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Coldest Night of the Year


The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community. Walk with us on February 23, 2019!


About the Event

We walk because only the weather should be cold. The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly national walk that helps you raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in your community. We walk in the cold and dark to support all those in our community who are being crushed by struggle, trauma, shame and loneliness. To them - and to the community that witnesses our trek in the dark - we declare together that “Everybody matters. Everybody belongs. And yes, we need each other.” Since 2011, CNOY has raised over $21,500,000!



This year, the Coldest Night of the Year will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.



In most locations, registration opens at 4:00 pm, with walkers released by 5:15 pm. Walkers return an hour or two later for a warm cup of stew, chili, or soup. Find out details about your specific location.


What Happens

Participants register online to walk 2, 5, or 10 km on a safe, looping 5 km route that has been mapped out and signed for them. There will be a rest stop or two, and route marshalls will be patrolling along the way to guide them safely.



  •  Children 0-10: No fee
  •  Youth 11-17: Fundraise minimum $75, or pay reg fee.
  •  Adults 18+: Fundraise minimum $150, or pay reg fee.
  •  Reg fee increases from $25 to $40 on Monday, February 18th (the last week of the event)


Who Can Walk

Everyone is welcome! CNOY is very family-friendly - walkers range in age from toddlers with parents to active seniors. There is a route for everyone to enjoy.


How to Get Involved

Teams and participants register online and use our world-class online Fundhub to set up their fundraising page, add a photo and message, and email to thank their donors. Donors are receipted within minutes of their secure online gift.


The Lasting Impact

By walking at dusk during a cold winter's night, you'll feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter. And, by fundraising, you'll be contributing much-needed money to a charity in your town that is bringing hope and help to people in your community who need support.