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Step Up For The Arc 2023

The Annual Walkathon of The Arc of New Jersey and its Local County Chapters

Step Up For The Arc is an annual statewide initiative of The Arc of New Jersey, with walkathons held locally by every county chapter. It's a fun, healthy and easy way to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you wish to participate or make a donation at the local county level*, please contact the local county chapter in your area. If you wish to support the state-level advocacy efforts of The Arc of New Jersey, Donate Now.

*Funds raised through local county chapters are used to support and enhance the services they provide for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


The Arc of Essex - April 29, 2023 
Join The Arc of Essex County for our 25th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run and Family Walk on Saturday, April 29, to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The 5K is followed by a Fun Fest with face painters, science experiments, live music, and more! 5K registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is rain or shine. Register today and be a part of the fun while helping your community. Register Here

The Arc of Middlesex County - April 29, 2023 
The 23rd Annual Step Up for The Arc Walkathon will take place at Woodlot Park. The goal of the event is to promote community healthy, team-building, wellness, and raise awareness for people with IDD. The event will be a rain or shine. There will be a DJ and fun activities for all ages. Walk registration and complementary breakfast begins at 9 am. For registration details and more information, click here.

The Arc of Somerset County - April 29, 2023 
Walk: The in-person walk will take place following the 5K at 10:15am -12:30pm at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. (191 Old York Rd, Bridgewater Township, NJ US 08807)
Virtual 5k: You can run this event any day through April 29th!
Virtual Walk: This can be anytime, anywhere, through April 29th.   This event can be completed in multiple days and can be anything from hiking, biking, or walking your dog! 
Arc Adult Family and Friends Picnic following the 5K Run/Walk: We are excited to announce our annual picnic event for the adults and their friends and family at Duke Island Park from -11:00am-12:15pm.
For more details and to register, click here.


The Arc Ocean - May 13, 2023
Step Up for The Arc on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Jersey Shore BlueClaws for The Arc, Ocean County Chapter's 21st Annual Walk and Family Fun Day! Show your support for people with disabilities and their families by walking with us at the ballpark and enjoy a fun-filled community event. 
Click here for more information.

The Arc of Burlington - May 21, 2023
Masonic Village Pavilion, Burlington, NJ, from 9 a.m.-1p.m.

SCARC - May 21, 2023
Come one, come all to the 22nd annual Gordon & Ginny Shelton Memorial Walkathon on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.  Registration begins at 9am and the Walk begins at 10:30AM.  Each year, participation grows in this enjoyable event for people of all ages. Join our enthusiastic walkers in this 1.8 mile stroll to raise money in support of services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities served by SCARC and SCARC Guardianship.
9:00AM-10:30AM Registration & Dance Party with DJ Ray
10:30AM-12:00PM 1.8 Mile Walk Around The Fairgrounds
Registration and additional details are available at

The Arc of Bergen & Passaic - May 21, 2023 
The 23rd Annual Step Up for The Arc Walk and Family Fun Fest will take place at Olsen Park at the Bogota Recreation Center. This is a rain or shine event. SIgn in starts at 9:30 am and the walk begins at 10:30 am. Click here for registration details and more information. 

The Arc of Camden - May 21, 2023 
Lindenwold Memorial Park
Registration begins at 11 am and walk starts at noon
Free lunch, snacks, music and dancing.
More info here.


The Arc Gloucester - June 3, 2023
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 
The Arc Gloucester's Annual 5K & Walk-a-Thon is a great way to show your support for The Arc Gloucester, our mission, and the individuals we serve. When you run for the cause, walk with us or sponsor our event you are directly impacting the lives of hundreds of individuals! Your sponsorship and participation helps us to achieve our mission! Click here for more info.

The Arc of Salem County - June 3, 2023 
Walk Chairs: Cindy and “Jiggs” Lenahan
Jiggs retired in 2021 after serving 18 years as Salem County Prosecutor and Cindy retired after teaching kindergarten for 34 years at Mary Shoemaker School in Woodstown. We look forward to Stepping Up for The Arc with Jiggs and Cindy on in Riverview Beach Park, Pennsville NJ.
Registration begins at 9 am
Walk Kicks Off at 10 am


The Arc Morris - September 30, 2023
Check-in begins at 9 AM
1 Executive Drive
Morris Plains, NJ 07950


  • 1-mile walk in support those with disabilities
  •  Live music
  • Hamburgers, cider donuts, cotton candy & snacks 
  • Hot and cold apple cider
  • Commemorative t-shirt giveaway (while supplies last) 
  • Bounce house 
  • Corn hole


The Arc of Union - October 29, 2023
Family Fun Harvest Walk
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Road
Join us for a one mile Fun Walk, Pumpkin Decorating, Face Painting, a Harvest Trunk or Treat and refreshments! Enjoy a fall morning with friends and help reach our fundraising goal while spreading awareness about our mission!