Kidney Action Day Walk Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Kidney Action Day Walk?

The Kidney Action Day Walk is a fundraising and awareness event that takes place during the American Kidney Fund’s Kidney Action Day. We invite walkers to stay and enjoy all the Kidney Action Day activities—free cooking demos and food samplings, fun exercise routines, free health screenings, and all the information you need in the fight to prevent kidney disease! Kidney Action Day and the Kidney Action Day Walk are part of the American Kidney Fund’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease.

How long is the walk?

Walk routes are designed to be accommodating to all walkers regardless of your level of fitness.  We encourage walkers to go at least one mile and up to three miles depending on your personal comfort.  No matter what distance you choose, you are helping the American Kidney Fund take action in the fight against kidney disease.   

Does it cost anything to register?

No. There is no registration fee for the Kidney Action Day Walk, but you must raise or donate a minimum of $25 online to receive a walk t-shirt. We also encourage you to ask your family, friends, and co-workers for financial donations to show their support.   

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in Kidney Action Day Walk?

No, there is no age requirement to participate in the walk or most of the activities at Kidney Action Day. (You must be 18 or older to participate in the free health screenings.) We’ll have something for everybody at Kidney Action Day and we encourage you to bring your family and friends of all ages!

How do I register for the walk?

Registering for the Kidney Action Day Walk is quick, easy and can be done from the comfort of your home in three easy steps!

  1. First, be prepared to decide: Will you be participating as a member of a Walk Team or as an Individual Walker?
  2. Then follow the online registration steps to become an official participant of your local walk.  
  3. This year’s Kidney Action Day Walks took place in Metro Washington, D.C. (June 21) and Houston (October 5).

May I send in my registration form?

It's much quicker and easier to register online, but you may send in or fax a paper registration form if you prefer. Download our registration form, fill it out and send it in!

How do I set up my fundraising webpage?

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you set up your personal page and begin fundraising. You can download it here.

If I arrive late to the event, may I still participate?

Absolutely! But we hope you will make it in time for the welcome and warm-up at the start of the event. Even if you can’t make it in time to walk, we hope you’ll stay for the rest of Kidney Action Day which includes free cooking and fitness demos, health screenings and fun entertainment!

Is the walk route wheelchair- and stroller-accessible?

Yes. Many of our participants make it a family day and bring along family members in wheelchairs and children in strollers.

How do I get a t-shirt?

Walk participants who preregister at least a week before the event and donate or raise $25 or more online are guaranteed a t-shirt. Unfortunately, we cannot promise you will get a t-shirt if you don’t register at least one week prior to the event.

What if someone wants to sponsor me, but doesn't want to contribute online?

You may collect donations in person and either mail them to the American Kidney Fund, or turn them in at the Kidney Action Day Walk. Just follow these steps:

  1. Print out the donation form and ask your sponsors to complete it. They may give cash, credit card or check—but we ask that you NOT mail cash. Checks should be made payable to "American Kidney Fund."
  2. You can mail the donation form (with check, if applicable) or bring the donation with you and turn it at the registration tent at the Kidney Action Day Walk.

What is a Team Captain?

A team captain organizes and motivates a group of people to participate together in the Kidney Action Day Walk. Team Captains are responsible for recruiting people to join their team, naming their team, setting a team fundraising goal, and communicating with and encouraging their team members. Being a team captain is an important and rewarding task. By gathering family, friends and co-workers to join your team, you are increasing awareness and supporting programs that will help kidney patients who depend on the American Kidney Fund.

May I participate as an individual?

Yes, you may register as an individual walker or you may choose to join a team that is looking for more members. By coming to the walk, you will generate interest in the event and raise awareness and money for this very important cause—and meet some very nice people who, like you, are joining the fight to prevent kidney disease.

Are there bathrooms available at the walk?

Most of our walk venues have restrooms. For those that do not, portable toilets will be available for use.

What happens if it rains?

The Kidney Action Day Walk will take place rain or shine. (But we're hoping for beautiful weather!)

What if I forgot my username or password?

Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to get your password. You will receive an email with your username and password.

How do I change my username and/or password?

First, log in to the site using your username and password. Once logged in you will see a link at the top of the page called "Update My Profile." Once in your profile, you will be able to update your contact information, email address, preferences, username and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately.

What if I have more questions?

For your questions on registration, teams, fundraising, or general Kidney Action Day Walk inquiries, please contact: Tracy Shaw or call 800-638-8299 ext. 7049.

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