People living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related neuromuscular diseases, are robbed of the strength that most of us take for granted every day – the strength to walk, talk, laugh, hug, even breath. At MDA, we give strength to those who need it most.
The MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Philadelphia is a celebration of giving strength. An opportunity to recognize the members of our community -- you, supporters, caregivers, friends and family – and come together in support of our common cause. The 2019 MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Philadelphia is Presented by the Philadelphia Phillies and hosted by Rhys Hoskins. We are thrilled to have Rhys as an MDA advocate, partner and our host for the second year in a row. We are grateful for his support throughout the year including MDA Summer Camp and MDA Black-N-Blue Ball. Please join us as we celebrate Muscle Walk together!
Sign up for the MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Philadelphia as an individual, with a team, or create your own team. Ask others to join and support you with a donation — they'll be grateful for a fun and rewarding experience.
Your participation at the MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Philadelphia helps to support our mission of transforming the lives of people living with neuromuscular disease through research, treatments and care in Greater Philadelphia, South New Jersey and New Castle County, DE.
Parking: Park in any open lot adjacent to the Marine Parade Grounds
Restrooms: Across the street from the Marine Parade Grounds on Intrepid Ave
Donations: Cash will NOT be accepted. Checks and credit cards will be accepted. Please make sure you have all your donations in the Friday before the walk if possible.
Volunteers: Volunteers will be wearing grey Muscle Walk shirts. They will be around the Marine Parade Grounds and on the walk route to answer any questions you might have.
Arrival: Registration begins at 9 am. As you arrive you will hear the Phillies house DJ Jon Joaquin pumping up the jams! When you arrive please go to the registration tent and check in. Hopefully you pre-registered. If not then you will be asked to register on a computer or by registration form. If you raised $100 before May 13th you will be able to pick up your t-shirt. If you raised $100 after May 13th than your shirt will be shipped after the walk. You can pick up your team sign as well. Don't forget to grab your MDA Muscle Walk Passport. There will be a drawing at the end of the walk. The person that receives stamps from all 9 sponsors will be entered into a drawing to win a MDA Muscle Walk branded umbrella! Must be present to win.
Activities: After you check in stop by our Step-N-Repeat and take a picture with your team! Don't forget to hold up your team sign! Head over to our Tribute table and select a ribbon to wear in honor of the disease you are walking for. You can also grab a Why I Walk sign to hold or to pin on your shirt. Then you can grab a balloon from our Stars of Strength Table hosted by Tall Cedars of Lebanon Penn Forest. You might run into Chuckles the Clown along the way, ask him for a sticker! We also have Stacey's Face Painting again this year! New to the mix we have the Phillies Caricature Artist on hand! Last by not least the Phanatic will be out and about getting everyone pumped to start the walk!
Please visit all of our vendors and sponsors in attendance in vendor row. Remember to get stamps from all 9 sponsors on your Passport to be entered into a drawing.*
Opening Ceremony: Our ceremony will begin at 10 am and is hosted by Rhys Hoskins. Please gather by the stage to see and hear all the action! We will also have a short, fun warm-up facilitated by our partners at Philly Fire's Motivated Fitness before we hit the course!
Walk Route: We are excited for you to join us on this 1.5 mile walk and roll around the Navy Yard. As you walk and roll the Phillies Ball Girls will be cheering you on! We are going to bring you down S Broad Street to the water along Admiral Peary Way (left). You will walk up S 11th Street (left) to Kitty Hawk Ave (left) and take Kitty Hawk back to S Broad Street (right). The start and finish points are the same. This route will take you about 30 - 45 minutes to complete. Don't forget to stay on the left of the cones at all times. There are signs along your route to keep you on course! If you are in the Circle of Strength look out for your sign. As well as some of the top teams!
Closing Ceremony: When we return to the start/finish line please return back to the stage area. We will be handing out awards and certificates!