JDRF One Walk, Liberty State Park is almost here! We can’t wait to see you this Saturday, October 21, as we walk together for a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Please review the following information for important event day details.

Not yet registered? Sign up today at walk.jdrf.org.

JDRF One Walk, Liberty State Park
5 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07306


Event Day Schedule

  • 8:30 AM JDRF One Walk check-in and festivities begin
  • 9:20 AM Zumba warm-up by Janine from Fit Nation
  • 9:45 AM Walk Day opening ceremony starts
  • 10:00 AM One Walk official start
  • 12:30 PM One Walk official finish

Participants are invited to enjoy our Walk Day festivities beginning at 8:30 AM before the walk kicks off. We encourage you to gather at the big blue arch at 9:45 AM for our Walk opening ceremony. The walk starts at 10:00 AM. The walk, approximately 3.1 miles (5K), will take participants on a scenic stroll around Liberty State Park. Restrooms are available in the Ferry Lot near check-in and at the turn-around point. A rest stop and photo spot will be located on the route.

JDRF One Walk takes place rain or shine. We’ve requested shine this year!

Directions and Parking

The entire JDRF One Walk event is contained within Liberty State Park. Event parking is free for participants. Carpooling is encouraged to reduce parking costs encured by the chapter. Directions can be found here.

Arriving at One Walk

Upon arrival to One Walk, all participants must visit the check-in tent. At check-in, participants can turn in donations, register new team members and collect your JDRF One Walk T-shirt fundraising incentive.

Turning in Donations

Before visiting check-in, place any donations you have in a One Walk collection envelope, which will be provided to you at the collection envelope tent. All collection envelopes should be completed with the following information:

  • Complete participant contact information and team name
  • Amount of checks and/or cash enclosed

Please remember, each participant should turn in their own envelope. Do not combine funds in one envelope.

Don’t forget:

  • Checks should be made payable to JDRF
  • If you have a large amount of cash or coins to turn in on Walk Day, we ask that you convert it to a personal check.
  • Be sure to also complete the Walker Donation Information Form to ensure that you and your team members get proper credit for your donations.

Fundraising Incentive: JDRF One Walk T-shirt

Any participant who turns in donations of $100 or more, on or before Walk Day, will receive an official JDRF One Walk T-shirt. You can claim your One Walk shirt at check-in.

V1P Event Day Perks

V1P status is rewarded to participants who raise $1,000 or more. If you’re a V1P, visit our V1P express check-in to skip the line! As congratulations for being part of the top 5% of fundraisers across the nation, our V1Ps receive an exclusive V1P lanyard to wear. Make sure to visit our V1P tent on walk day to receive your lanyard, spin the V1P prize wheel and take a photo with our special guest – Rufus the bear!

Team Village

Our top five fundraising walk teams and our Team Week contest winner will be rewarded with a table in our Team Village!

The Team Village is the perfect spot to gather your team and celebrate your success together. Tables will be stocked with collection envelopes and pens, along with snacks and beverages. JDRF One Walk T-shirts, a reward for team members who have raised $100, will also be hand-delivered to your table by a One Walk volunteer.

On Wednesday, October 18, the top five fundraising teams to date will be notified by JDRF staff and receive information on their team table.

Food, Fun & Entertainment 

Festivities begin at 8:30 AM, including music from Déjà vu Disc Jockeys, team photos and more!  

New Family Tent: All of our family teams new to One Walk are invited to stop by our New Family tent, sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health, to pick up a drawstring bag as our welcome gift.

V1P Tent: It’s a must-stop spot for all V1Ps, our fundraising superstars who have raised $1,000 or more!

Team Village: Team tables for our top five fundraising walk teams and our Team Week contest winner.

Team Photos: We encourage all teams to visit our team photo spot for a Walk Day photo! The Team Photographer will be taking photos from 8:30 – 10:00 AM and again post-walk until 12:00 PM. Click here to view event photos, including team photos, and share your own photos with us on Facebook. #JDRFOneWalk  

Photo Booth: Stop by the inflatable photo booth with your family or team to take some cool pictures with a variety of fun props to take home. 

Activities Tent: Stop by this tent for some crafty fun. All participants are invited to create a card for a Bag of Hope for a newly-diagnosed child.

Wawa and the Wawa Foundation: We’re excited to have Wawa join us at One Walk. Wawa and local employees will be providing Wawa beverages as well as soft pretzels and apple snack packs.

Refreshments: Light breakfast snacks, fruits, as well as beverages, donated from Coca-Cola, will be served before the walk. Light snacks and beverages will be available post-walk. Poppy’s Kitchen food truck will be have coffee will be available for purchase ($1 per cup) as well as food.

JDRF Chapter and Advocacy Tent: Get the latest chapter news, register to become a JDRF Advocate, receive information on the upcoming TypeOneNation Summit event and more! We also encourage all participants living with T1D to visit and pick up a “T1D Looks Like Me” buff here.

Team Contests

We’re excited to continue our One Walk team contests this year!

Top Fundraising Team: Awarded to the team that raises the most fundraising dollars by November 23.

Best Dressed Team: One team will take home the title of best dressed. Your team must take a team photo on Walk Day for a chance to win. Photos can be taken at the team photo spot or emailed to newjerseymetro@jdrf.org.

Top Rookie Team: Awarded to the top fundraising "rookie" team.

Most Team Spirit: The team that demonstrates the most spirit – by sharing their story, raising awareness and funds in their community with a positive energy – will take home the title of most spirited.

Additional Walk Day Details & FAQs

  • One Walk is rain or shine, so please come prepared.
  • Breakfast and lunch will not be served. Snacks and beverages will be available.
  • Poppy’s Kitchen Food Truck will have coffee and food items for sale with a portion of the proceeds donated back to JDRF.
  • Donors who have written a check to JDRF will receive a letter of receipt from JDRF after Walk Day.
  • Please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. JDRF is not responsible for any lost items.
  • Leashed dogs are allowed in the park.

Additional Fundraising Details

You can continue to fundraising after Walk Day! Update your participant center with a Walk Day team photo or selfie and share your One Walk experience. Funds received until November 23 will be credited to your final individual and team totals for fundraising prizes.

Fundraising prize catalogs will be emailed/mailed to eligible participants approximately 10 weeks after the pledge deadline of November 23. Walkers are automatically opted into the incentive prize program by registering for the Walk. No action is needed unless you would like to opt out of the program. You may donate your fundraising prize back to JDRF by:

  • Indicating this on the collection envelope
  • Contacting JDRF at newjerseymetro@jdrf.org or (732) 219-6654
  • Logging on to your participant center. To opt-out, edit your profile and follow the prompts.

Outstanding unconfirmed donations do not count toward fundraising prizes.

Not yet registered? Sign up today at walk.jdrf.org

We can’t wait to see you on Walk Day!

Maryann Malak