of the Darkness
Walks to Help Suicide Prevention)
and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who donated
to this event. Roadchix was moved, inspired, fatigued, overjoyed,
excited and thrilled to be a part of the first ever Out of
Mankind is inspiring. That
is how we would encapsulate this fantastic experience. We
walked among so many people touched and hurt by suicide that
the emotion of this event was engulfing, moving, but most
of all inspiring. We both feel proud and honored to have been
a part of this event.
New Friend. We made a new friend in the process
of participating in this event. We have squared Beth, because
our new friend's name was Beth too! We met her through DC
Web Women and you'll see her picture peppered throughout this
tale. We had a great time swapping stories and tales, you
really get to know someone after 28 miles!
We began in Annandale at Northern Virgina Community College
at 5:30 pm on Saturday night where we waited for opening ceremonies
to begin. After the opening, we began to leave the campus
in a massive herd that funneled down to a line around 7:00
I believe those first 5 miles were the absolute worst for
me (Roadchick K). I was sure I wouldn't make it to the end.
But people are inspiring and the energy created by over 3,000
walkers just carries you along with it.
We There Yet? We wound our way through Virginia
on parts of the Washington - Old Dominion Trail and the Custis
Trails. We walked along Lee Highway and were cheered on by
spectators. We had about 14 rest stops and pit stops. The
Palotta Teamworks crew and the volunteers were fantastic.
Every two to four miles, we were able to refuel and partake
of the conveniently located Porta Potties. Each Pit Stop had
a theme ranging from Harry Potter, which featured everything
from volunteers dressed up as wizards to trivia questions
posted on the outside of porta potties with the answers posted
We hydrated and stretched and hydrated and stretched at every
stop. And we followed the constant refrain of every Palotta
Event: "Stay Alert - Stay Alive!" Sounds corny,
but it works, you'd be surprised how tired you are at 3:30
am after walking 20 miles.
And then we would chug on down the trail, where volunteers
were waiting to cheer us on and help us along. We really cannot
tell you how organized and enjoyable Palotta made this event.
So one more thank you if you'll allow us: Thank you Palotta
On We Go. Our participation in this event
took place over 15 hours. A little bit more than expected,
but every minute was worth it. Near the end of our journey
we had reached the front of the pack, because we were on a
roll. Unfortunately, the one mistake the promoters made that
day was to send us over the wrong bridge and we had to stop
and retrace our steps on the Roosevelt Bridge. We ended up
walking down the GW Parkway 2 more bridges to the Memorial
That was daunting.
Walking 2 miles out of the way. But we made it. The sun rose
and it was like we were surrounded by hope. We met survivors
of suicide attempts and people who were survivors of friends
or family who had committed suicide. We were inspired and
embraced by the feeling of community and kindness that people
coming together in a cause ignites.
You Again. So thank you so much to everyone
who donated. You can feel good about yourself because any
amount you donated to this cause has most definitely saved
If you are interested in participating or in donating to
Out of the Darkness, you can find additional information at