About Walkathon

The evolution of our Walkathons

The Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathons have evolved from humble beginnings to a series of wonderful, multi-site events that comprise our biggest fundraiser of the year.

The first Walkathon was held in 1987 at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto, Florida. About 50 volunteers and supporters attended l and raised over $15,000 on behalf of our guide dogs. Since that time, we’ve held Walkathons in Manatee, Sarasota, and Pinellas counties.

This year, we’re thrilled to hold Walkathons in five Florida locations: Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and The Villages. Growth is exciting, because every dollar raised helps us match more guide dogs with our visually impaired students.


What’s in a Walkathon?

While our locations may change, each Walkathon shares a common theme—a fun-filled walk for a deserving cause. Each Walkathon includes a dog-friendly walk in the springtime, tasty food options, lively music, and shopping.

Our walkers and friends champion this fundraiser by asking for support from friends and family, selling raffle tickets, and staging personal fundraising activities such as car washes and neighborhood yard sales.

To generate even more excitement, our raffle prizes include a top prize of $10,000, cheerfully donated by one of our sponsors. We also offer fundraising incentives such as milestone t-shirts, tumblers and puppy naming sponsorships.



Fundraising Incentives

$100 Walkathon T-Shirt (and dog bandana(s) for participating dog(s))


$250 Walkathon Tervis® Tumbler 


$1,000 Walkathon Top Dog Fundraiser T-Shirt


$3,500 Name a Southeastern Guide Dogs Puppy


In order to qualify for the t-shirt, tumbler and Top Dog fundraiser t-shirt incentives you must reach these goals individually, even if you are part of a team. Team members can combine their individual fundraising totals to Name a Puppy but they must be part of the same team.

For all levels except Name a Puppy, participants must be present to receive their incentives.