Participating in the 11th Annual Karen's Walk and 5K Run is an excellent way to live a healthy lifestyle while giving back to the community. 100% of race proceeds benefit the Karen Decker Cardiomyopathy Fund to support medical research in the fight against heart failure.
Over the past 10 years, Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity has raised over $25,000 to
support cardiomyopathy research at the University of Rochester. Every contribution
counts! Donate here or go to the Sponsors page to find out other ways you can get
Karen's Walk is a fun and family-friendly event held every Spring on the RIT Campus.
Whether you are a student or professor, running enthusiast or parent, we encourage
you to come out for an exciting event that supports a great cause!
Karen's Walk 5K Run
Benefitting the Karen Decker Cardiomyopathy Fund
Help us in the fight against heart failure!
Date: April 6th, 2013
Location: Nathaniel Rochester Field (behind residence halls) at RIT
Course Map: Coming Soon!
RIT Student / Faculty: $10
Kids (14 and under) 1 mile Fun Run: Free
*T-shirts guaranteed to first 150 registrants and post-race refreshments will be available for all participants!
Day of Registration and Bib Pickup: 8:30 - 9:15 AM
Race Begins: 9:30 AM
Sign up as a team with 5-10 people to run with your friends and be eligible for our Team Awards and $1 off registration. Just indicate your team name on your registration form.
Prizes will be given to top finishers!
Male Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
Female Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
Top 3 Teams (based on average 5k time)
Leashed dogs and Strollers are allowed in this event
Karen's Walk began over 11 years ago when Karen Decker, a close friend of the fraternity passed away from postpartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a rare heart disease that affects mostly pregnant women. Karen was only 22 years old and left behind her six-week-old daughter, Hannah. In the beginning, Phi Sigma Pi created the Walk for Hannah, meant to raise money for Hannah's medical costs. The Walk for Hannah subsequently became Karen's Walk, and has since raised over $25,000 for cardiomyopathy research.
2013 marks the 11th Annual Karen's Walk. This year, our goal is to attract at least 150 participants and raise $2500. In addition to meeting our fundraising goal, we hope that the 5K will raise awareness for cardiomyopathy as it affects the lives of many. It is also Phi Sigma Pi's goal to promote exercise and the practice of living a healthy lifestyle on campus and in the Rochester community. Karen's Walk is entirely student run and our cause is something that Phi Sigma Pi is extremely passionate about.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR.
You can register online by filling out an online form and submitting payment through PayPal.
Click this link to open the online registration form.
Additionally, you can download a PDF of the registration form, fill it out and mail it to the address listed on the form.
Click this link to download the PDF form.
If you prefer, you can also register for the event on race day as well.
We are currently looking for individuals who would like to make a difference through a generous donation to our cause. Please use the Donate button above or send an email to email@example.com for other ways you can contribute.
The organizers are also on the lookout for local businesses who would like to get involved by donating gift cards, goods and services, or monetary donations to help us put on this event. Our ability to host Karen's Walk year after year is dependent on community support as we raise every penny that goes toward putting on the event to maximize our contribution to the Karen Decker Fund.
All sponsors will be listed here on our website, printed on the back of the race t-shirt, and thanked during the awards portion of the event.
Please don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org to become a sponsor and get involved!
Thanks to our sponsors:
If you need more information or want to learn more about registration, donating, or sponsoring Karen's Walk, don't hesitate to contact us.
Have an idea of another way to help us fight against heart failure? Want to volunteer with us or host an event with our organization? Email email@example.com