Charity Walks are a wonderful way to improve your own health and raise money for worthwhile Washington, D.C. area charities at the same time. Special events are held each year, providing the perfect opportunity to volunteer some time, set exercise goals and make new friends. Here is the schedule of upcoming walks in the Washington, D.C. area, including Maryland and Virginia. Note, the exact dates are updated as announced.

Step Sisters' Brambleton Ribbon Run
April – Brambleton, VA
Presented by StoneSpring Emergency Center, the proceeds from the race benefit local breast cancer patients. By partnering with Inova Loudoun Hospital as well as several local vendors, the Step Sisters provide transportation, fresh food delivery, house cleaning, lawn services and childcare for those undergoing treatment for the disease.

Breath Deep 5K Walk for LUNGevity
April  – Columbia, MD
In memory of Dr. Clement B. Knight, the walk raises money for the LUNGevity Foundation to fund lung cancer research.  Dr. Knight, who died August 9, 2012, at the age of 62, was recognized in the Guide to Top Physicians for many years.  Lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year. It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity.

Bright Beginnings 5K Race
April - Washington, D.C.
The 5K event helps local families transition out of homelessness while preparing their children to enter kindergarten ready to read and ready to learn. The annual race is organized by volunteers from the Junior League of Washington. Participants will receive a t-shirt, running bag, food and water, and will be entered into a drawing for raffle prizes.

Meet at new location this year on Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

MS Walk - National MS Society, National Capital Chapter
April - Washington, D.C.
This walk, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, is a fun, family oriented event. Walkers raise awareness and money to benefit the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

Arthritis Walks
May - Greenbelt, MD
May - Annapolis, MD
May - Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

The Arthritis Foundation's signature event raises funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member in a three-mile or one-mile course and take part in activities for the entire family.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
May - Washington, D.C.
The Avon Walk is a marathon walk spread-out over a Saturday and Sunday. You can walk as far as you choose or up to 39 miles throughout the weekend. In order to participate as a walker in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, each person commits to raising a minimum of $1,800 towards the fight against breast cancer.

Relay for Life
Dates Vary - Many Locations in the Washington, D.C. Area
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser, an overnight activity where teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. This charitable event brings a community together to raise money to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.