Saturday, March 31, 2012
The National Mall, Washington, DC

Schedule | Event Day Activities | Walk Route and Site Maps | Hotels | Transportation | T-Shirt Pickup

Make a difference!

There are so many ways to be a part of the 2012 National Walk for Epilepsy. Explore all the ways you can make an impact on the life of a person living with epilepsy.

Form a team...Creating a walk team is easy and fun.  What a great way to enjoy a healthy activity while raising money for a worthwhile cause.  If you want to form a team for the Walk click here to get started.

Donate...Every donation helps put us closer to a world without seizures. If you would like to make a donation to a person or a team click here to search for the name.  Maximize your gift by checking with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program.

Volunteer...Share your time and talents as a Walk volunteer.  There are numerous opportunities available.  Visit our volunteer page to learn more and to sign up.

Become a sponsor...Show your committment to people living with epilepsy, their caregivers and friends by becoming a sponsor.  If you would like to learn more about sponsorship contact Adina Frazier at afrazier@efa.org.


About the Walk

The National Walk for Epilepsy® is a family oriented, noncompetitive walk in our nation's capital to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. Help us make a difference by registering today.

Please join us on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Saturday March 31, 2012 and enjoy a morning full of activities for the entire family.

Walk Schedule

Friday March 30, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




Marriott Metro Center
London I and II Rooms
775 12th Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center (blue, orange and yellow lines)

Please note: If you plan to pick-up your T-shirt and bib on Walk day, please bring your registration confirmation e-mail with you.

Click here to print out your registration confirmation e-mail 
Saturday, March 31, 2012 (Walk Day)
7:30 a.m.

 Late Registration ONLY
Department of Agriculture lawn
12th Street and Jefferson Drive
Metro: Smithsonian—National Mall exit (blue and orange lines)
T-shirt Pick-up ONLY
National Mall
12th Street and Jefferson Drive
Metro: Smithsonian—National Mall exit (blue and orange lines)

Speed up your T-shirt pick-up by printing out your registration confirmation e-mail. 

Note: see below for T-shirt pick-up hints
8:00 a.m.

Walker's Village Opens
National Mall—near 12th Street

This is the area where Walk participants will receive information and giveaways from our Walk sponsors and partners.
8:15 a.m

Left on Lincoln Band Performs
National Mall—Main stage
14th Street and Madison Drive
8:30 a.m.

Pre-Walk Rally Begins 
National Mall—Main stage
14th Street and Madison Drive
Sponsored by: Lundbeck
9:00 a.m.

2012 National Walk for Epilepsy Begins

Kids Tent Activities Begin
10:15 a.m.

Post-Walk Rally
Walker's Village—Expo Tent
National Mall—near 12th Street

Rehydrate after the Walk with bottled water and chips provided by Supernus Pharmaceuticals and PepsiCo.

Top team announcements
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ask the Experts
Walker's Village—Expo Tent
National Mall—near 12th Street

This is an opportunity for Walk participants to ask leading epileptologists about the condition, and hear the Institute of Medicine's study results.
12:00 p.m.
Walk Activities Conclude

Event Day Activities

In addition to the Walk, we have other fun activities for you and your family to enjoy! Be sure to participate in other Walk events:

The T-shirt tent opens at 7:30 a.m. on Walk day at 12th and Jefferson Street.
Arrive early to beat the last minute rush.

Don't forget to print out your registration confirmation e-mail 

Express Pick-up Line: If you HAVE your registration confirmation e-mail go directly to the "Express" line to pick-up your T-shirt.

Walker's Look Up Line: If you DO NOT have your registration confirmation e-mail go to the "Walker's Look Up" line to pick up your T-shirt.

Late registrants must go to the late registration tent on the Department of Agriculture lawn located near 12th Street and Jefferson 

If you have collected donations and team gifts, you can bring them with you to the Walk and drop them off at the donation tent—or just make a donation yourself.

Stop by the Walker's Village tent to meet our Walk supporters, receive educational information and great giveaways. There will also be doctors there to answer your questions about epilepsy at our "Ask the Experts" session from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WTOP's Bob Madigan, Left on Lincoln band, Gwynn Park High School marching band, Oriole Bird, Chick-fil-A Cow, Bowie Baysox Louie, Washington Greenhawks Dunkin and Miss Mid-Atlantic 2012, Dr. Allison Hill will be at the Walk. Jennifer Moore Woods (who has a family member living with epilepsy) will perform the National Anthem at the Pre-Walk Rally sponsored by Lundbeck.

Bring the kids by for face painting, temporary tattoos and other fun activities.

A new addition to the Walk this year is our Social Media tent. Stop by this tent to get your picture taken in front of the Walk Mural, which we’ll put on our Facebook page!

You can also represent your home pride at our Hometown Heroes table. Place a pin on our US map representing your hometown. Help your region compete for the largest number of participants at the Walk!

After the Walk, keep the conversation going at one of the local area restaurants, like Subway at 555 13th Street NW.

Visit our Walk website to complete the post-event survey. We want to hear from you.

There are several Metro train routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. The closest Metro station to the Walk site is Smithsonian Metro (blue and orange lines). Metro opens at 7 a.m. For more information on Metro rail and bus, please visit www.wmata.com. For more travel information, please visit the Walk Overview page. 

Limited visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is primarily available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials


Walk Route and Site Maps

The 2012 National Walk for Epilepsy is slightly over 2 miles. The start line is located on the gravel path near 14th Street between Madison and Jefferson Drives on the National Mall.

Walk Route Map

Walk Site Map



The Epilepsy Foundation has a limited block of rooms at the Marriott Metro Center hotel.  Guest rooms are available at $205.00 per room plus applicable taxes. Please click on the link below to reserve your room or contact the hotel at 1-877-212-5752 on or before March 15, 2012 and mention National Walk for Epilepsy to receive this special rate.

Marriott Metro Center

The following hotels are in close proximity to the location of the Walk (either Walking distance or accessible by public transportation- METRO).

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Hampton Inn Washington DC
901 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
 L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
Comfort Inn Downtown DC
1201 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Courtyard Marriott 
Washington Convention Center
900 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004


Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country, Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. All of the airports have limo, and cab services available that will connect with the National Mall. The Metro rail stops at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

American Airlines

The Epilepsy Foundation has partnered with American Airlines to provide our attendees with a 8% discount off ANY published airfare on www.aa.com for the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC.

The valid travel dates for this discount are March 28, 2012 – April 6, 2012. You can easily access American’s fares and apply this discount by going to www.aa.com to book your flight. Place the Promotion Code 5232BJ in the promotion code box and your discount will be calculated automatically. This special discount is valid off any applicable published fares listed for American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection. International originating guests will need to contact your local reservation number and refer to the Promotion Code.

You may also call 1-800-433-1790 to book your flights, please refer to the Authorization Number 5232BJ when you call. Please note there is a reservation service charge for all tickets issued by phone. Please use our preferred partner, American Airlines when you can because of the benefits provided to you as a traveler and to our organization for extended partner value.

Promotion Code: 5232BJ

Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East. There is limited handicapped parking at the Lincoln and FDR memorials. Parking is generally extremely scarce in Washington, DC.

Public Transportation
There are several metro train routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. For more information on Metro rail and bus, please visit www.wmata.com.

Visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is primarily available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.


T-Shirt Pickup

Walk t-shirts are typically mailed starting three weeks prior to Walk day.  T-shirts will be mailed beginning the second week of March. If you choose to have your t-shirt mailed and are registering after Friday, March 9, 2012 we will not be able to guarantee that your t-shirt will be received prior to Walk day.

If you would like to pick-up your t-shirt instead of having it mailed, please see the late registration and t-shirt pick-up dates and locations below.

Saturday, March 24, 2012
11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Late registration and t-shirt pick-up

Select Giant Food Stores:
Washington, DC   (1345 Park Road, NW Washington, DC 20010)
Lanham, MD         (7546 Annapolis Road Lanham, MD 20784)
Largo, MD           (10480 Campus Way South Largo, MD 20774)
Rockville, MD      (12051 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852)
Arlington, VA   (3450 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201)
Alexandria, VA      (3131 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314)

Friday March 30, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Late registration and t-shirt pick-up

Marriott Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20005
Located near the Metro Center metro station

Saturday March 31, 2012
7:30 a.m.

T-shirt pick-up
National Mall
12th Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC
Located near the Smithsonian metro station

Late registration
Department of Agriculture lawn (near Walk site)
12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, DC
Located near the Smithsonian metro station