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UPDATED 9/21/2023 4:25 PM 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at George Mason University on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023.

If you have a question that is not answered below, please email our Walk Manager at walkmanager@nami-nova.org.

THE BASICS

Where and when is NAMIWalks Northern Virginia?

Saturday, September 23 at George Mason University’s Merten Hall Lobby, Fairfax Campus (circled in blue) - 4441 George Mason Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030

Please Note: We have moved INSIDE Merten Hall from 10 am-12 pm. 

TRANSPORTATION

If I drive, where can I park? 

Free parking is available at Rappahannock Parking Deck (circled in green), which is located next to Merten Hall- 4395 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Are there other ways to get to George Mason University? 

Public transportation options are available. Click here to learn more.

REGISTRATION

I registered online; do I need to check-in at the walk? 

Yes! All participants must check-in on Walk Day.

I'm a Team Captain, can I check in my entire team? 

No, each participant needs to check themselves in and pick up their wristband themselves.

Do I need to register to walk?

Yes! Everyone walking must register (but don't worry, it’s free!). Registration at the Walk is from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM.  We encourage you to register ONLINE now.

Registration forms will be available on Walk Day and our volunteers will help get you registered quickly so you can enjoy the event! 

THE WALK

Walk Route:

- Start in front of Merten Hall.

- Continue down Chesapeake River Lane. 

- Turn and walk through Wilkins Plaza, which is the center of campus.

- Turn down Aquia Creek Lane.

- Return to the front of Merten Hall.

How long is the Walk?

Our Walk this year is very friendly, accessible, and about 0.75 miles. Do it once, do it 5 times running. Come dressed up with your team, show your Pride, show us your community. 

Are strollers allowed? 

Yes! Strollers and wagons are allowed. We are family-friendly and hope to see lots of families on September 23rd!

Are dogs allowed?

Yes!  Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed.  Please remember to clean up after your pet. Although we love dogs at NAMIWalks, please note that there will be approximately 1000 people in attendance at the event – if your dog is not child-friendly or is not able to handle moderate noise/crowds/other dogs, please consider whether bringing your pup to this event is the right choice. NAMI Northern Virginia and George Mason University is not responsible for actions of animals brought to NAMIWalks. 

FUN STUFF

What types of activities are available at the Walk?

We'll have community resource booths, food trucks, bottled water, live band, dance performances, a kids fun zone, and other activities from our sponsors!

Should I bring food?

That's up to you! 

DONATIONS

Can I donate offline or send in my check/cash donations prior to the Walk? 

YES! We accept checks mailed to P.O. Box 480, Oakton, VA 22124. Please make the check payable to NAMI Northern Virginia and include the name of the Walker that the donation should be applied to.

Can I donate at the Walk?

Yes - we encourage everyone to donate at the walk! NAMIWalks is designed to be a fun and inspiring day for all, but reaching our fundraising goal is equally important, as it allows us to continue and/or expand important NAMI programs throughout Northern Virginia!

How can I donate on Walk Day? 

You can donate the day of at our donation tent. You can also log into www.namiwalks.org/northernvirginia to donate right from your mobile device! We accept cash and checks at the walk. Please make checks payable to: NAMI Northern Virginia (if you want the donations to go to an individual or team OTHER THAN YOURSELF, please include it in the subject line!)

T-SHIRTS

I raised $100 or more, I'm getting a shirt, right? 

Yes! When you check in you will receive your T-shirt!  Although we do our best to have a large variety of sizes available (from Youth Small through Adult 4XL) it is impossible to predict what the needs will be on Walk Day. T-shirt sizes are available on a first come first serve basis.

I have 3 people who donate $100 each to me (or my team) - do they get shirts? 

No. Shirts are only for individual fundraisers who raise at least $100. 

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