23rd Annual African American Wellness Walk: Moving Hearts & Soles

Sat August 12, 2023 Dayton, OH 45405 US Directions



Premier Health is excited to announce the African American Wellness Walk (AAWW) is returning for its 23rd year! This year’s theme is “Moving Hearts & Soles”. The 5K walk/run will be a hybrid event, with both a virtual and an in-person option. The in-person 5K walk will take place at Island MetroPark (101 East Helena Street, Dayton, OH 45405) on Saturday, Aug. 12., with a program at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K walk at 8 a.m. 

Last year’s AAWW had more than 2,000 participants, over 600 of which attended the in-person 5K walk. Together we raised an incredible $50,000 for Central State and Wilberforce Universities! 

This year, we’re running it back. As we continue to invest in our local historical black colleges and universities (HBCUs), our goal is to, once again, raise $50,000 to benefit the students at Central State and Wilberforce Universities.

The theme of this year's African American Wellness Walk is: "Moving Hearts & Soles".


Registration for the 5K walk is free.

This is a hybrid event. Participants may participate virtually and/or in-person.


Kick-off Event Date: June 22, 2023

Kick-off Event Time: 4:30 - 7:00 PM

Kick-off Location: W. Social Tap & Table, 1100 W. Third St., Dayton, OH, 45402


In-Person Walk Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023

In-Person Walk Time: Gates open at 7:30 AM. The walk begins at 8:00 AM. Full agenda coming soon.

In-Person Walk Location: Island MetroPark, 101 E Helena St, Dayton, OH 45405




Soleful Summer Shoe Donations

This year, the #2023AAWW is proud to partner with Soleful Summer to host a tennis shoe drive to benefit students at Emerson, Horizon, and Dayton Public Schools partnership schools!

Bring your new &/or gently used tennis shoes of any size and gender to the walk. 

We’ll be collecting:

  • Tennis shoes that are new and/or gently used.
  • Shoes of any size and gender.
  • The shoes will be donated to students at Emerson, Horizon, and DPS partnership schools.

Sponsors and Vendors

Please check back for an updated list of sponsors soon!

If you would like to become a sponsor, please email Dionne Simmons dmsimmons@premierhealth.com .


Island MetroPark, 101 E Helena St
Dayton, OH US 45405

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