations that haven't been collected by the day of the event?
A: All donations should be mailed or hand delivered to: Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, 5272 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816. Please be sure a note is included that states that the funds are for Walk For Wishes.


 Q: What do I need to know about the Pure Barre pop-up class?
One of our sponsors, Pure Barre, will be hosting a FREE pop-up exercise class from 2:00-2:30 PM directly following the walk. All participants are HIGHLY encouraged to bring a mat.


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