Definitions for walkathonˈwɔ kəˌθɒn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

walk•a•thonˈwɔ kəˌθɒn(n.)

  1. a long-distance walking race.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Sport

  2. such a race held to raise funds for a charity or cause.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Sport

Origin of walkathon:

1930–35

Wiktionary

  1. walkathon(Noun)

    a long-distance walk, either as a race or in aid of charity

  2. Origin: From walk + marathon

Freebase

  1. Walkathon

    A walkathon, walking marathon or sponsored walk is a type of community or school fundraiser in which participants raise money by collecting donations or pledges for walking a predetermined distance or course. They are similar in format to other physical activity based fundraising events such as marathons and cycling races, but are usually non-competitive and lower intensity. The low intensity model is ideal for mobilizing broad-based community support, and as a result Walkathons usually target participants from a wide range of ages and economic backgrounds. Walkathons are popular fundraisers for issues that affect large sections of the population. Most commonly, Walkathons focus on fighting or curing pervasive diseases or ailments such as AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, Lupus, and Arthritis, and participation is also often promoted as a symbol of empowerment, remembrance, or awareness of sufferers and their relations. Walkathons are also popular for elementary schools because they allow the children to make a visible contribution to their school, they build community, are fun, encourage healthy exercise, and can be very lucrative.

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