What: 2023 Kern County Walk to Defeat ALS®
When: October 14, 2023
Where: The Park at Riverwalk, Bakersfield
Schedule: Registration opens at 10:00am | Walk begins at 11:00am
How do I register?
You can register online for the Walk to Defeat ALSŪ in three ways:
Join a Team: If you are joining an existing team that a friend started, you can search for the team name and register as a participant on the team.
Start a Team: If you plan to be the team captain of a team and are ready to hit the pavement, you can start a new team during registration.
Join as an Individual: If you are signing up to walk or run on your own, you can register as an individual.
After you pass the first page of registration, you will be able to sign up as a walker, virtual participant, or volunteer.
What are the costs involved?
The Walk to Defeat ALSŪ is free for all participation types, although fundraising is encouraged.
Do I have to fundraise?
It is suggested that all participants raise a minimum of $100 to earn a t-shirt. If you are a first-time fundraiser or are interested in learning more, check out our Fundraising Tools. Our staff is another resource for you and we will be here for you at every step of the way! Don't hesitate to reach out and we can come up with a fundraising plan together!
What happens if I am not able to raise $100 by event-day?
If you aren't able to raise $100 by event day, you can still participate and walk! It is a suggested minimum, but even small donations show support and unity. Also, fundraising does not end after event day, so you will still have time to reach that goal if you are able!
My friends might start a team, can I register as an individual now and switch to their team later?
Of course! We can easily move you onto a team if you choose. Just email us and let us know!
Do I have to join a team?
Nope. You can participate as an individual or on a team! Whatever works best for you.
When does the Event start?
Schedule is subject to change. Be sure to keep up to date by visiting our Event Details page.
Is there a deadline for online registration? If so, will I be able to register at the event?
The deadline for online registrations is by noon, the Friday before our event. We encourage you and your friends / family to register as early as possible to make the biggest impact for our ALS community. If you are not registered before this deadline, you will be able to register onsite the morning of the event. To see the registration schedule, please visit the Event Details page.
Can I participate in the Walk to Defeat ALSŪ if I am under 18?
Yes, all ages are welcome. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their participation waiver during registration.
What if my family or friends want to join me?
The more the merrier! In fact, why not start a team? If you need any help getting a team started, don't hesitate to contact us!
For detailed information regarding our safety protocols for this event, please visit our Event Details page.
What are the route options?
Fundraising and Financial Questions
What is the deductibility of my donors' contribution?
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.
What is the Walk to Defeat ALSŪ's Tax ID?
We will be using the Tax ID for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, which is 95-4163338.
How do I turn in donations made by cash or check?
Please download the donation form and include it to ensure we give your team full credit for your fundraising efforts. You can mail your check donations to the Golden West Chapter office:
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter
2023 Kern County Walk to Defeat ALS®
PO Box 7082
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
Is it safe to mail cash?
It is NOT safe to mail cash. If you would prefer to convert it to a check to mail to the office, please include the donation form so that we can mail acknowledgement letters to your supporters.
What if my donors need a receipt?
Donors who make an online donation via our website will receive an email confirmation that can be used for tax purposes. Those who send checks valued $500 or more will receive a thank you letter by mail that can be used for tax purposes. If you have a donor who needs a receipt, please let us know and we will be happy to provide one.
Where does the money go?
We work hard to make sure every dollar you donate has maximum impact on the fight against ALS. From patient programs to cutting-edge research, your fundraising efforts for the Walk to Defeat ALSŪ will never go to waste. We pride ourselves in functioning with a high standard of efficiency and transparency. Click here to learn more about where your money goes.
Your Personal Page
What is a Personal Page?
Your Personal Page is an online promotional tool to use when asking your friends and family to join your team or make a donation. Once you're registered, a personal page is automatically created for you. You can customize this page with photos and your personal story by logging into your Participant Center. Our staff is here to help you every step of the way.
How do I login to my Participant Center?
To login to your personal page, you will enter your username and password into the Participant Center Login Area at the top right of the website. Once you've entered your username and password, you will be taken to the homepage of your Participant Center.
What if I forget my username or password?
If you do not remember your username that you set up during registration, just contact our staff and they can look it up for you. If you do not remember your password, the link under the login area will help you reset your password - or you can always give us a call!
Do I have to change my Personal Page?
You don't have to, but we know from experience that the participant's personal touch makes the page more compelling to prospective donors. Be creative and have fun with it. Please know we are here to help you do this.
How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
Login to your Participant Center. On the home page, you will see a box that is labeled "Your Fundraising Progress" with a button that says "Edit Goal" where you can change it. Or you can contact us and we can do it for you.
How can I see who has donated on my behalf?
Login to your Participant Center. On the homepage, scroll down until you see "Personal Donations". There you can see a list of your donors and download that list.
How can I see who is on my team?