About – NAMI 5K Walks / Run For Mental Health

The NAMIWalks events bring together people of all ages and fitness levels to combat stigma, raise funds and promote awareness of mental illness. Our NAMIWalks 5K Run / Walk event is a celebration of recovery—a time when we come together to let the world know we are #stigmafree.

There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to build teams, share stories and raise funds to support NAMI CCNS. Participants raising at least $100 are given a NAMIWalks t-shirt on the day of their Walk. Other fundraising incentives may apply.

Visit NAMI Walks to learn more and register for a walk in your community today!

NAMI Walks 2018

Join us for NAMIWalks | Cook County North Suburban 2018 on Sunday, September 23rd! The day will bring together over one thousand participants who run or walk to bring awareness to mental health and addiction issues, eliminate stigma and end the silence, and raise funds for the critical services that NAMI CCNS and its partner affiliates that provide to the community.

Cook County North Suburban’s NAMIWalk is completely FREE and open to everyone in the community. Participants should REGISTER as a Team Captain, Team Member, or Individual Walker. Fundraising is encouraged, but not required. Runners and walkers can request donations on behalf of their participation using their fundraising page, which is automatically generated when registering online. All participants who raise $100 or more as an individual receive one free t-shirt on the day of the run/walk!

: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Check in: 8:00 AM
Start time: 9:00 AM
Location: Evanston / Dawes Park
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
NAMIWalks Registration here!

CARA Certified Race!

Please use Clark Street Beach as the destination address for the festival area (1845 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208). Please download and review our detailed walk / run route for the festival area on Run/Walk Day This map link also will help you arrive at the Run/Walk site.

The event features live music, giveaways, refreshments, and more! Teams of runners/walkers show their team pride with unique t-shirts or outfits. Organizations, individuals, and families (pups included!) walk together in solidarity showing their support for improving mental health awareness. The scenic backdrop of Lake Michigan and Northwestern University Campus allows for breathtaking photographs and a great time for all.

Sponsorships are available! Please contact Susan Ockerlund, Director of Development, at susan.ockerlund at gmail.com for more information.

See photos from NAMI Walks Chicago 2017 and our video below!