Frequently Asked Questions
What is National Walkathon Day?
National Walkathon Day is a day to celebrate the unconditional love that our four-legged friends bring us with every wag and wiggle. It’s a day to build awareness and raise funds for Southeastern Guide Dogs. Dog lovers nationwide are encouraged to join together, individually but united via the virtual power of social media on one special day.
How can I participate?
On National Walkathon Day participants are encouraged to take to the streets in your neighborhood, at a local park, or wherever you choose! Lace up your sneakers and grab the leash. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors and host your very own mini-walk.
Not a big walker? That’s OK too! There are countless ways to participate. You can take your pup to the local coffee shop or restaurant. You can participate by fundraising - plan a bake sale, a garage sale, set up a lemonade stand. Pup parades are always fun - dress up your dog and take lots of photos. Share your photos with us using: #seguidedogs #progressivepups
All registered fundraisers will be invited to participate in contests too! So, be sure to register on this website and we'll keep you informed of what's to come.
When is National Walkathon Day?
The big day is May 1, 2021 ...but you can spread the word and begin raising funds today!
Will there be an event that I can attend?
Southeastern Guide Dogs will not be hosting an event - it’s still unsafe to gather in large crowds due to Covid-19. However, dog lovers nationwide are encouraged to celebrate within your personal circles. What you make of National Walkathon Day is up to you!
Should I register?
Yes! Everyone who registers will receive a free bandana. Registered fundraisers will also be sent emails announcing contests and fun activities leading up to National Walkathon Day.
Should I fundraise?
Yes, please! Funds raised through Walkathon are imperative to fulfilling the life-changing mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs. You’ll also earn fun incentive items like t-shirts and tumblers.
How will I get my incentive items?
Incentive items will be mailed to the address you provided in your online registration.
Can I participate even if I don’t register or fundraise?
Of course! Spread the word and encourage others to get involved too! Share your National Walkathon Day photos using: #seguidedogs #progressivepups
How has the raffle drawing changed?
All raffle drawings will take place on the Southeastern Guide Dogs campus on May 10, 2021 and you can watch in real time as the winning tickets are drawn via Facebook live! The Walkathon raffle includes five drawings of $1,000 cash and a grand prize drawing of $10,000 cash! Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to mail your tickets in to:
Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 - Attn: Walkathon Raffle
All tickets must be received by May 7th in order to be entered into the raffle drawing. For more information, click here.
How do I make a donation or turn in money?
There are several ways to support our mission - You can sign up to fundraise and make a donation to your own fundraising efforts. You can search for a team or individual fundraiser and make a donation to their fundraising efforts. Or, you can mail a check to:
Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 - Attn: Walkathon Derpartment
If you’d like a fundraiser or team to receive credit for your donation, include a note with your payment stating the fundraiser’s name and/or team name.
Will there be an in-person Walkathon next year?
We sure hope so! For now, let’s all stay safe and healthy. We’ll get through this together.
Do you have materials to help me fundraise?
Yes! We have collection boxes and collection envelopes that we’d be happy to send your way just email email@example.com and a member of the Walkathon team will be in touch. You’re welcome to print a copy of the National Walkathon Day flyer too!