Training Walks

Training for The Overnight is essential, and it’s much easier and more enjoyable if we do it together. We all know how hard it is to get that first step going. Now imagine going out there with a big, supportive group to train with – much better, isn’t it?

Becoming a Training Walk Leader

We need Training Walk Leaders in all areas to plan and organize walks. No experience necessary! You just need to be able to walk and plan a simple route of any distance, collect waivers and help enforce the rules. We’ll help you come up with a plan to reach out to your fellow Overnight walkers. You can even invite your friends, family and donors to come out and walk with you. The Overnight is not just one night – the sooner you start to build the community, the better experience you’ll have.

To become a training walk leader, whether it's for a single training walk or a series of several, Call 888-843-6837 or email You can also complete our Training Walk Leader form to submit your Training Walk Form online and we will have it posted on the website within 48 hours.

Find a Training Walk near you (if you have questions about a partciular walk, please contact the Training Walk Leader directly):


Training Walk Leader:   Tom Bergen  
Contact Information: 917-727-5507 
Training Walk Date:  Saturday, June 14 
Start Time:   9:30 AM
Starting Location: Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 9:47 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $9.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 9:57 a.m. and at White Plains at 10:22 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 10:28 a.m.  Check for other route information at Metro-North Schedules. Parking is limited at the Valhalla station, try this link for parking info. at other Metro-North stations Metro-North parking.
Description: Walking on the Bronx River Pathway from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla to Bronxville
Pace:  3-4 mph (moderate pace)
Distance:  15 Miles (approx.)
Notes:   This walk is organized by the local group, Shorewalkers: From Bronxville hikers can choose to take the Metro-North train back to the city or continue walking about 2 miles to the 2 train at 241st Street. We will start by walking on top of the Kensico Dam, then head south 5 miles along the pathway to Hartsdale, then walk on suburban streets to Scarsdale, where we will pick up the pathway again and walk 4.6 miles to Bronxville.  Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a lunch break in Hartsdale.  The paths are mostly flat with a few inclines, there will be some mud and some puddles along the way. The hike will parallel the Metro-North Harlem Line, so there will be drop off points to catch the train at North White Plains, White Plains, Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Crestwood and Tuckahoe. 

Training Walk Leader:  LAURETTA CYPHER
Contact Information: 
Training Walk Dates: Sunday, June 15 & 22
Start Time:  2pm
Starting Location:  San Run Metro Park in the Merriman Valley of Akron, Ohio 44313
Description: Jogging path thru the beautiful area San Run in the Merriman Valley. 7 miles 1 way. no bicycles. porta-pots along the way
Level:  Flat
Pace: 2-3mph
Distance: 14 miles roundtrip
Notes:  Meet at the 1st parking lot off of Portage Path


Training Walk Leader:  Stephanie Nolan
Contact Information:, 215- 913-1410 (please RSVP if you plan on attending and call Stephanie if you have any questions)
Training Walk Date:  June 15 & 22
Start Time:  10:00am
Starting Location:  Corner of Rittenhouse Street and Lincoln drive. Northwest Philadelphia, 19144 
Level:  Flat
Pace: 3-4 MPH
Distance: It's a 10-mile RT loop, we can vary distances.
Notes: Will be walking on Forbidden Drive. Car-free, packed dirt road through beautiful woods along the WIssahickon Creek.Fairmount Park. Very, very easy on the legs and feet! There is parking right on Rittenhouse street (and slightly further south on Lincoln Drive if you can't find any parking on Rittenhouse)

Training Walk Leader: Giovanni Siciliano
Contact Information:, 215-817-0416
Training Walk Date:  Saturday, June 14
Start Time: 8:30am
NEW Starting Location: Lloyd Hall 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130 
Pace: 3mph (20 minutes per mile)
Distance: 18 miles
Notes: Walk will begin promptly at 8:30 am, rain or shine. We suggest you arrive 30 minutes early to properly stretch before the walk. The AFSP Philadelphia Chapter will be providing small training incentives at each of their training walks.

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