Optometry Cares Run/Walk


Special thanks to our supporters!



Join us for a run/walk to support Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation!

By signing up for the in-person run/walk on Chicago on Saturday, June 18th at 6:00 AM CDT, you will participate in a 1-mile or 5K course at the Lakefront Trail. You can also sign up for the in-person race in your Optometry’s Meeting registration. The Start/Finish is about a 15-minute walk from McCormick Square to the Lakefront Trail starting line. Staff will escort the group through the convention center, so please meet at McCormick Square no later than 5:15 am CT. See the walking map from McCormick Square to the starting line of the Lakefront Trail below.

If a 6AM CT start time is early for you, you can always choose to sign up for the virtual run/walk and sleep in!

By signing up for our virtual run/walk, you can participate from ANYWHERE and can choose between a 1-mile or 5K option; just map your course, lace up your shoes and go for a leisurely walk or a competitive run (it’s up to you!)! If you are competitive, be sure to log your results by Tuesday, June 21, 2022 by 11:59 PM CT. Otherwise, it is completely optional if you would like to upload your results.

Your $30 registration includes a run/walk t-shirt, a finishing medal and swag from our sponsors!

Your generous support helps Optometry Cares® — The AOA Foundation to fulfill its mission of expanding eye care awareness, education and research to eye and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life.

  1. Register
    1. In-person – Sign up for the race when you register to attend Optometry’s Meeting®!
      • Already registered for Optometry’s Meeting and want to add the run/walk within your registration? No problem! Here’s how to amend your registration… 
        1. Find your Optometry’s Meeting registration confirmation email
        2. Near the bottom of the email select the “Modify Registration” button
        3. Then you will be able to amend your Optometry’s Meeting registration to add the Run/Walk
    2. Virtual – Sign up for the race here! If you are an optometry school student, please sign up here.
  2. Create your own Fundraising Team or provide a one-time donation to Optometry Cares®! 
    1. To create your own Fundraising Team, click here and select “Fundraise” on the right. If you are an optometry school student, click here and select “Fundraise” on the right.
    2. To provide a one-time donation, click here and select “Donate” on the left. If you are an optometry school studentclick here and select “Donate” on the left. 



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