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About Karen's Walk

Karen's Walk is hosted by Phi Sigma Pi and began over 15 years ago when Karen Decker, a close friend of the fraternity passed away from postpartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a rare heart disease that affects mostly pregnant women.

Karen was only 22 years old and she left behind her six-week-old daughter, Hannah. In the beginning, Phi Sigma Pi created the Walk for Hannah, meant to raise money toward a college fund for Hannah.

The Walk for Hannah subsequently became Karen's Walk, and has since raised over $25,000 for cardiomyopathy research.

This upcoming race in 2018 marks the 15th Annual Karen's Walk.

This year, our goal is to attract at least 100 participants and raise $2000. In addition to meeting our fundraising goal, we hope that the 5K will raise awareness for cardiomyopathy, as it affects the lives of many.

It is also Phi Sigma Pi's goal to promote exercise and the practice of living a healthy lifestyle on campus and in the Rochester community.

Karen's Walk is entirely student run and our cause is something that Phi Sigma Pi is extremely passionate about. The research takes place at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

Want to Walk or Run?

Date & Time

February 18th 2018

Day-of Registration opens 7:00 am

If you have registered in the 'hard' or 'medium' mode 5k races (sub 25 minutes), we ask you to please sign in to get your bib number no later than 7:50am on Sunday. We will be combining these races into one. The race will begin at 8:00am.

If you have registered in the 'easy' mode 5k (greater than 25 minutes) we ask that you arrive and sign in to get your bib no later than 8:50am. The race will start at 9:00 am.

If you have registered in the 1 mile walk, please arrive no later than 9:50am. The race will start at 10:00 am.

Awards Immediately follow race conclusion

Games and food immediately following race conclusion

Event end: 1:00pm

Online Pre-Registration

RIT Affiliated Registration
Please register here for a discounted pass if you are an RIT affiliate (student/faculty/etc.).

Non-RIT Affiliated Registration
Please register here for a pass if you are not an RIT affiliate (student/faculty/etc.).

If you would like to donate to the Karen Decker Cardiomyopathy Fund of URMC, please use this eventbrite to submit your donation. Please note that you should not purchase your ticket prior to registering above.



  • Gordon Field House at the Rochester Institute of Technology

    Please enter on the ground floor on the north end. Public safety has requested all participants park in D lot.

Premium Sponsors

General Sponsors

  • RIT Men's Hockey
  • RIT Women's Hockey
  • Raj Mahal Indian Restaurant
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Woodcraft of Rochester
  • Yotality
  • URMC
  • Yotality
  • Core Life
  • Cricket Wireless
If you would like to sponsor Karen's Walk, then please contact us at the email addresses listed below.