Puesta del Sol Walkathon 2023

Pequeños Pasos, Grandes Saltos


Rain or Shine!

WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2022 from 3:35-6:00pm. Rain or shine. (No pets please.)
WHERE: Puesta del Sol Soccer Field
WHY: Build community. Raise funds. Have fun! 
HOW: Every student needs to RSVP either Yes or No!
WHAT TO BRING: Sunscreen, good walking shoes, blanket/chair to sit on, CASH or Credit for food


On Friday, September 29 , 2023, Puesta del Sol is hosting the 21st annual Walkathon, our first in our new school building!

This annual tradition is our largest community-building event where family, teachers, and staff join students to walk laps in a fun and festive atmosphere to support Puesta del Sol's Fall Fundraiser. There is no charge to participate and there is no set distance, however, every student must RSVP

Walkathon is a component of the PTA's fundraising plans for 2023. This component allows students and their families and friends to donate to their school. Students can promote their walkathon efforts and help raise funds by sharing this link with friends and family. 

Don’t miss this fun tradition! 


2023 Results + Survey

A BIG THANK YOU to the more than 130 parent and student volunteers, the Puesta del Sol PTA, Principal Danelle, Vice Principal Aishla and our wonderfully supportive teachers and staff who helped to make this beloved event a success. ¡Muchas gracias!  

Collectively, 351 of our students completed 7,740 laps (774 miles!) and so far have raised over $16,000 in pledges. Awards will be handed out to the top walkers in each grade at a school assembly later this fall.  2023 Walkathon Lap Counts

The final due date for pledge money is October 14. It's not too late to donate through this link: https://puestadelsolpta.org/Packet/WalkathonUser/ and share with friends and family!

Feedback is welcome, please take a minute or two and complete the survey below about the event, this will help us as we plan for next year! https://forms.gle/MR4CcwTGU4nYNhBV8



Every parent or caregiver MUST RSVP either YES or NO for each child in the family by Friday, September 22. Permission is required for participation. This is not a drop-off event. Please find supervision for your child.

Avoid confusion on Walkathon day... RSVP for each child who attends Puesta del Sol, even if your family will not participate. We need a YES or NO for every student.

Why? There are always students who think they are going to Walkathon but for whom we have not received the required RSVP confirmation. Help us send your child in the right direction at the bell.



HELP US make the Walkathon a screaming success:

  • Volunteer: Help is needed before, during, and after the event. There is something for everyone! RSVP and then sign up to help: Sign Up to Help(Please note that there are a lot of opportunities, keep clicking to see all the sign-up slots)



CASH HELPS – BRING CASH TO BUY FOOD. While Walkathon expects to have Credit Card readers available this year, cash will still be a reliable way to pay among all of the food options.

Q: What kind of food is available?
A: The PTA will run booths selling pizza. In addition, two food trucks will be on site. All food sales are cash only. (Food options are subject to change.)

Q: Is this a drop-off event?
A: NO! All students must have a responsible adult present on campus during the Walkathon.

Q: Where will I park?
A: Walkathon parking can be tough. The Puesta del Sol parking lot and the surrounding neighborhood fill up quickly. Please see the Puesta del sol Parking page for more information.  Also note that there is additional parking at Hopelink:

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: No, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets. If you arrive with animals, we will have to ask you to take them home.

Q: What should my child wear?
A: We encourage students to wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing. On the day of the event every student, whether they participate in Walkathon or not, will receive a t-shirt that reflects their grade color. T-shirts will be distributed on the day of the event, and students who are participating in the Walkathon will be asked to place the t-shirt over their clothing.

Kindergarten- Red

Second Grade - Yellow 

Fourth Grade: Blue

First Grade - Orange

Third Grade - Green 

Fifth Grade: Purple


Q: How many laps make up a mile?
A: Ten (10)

Q: Why should I run laps?
A: Students are encouraged to run laps for fun and fitness and to raise money. As an incentive, students will earn colored bracelets as they reach milestone laps:

5 laps - Red 10 laps - Orange 
15 laps - Yellow  25 laps - Green
35 laps - Blue 50 - Purple
65 laps - Pink  75 laps - Black
85 - Blue/Green Swirl 100 laps - Yellow/Red Swirl 


Q: What are the behavior rules for my child?
A: School rules apply while on school grounds. Students should also demonstrate good sportsmanship. Only full laps around the track qualify toward the medal count. Kids who “fake” credits or repeatedly cut corners may lose lap credits or be disqualified from the medal competition. For safety reasons, we ask all students to stay out of the center track area.

Q: What if my child doesn’t like to run?
A: We encourage every student to walk or run at least a few laps. But there are a lot of ways for non-walkers to enjoy Walkathon. The Walkathon is our largest community event of the year. We encourage everyone to attend and celebrate our school and the contributions made during our GIVE BIG campaign.

Q: Can I walk with my student?
A: Yes! Family walking is encouraged. Please stay on the marked area of the track.

Most Laps Per Grade:  The boy and the girl in each grade who walk the most laps around the field will receive a medal at a school assembly in late October. If your child is a medal contender, you will receive an email after Walkathon.


Still have questions? Email [email protected]


Walkathon 2023 Committee