A plethora of outdoor activities are here as we enter spring time! Some of the most meaningful and fun activities I have taken part in has been charity walks. These walks range from 5Ks to all day or night events. Not only can you enjoy times with friends and meet new people, but you can support a cause while doing it. Here are some of my reasons why you should walk. Did we miss some? Tell us by commenting below!

Important reasons:

  1.     Support family and friends affected by a disease
  2.     To show that you are greater than a disease
  3.     To walk for those who can’t
  4.     To let people know they are not alone in their personal fight
  5.     To be a part of a cause bigger than yourself
  6.     To learn more about the world, yourself and a cause
  7.     To raise money for life changing research or foundations
  8.     To be the change

Not-so-important Reasons

  1.     Enjoy a beautiful day
  2.     Exercise
  3.     Community Involvement
  4.     Good Food
  5.     Music and Speakers
  6.     The t-shirt
  7.     A cheap or free activity with friends

Upcoming Walks to attend this Spring!


Come glow in the dark at the night time 5K for Friends of Valley Charities Scholarship on Sat. April 11, at 8 p.m. at University Park.   FVC and JMU’s Public Affairs Student Organization helps to fund a scholarship for a student at JMU who has or is directly affected by cancer.

When you register you will receive a GLOW shirt, necklace, two bracelets and other apparel! There will also be opportunities for people to buy more GLOW items once at the event. There will also be music, games, and food/refreshments at the event. There is no deadline for signing up for the GLOW 5k. The event begins at 8pm, but day of registration will begin at 7pm. Change up your Saturday night with this fun run with friends!


Relay for Life

This year JMU’s Relay for Life will be held on Fri., April 17 beginning at 6 p.m. and ending the following morning. Organizations around campus make teams to stay throughout the night to participate in food, games, activities and entertainment from groups across campus to raise money to fund cancer research. There will special events including the survivors lap, a Luminaria Ceremony for those we have lost to cancer and a rally to fight back!

Sign up by yourself or with your favorite organization to join almost 2,000 other JMU students, and have the night of your life!

Harrisonburg’s 5k Walk/Run for Autism

On Sat. April 11 at 9:30 a.m., there is a 5k on the University Commons at Eastern Mennonite University to raise money the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, which raises money for autism research and boosts awareness. This event is sponsored JMU’s Gamma Sigma Sigma, Circle K and SOTA.

Register to enjoy a run or walk and refreshments for a good cause!

Move for Life

On Sat., April 18 AVA Care will be hosting a 5k at Back Home on the Farm. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. This walk will raise money for AVA Care pregnancy center to continue to provide education, help and hope to women facing unintended pregnancy. You will be in a family friendly atmosphere with fun country activities at location with animals, teas, a greenhouse and a butterfly house.

Get something different out of your Saturday and register!

If there are any more upcoming charity walks or events coming up, comment the information at the bottom!

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