Walk Details


2021 Walk to Defeat ALS - TIdewater



Neptune's Park, 3001 Atlantic Avenue


Walk Check-in: 9:30 am 
Walk Start: 10:45 am 

Participant Announcements

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Hello everyone! We are thrilled you are joining us for the 2021 Walk to Defeat ALS® Tidewater.I am here to serve as a support and answer any questions. Please contact me if you have any questions. Kindly email: aatwill@alsinfo.org or call: 804-432-9539.

The Walk will be held at Neptune's Park, 3001 Atlantic Avenue on October 3, 2021! 

NOTE: Covid waivers must be signed.  One waiver per participant. TIP: Waivers will be emailed to you before the walk. Please print and sign at home. Bring the signed waiver with you to the walk.If you forget, there will be extra copies of the waivers at Registration should you need one.


TDW Parking

Parking #1: Neptune Statue Parking
3036 Atlantic Ave #31Ocean
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Parking #2: 34th Street Parking Garage
212 34th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Parking #3: Public Parking LOT
210 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

BREAKING NEWS (released 5/10/2021): 


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (May 10, 2021) – The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation (VGF) is pleased to announce their partnership with The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter to create a new walk event in Virginia Beach. This new event will combine The JT Walk and The Walk to Defeat ALS® Hampton Roads to form The Walk to Defeat ALS® Tidewater.

The new event, to be held on October 3, will combine The JT Walk, sponsored by VGF, and The Walk to Defeat ALS® Hampton Roads, sponsored by the ALS Association. The new, combined Walk to Defeat ALS® Tidewater will include many of the features of JT’s Walk including activities for the kids, food, and a DJ. The goal is to raise awareness of ALS while also working to support those with ALS and to help find a cure to stop this disease.

The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation was created in 2007 by a group of young men to support local families with disabilities. A month after the creation of the group, founding member Chris Thompson’s brother, Josh, was diagnosed with ALS. As a result, the group shifted their focus to supporting those living with ALS and community projects that improve the lives of everyBODY.

To honor Josh Thompson – a husband, father, and avid surfer—VGF created the JT Walk. Since its inception in 2009, the JT Walk has played a key role in VGF raising over $3 million dollars to battle ALS. VGF will continue to memorialize Josh through the JT Walk Weekend events including a Gala, as well as the annual Walk in partnership with the ALS Association.  

The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter was established in 1991 to serve those living with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and their families throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The National Office and the DC/MD/VA Chapter share a joint mission: to help people living with ALS and to leave no stone unturned in a searching for a cure.

The ALS Association is the only national, not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS and battling the disease on every front – research, local services, public education, and advocacy. The DC/MD/VA Chapter focuses primarily on providing programs, services, and support. The Chapter’s goal is to ensure that ALS families residing in its region can count on caring, compassionate support from people who are familiar with the daily challenges of living with ALS.

While combining forces with the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation in the Tidewater area, the ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter will continue to hold The Walk to Defeat ALS® in other areas. Those Walks support the Chapter’s mission: to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

The Virginia Gentlemen have a weekend of events planned for October 1-3 with the 2021 Walk to Defeat ALS® Tidewater to be held Sunday, October 3 and an after party to follow. For more information, contact Jennifer Parker, jennifer@vagentlemen.com; Amelia Atwill, aatwill@alsinfo.org; or visit: http://web.alsa.org/TidewaterALS and www.jtwalk.org  

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 **The DC/MD/VA Chapter is working closely with our local health officials, state offices, and venues in assessing the potential for in-person events for the Fall. As always, the safety of people living with ALS, our event participants, volunteers, and partners are our #1 priority. Though we are uncertain we will be able to host in-person events in the Fall, we encourage you to register for Walk to Defeat ALS and be part of our online community. ALS doesn’t stop and neither do we!

Below are some helpful links and tips to get you started!

Walker Tools  |  Participant Center  | Register Now

Fundraising Tools

Walker Handbook
Your go-to guide for everything Walk related. It contains interesting ideas, helpful tips, and chapter contact information.

My Walk Supporters Pledge Sheet
Print this worksheet out and keep track of your donations!

Deposit Slip
Are you mailing your donations to The ALS Association before the Walk? Help them out and fill out a deposit slip!


 *Helpful hint: Register individuals and teams before setting up Facebook fundraiser.

Fundraising tools at your fingertips

Did you know that you can raise money for this year’s Walk through Facebook? Connect your fundraising page with Facebook's Fundraising platform to easily ask for support from your network! 

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We've Gone Mobile!

Your fundraising has gone mobile thanks to the Walk to Defeat ALS mobile & tablet app. Now you can fundraise on the go by sending emails, monitoring your fundraising progress and updating your page. 




2020 Walk Shirt


Only participants who've raised $90 will get a t-shirt. This benefit is awarded to individuals, not teams or donors, so make sure the donations to your personal fundraising record add up!

In addition to working toward one for yourself, you should spread the word to encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to earn their very own shirt.

Log into Participant Center to check your progress!

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Thank You to Our National Sponsors

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