The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies.
Highmark Inc. coordinates and underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes to the participating nonprofits.
The primary goal of the Walk is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions. The secondary goal of the Walk is to energize community members to have a greater hand in their health by becoming or staying physically active.
The inaugural Walk for a Healthy Community took place in Pittsburgh in 2003 and raised more than $25,000 for eight nonprofit organizations.
Since then, additional walks have been added in Erie, Harrisburg, Laurel Highlands (Johnstown/Altoona), Lehigh Valley(Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton), Northeastern Pennsylvania (Scranton/Wilkes Barre), and Wilmington, Delaware
Through 2019, the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community has raised more than $15 million dollars for nearly 450 participating nonprofits. $1,417,623 was raised in 2019; supporting 209 organizations.
- What if I want to walk but don't think I and/or my family could make the 5K journey?
- How do I check-in the morning of the walk?
- How should I prepare for the walk?
- What happens if there is inclement weather?
- Can I bring my children and/or a stroller?
- What happens after the walk is over?
- How do I qualify for the raffle prizes?
- Where does my donated money go?
- When must I submit my donations?
- Who should I name as the payee on my donation check?
- Can I bring my dog?
Q: What if I want to walk but don't think I and/or my family could make the 5K journey?
A: The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community also includes a One-Mile Walk option for those individuals who would feel more comfortable walking a shorter distance.
Q: How do I check-in the morning of the walk?
A: When you arrive at the walk start location, please check-in with the charity that you are walking to support. You will turn in your donation at this point. Once you turn in your donations, you may then proceed to get your event t-shirt. Please remember that registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K Walk begins at 9 a.m.
Q: How should I prepare for the walk?
A: On the day of the walk, participants should wear loose-fitting clothing and should layer clothes to accommodate temperature changes. Cotton or wool socks and walking shoes are also recommended. Participants who have special health needs should bring any prescription medications and a snack in case appropriate food is not available.
Q: What happens if there is inclement weather?
A: The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will take place rain or shine.
Q: Can I bring my children and/or a stroller?
A: Highmark Inc. and the participating organizations welcome you and your family to the walk. The walk is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Fun activities will also be provided for children before the walk.
Q: What happens after the walk is over?
A: When you have completed the 5K or One-Mile Fun Walk, you can relax and enjoy food and entertainment. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the 5k.
Q: How do I qualify for the raffle prizes?
A: All donations turned in online or to the organizations by 11:59pm the Thursday before the walk event will count towards the raffle prizes. Donations must be accredited by this time to count towards raffle chances. Participants will earn one(1) raffle chance per $50 raised.
Q: Where does my donated money go?
A: All monies donated goes to support the mission of your selected charity. Highmark Inc. has underwritten all of the walk expenses so that 100 percent of the money you raise will go directly to the charity of your choice.
Q: When must I submit my donations?
A: All donations not made online should be placed in an envelope and given to the representatives at your charity's registration booth on the day of the walk. Please make sure all checks are made payable to your selected charity. Some charities also have the capability to take donations on-line.
Q: Who should I name as the payee on my donation check?
A: Donations by check are recommended and should be made payable to your selected organization. Please note, checks will be returned if made payable to Highmark Inc.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, nonaggressive dogs are permitted at the event on a leash.