Walk, Run, Strut your Pup with NAMI in Greater Nashville

Looking for a great activity for families, friends, service groups or employee team building? You found it! The annual NAMI Davidson Walk, 5K & Village with new Pup Parade! is a fun event. As you walk, run, paint, step into the photo booth, or boogie to the live music, you will making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Middle Tennessee. By joining our Wellness Festival, you help us help others as they travel down the path of behavioral health recovery and into a new normal. Individuals, families and friends sign up here to walk, run the 5K or register your Pal With Paws/Pup Parade.

For Sponsorship, Team Registration, or Volunteering please scroll down.

Just Jumping in for the 5K?

Independent runners are welcome to join us. Use us as a warm up for bigger races to come or come to support our good cause. Dogs and family members are welcome, but must stay behind competitive runners. Please see our Race Packet for race rules. To Register as an individualCLICK HERE,click Tickets, then choose 5K. To register as a member of a team scroll below to the team registration link.

Be in GOOD COMPANY – Join Our Growing List of Sponsors

Vanderbilt Behavioral Health joins us for the 6th year in a row as our $5000 Premier Event Sponsor. Kidlink, Mental Health Cooperative, United Healthcare, Raymond James, Amerigroup, Centerstone, Addiction Campus, HCA TriStar Skyline Madison and others, join us as major sponsors. We treat our sponsors like gold! Major sponsors get a tent, table, 2 chairs, a table top kit and help in with their displays. Every sponsor, including small business sponsors, get logo placement on the t-shirt, email blasts and year round on the NAMI Davidson website. This year’s event is expected to register 1000 people. TO SPONSOR CLICK HERE for online sponsor registration. To receive a paper Sponsor Packet or to be put in contact with a current sponsor for reference pleasecall 615.891.4724 or email info@namidavidson.org

Form Your Own WALK TEAM

Have fun and change lives. Form a fundraising team that helps us instill hope and provide recovery support. Your team helps those impacted by schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other “stuff” that gets in the way of life. You can help people on the road to managed recovery find their way to a NEW NORMAL.

When you start a team we set you up with your own mini-website. Your Team Captain Liaison will connect with you weekly for your totals and standings. So gather your co-workers, church goers, business colleagues, fellow students or Greek members, family or friends. We host some friendly annual rivalries.

Your Team includes 5K and walk participants. Humans joining their dogs in the Pup Parade are counted in the number of people. Dog registration fees are counted in the $ totals. Team members also include donors that do not have to be present to contribute to your team total. Team goal is $1000. Every team raising at least $500 gets a team picture. Any amount is welcome.Can’t make the event? Virtual teams are available. Contact info@namidavidson.org or call 615-891-4724 or CLICK HERE to complete a Team Captain Inquiry Form.


You can help! This is a fun event with a festival atmosphere. We are expecting 1000 people to walk, run, parade their pups, visit the village vendors or register to donate. We’ll have entertainment, a community art project, a photo booth and awards for the 5K.

We need your help with:Signage and monitors for parking and the 5K: t-shirt order fulfillment ( one week prior); Chipping Runners and Retrieving Chips; Truck Loading (Afternoon Before); Village Volunteers, 5K Start/Finish volunteers, Pals with Paws dog hosts, Layout run and walk courses in the early morning of the race, Early riser (4 am) table and tent setup. ongoing Twitter, Facebook & Instagram Campaigns; Help with breakdown and return of loaned property (following week).

We track service hours for high school and college students and those with community service hours. The first 60 volunteers to sign up get a free event t-shirt. We welcome corporate teams – especially those who will match with a donation against volunteer hours.

Unable to attend on event day? Your donation is important everyday. Please donate and change a life.

CLICK HERE to go to our Gallery and pictures from some of our past walks.