(SAVANNAH) A fall tradition is set to continue in the Hostess City as the American Diabetes Association readies for the 23rd Step Out Savannah Walk/Run. Team WSAV is the 66th team to register for the annual event that raises money and awareness for people in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry living with the disease. Forsyth Park is once again the backdrop for the ADA’s big fall campaign. Participants will do two laps around the park either walking or running, but this 5K is not a timed run.
More than a thousand people joined the effort last year. The Step Out Savannah Walk/Run is set for October 10th, but it’s not too late to register for the event according to Vanessa Manning, the 2015 Step Out Savannah Walk/Run. “You can sign up October 9th, the day before the walk. We want everyone to sign up so that you can see the online materials and engage with other people and ask them to join you,” Manning said.
Team WSAV Captain, Coastal Sunrise reporter Martin Staunton, is a Red Strider. It is a Step Out designation for a person who actually has Type I or Type II diabetes. Team fundraising goals vary. Team WSAV hopes to raise at least $1,000 dollars. Staunton plans to try to rally two hundred viewers, coworkers, friends, and family to join Team WSAV, each bringing a $5 dollar donation to reach the goal. “I think it’s a budget-friendly way to help a great cause, enjoy a day at the park, and it’s a dog-friendly walk/run. I plan on walking,” Staunton says. He says this is his first-ever 5K. “I’ve covered a lot of 5K events over my career, but this will be the first I will actually participate in. But honestly, the last time I walked that far my car broke down.”
Manning says the Step Out Savannah walk is part of a national campaign, with walks scheduled in cities and towns coast to coast between October and November. The Step Out Savannah Walk/Run is set for Saturday, October 10, 2015. Registration at Forsyth Park will begin at 8 a.m. The 5K Walk/Run begins 9 a.m. Manning says ADA uses the money raised right here in the region. Some of it funds education programs that help newly diagnosed diabetics learn how to living and manage the disease. A portion of the monies raised will help with research to find a cure for diabetes.
As a new member of the ADA’s Community Leadership Board, Staunton says he feels it’s important to lead by example. There are 66 teams and 249 walkers registered as of Monday morning. You can join Team WSAV in the walk or you can create your own team. Participants can even walk as an individual and you don’t have to be there to join a team and participate. There is a a virtual walker option available to those who want to be a part of the Step Out Savannah Walk/Run, but for whatever reason, are unable to. All options are available online by clicking the link below.