Participant Info


On Saturday October 10 plan to arrive no later than 9:45 am as the walk will depart promptly at 10 am from Southwood Elementary at 1500 S. 4th St. where you can leave a car.

If you are with a group that travels in two cars, then park the second vehicle at the Statehouse Garage so that following the noon rally in Trinity you can provide a ride back to Southwood for drivers needing to get their vehicle. Statehouse Garage entrances are off eastbound Broad St. and southbound 3rd St.   Park on Green Level at north end of garage and take north exit.  $4 if using pay station. Credit card only at exit, $5

Plan ahead as there are no available restrooms at Southwood and there will be no food available until refreshments are served at 1:30 after the rally.  Ohio State celebrates Homecoming with a noon football game, so there may be traffic delays and possible congestion at rest stops en route.  Arriving early may also enable you to buy a Walk T shirt in your size.

Those attending the noon rally who do not plan to walk the 2.5 miles from Southwood can meet up with the walkers at the corner of 3rt and State streets around 11:30 to 11:45 to join the final three block walk around the statehouse grounds en route to Trinity at 125 E. Broad.

Those arriving in Columbus Friday evening 10/9 are invited to a 7 pm Community Dialogue with the walkers at 1021 E. Broad featuring Rev. Jeff Hood from the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty.


Saturday October 3,   ARRIVE IN PORTSMOUTH

  • 4 pm Orientation: IBEW Hall, 110 Offnere St., Portsmouth
  • 6 pm Dinner
  • 7 pm Community Dialogue with Sam Reese Sheppard, Derrick Jamison, and death row call in from Keith LaMar
  • Overnight: St. Mary’s school, 515 Fifth Street, Portsmouth. Leave cars at IBEW

Sunday Oct. 4 Walk Day 1 Rte 23 to Pike County

  • Shuttle walkers from Portsmouth to depart Lucasville 8:30 am
  • Overnight: Word Alive Fellowship 204 Commercial Ave, Piketon

Monday Oct. 5 Walk Rte 23 to Ross County

  • Overnight: Chillicothe Community of Christ, 539 West 5th St
  • 7 pm Community Dialogue featuring Terry Collins

Tuesday Oct. 6 Rte 23 in Ross County

  • Overnight: St. Mary’s 61 S Paint St, Chillicothe
  • Dinner with Father Hummer

Wednesday, Oct. 7 Rte 23 in Pickaway County

  • 7 pm Program at St. Joseph’s, 134 W Mound St., Circleville, featuring Sam Sheppard

Thursday, Oct. 8, Rte 23 in Pickaway County

  • Overnight: Grove City Community of Christ, 1255 Stringtown Rd., Grove City

Friday, Oct. 9, Rte 23 to 115 S. 4th St. Columbus

  • 6-8 pm, meal and program, 1021 E. Broad St., Columbus
  • Overnight: Corpus Christi Parish 1111 E Stewart Ave Columbus,

Saturday Oct. 10 115 S. 4th St. to 125 E. Broad St. Columbus

  • 10 am departure from Southwood Elementary, 1500 S. Broad St.
  • 12 Noon Rally, Trinity Episcopal  1:30 Farewell Lunch
  • Shuttles to airport and Portsmouth

Directions to Participants  Sept. 14

Preparation: Take regular training walks in good walking or running shoes or sandals that fit properly with good socks. If buying new shoes, break them in. Try to walk 13.5 miles at least once covering between 2.5 and 3 miles/hour. Get plenty of rest the week before the walk.

Gear: Roll-up sleeping bag and mat for overnights on the floor, water bottle, rainwear, sunhat, sunscreen, toiletries, towel, flip flops, small day pack. The Walk has a first aid kit. Those with extraordinary food needs should bring personal diet supplements (Walk meals strictly vegetarian , 4 host dinners TBA) Pack everything inside light and compact bags with no tie ons. Laptops can be boxed together each day for transport in the support truck’s locked cabin.

 T shirts custom made for the walk available on arrival, possibly free to walkers if $ raised.

 Daily Routine:

  • 6:30 Wake Up. Prepare/share breakfast, clean up and packing, morning circle daily preview, load the van, shuttle to walk
  • 9:00 Begin first of three one hour segments with two ten minute breaks before
  • Noon 1 hour lunch break
  • 4 pm Complete final two one hour segments with one break and shuttle to overnight.
  • 6 pm Prepare/Share dinner, clean up

Support Vehicles:

  1. Van will carry daypacks, lunch, porta pottie, and walkers experiencing difficulty to each rest and lunch stop.
  2. Truck will carry overnight bags directly from one overnight to the next resting place.
  3. Passenger car for special shuttles, media contacts, food shopping, other as needed.

Contact Info:

  • Prior to 10/3, Lorry Swain (606) 932-2383.
  • October 3 10, Road Manager Jon Blickenstaff (513) 766-6121, Planning Coordinator Howard Tolley (408) 348-1181 or Treasurer Lee Blackburn (614) 216-0010

Ways You Can Help

  • Publicize the final 2.5 mile walk and 12 noon Saturday rally in Columbus, facilitate carpools
  • Encourage supporters to endorse the walk online and to make a contribution.
  • After reviewing the itinerary and list of participants please email
  1. Name, email, phone for an emergency contact during the walk and any special medical needs.

2,   information on your arrival/departure and whether you intend to leave a car in Portsmouth — carpools are being coordinated from varied origins to and from the walk

  1. Volunteer as Food Coordinator, Music Leader, First Aid resource, road flagger, cook, shopper, driver. Van/truck Packer, Photographer, Tweeter.
  2. Ohio residents send a letter to editor of your local paper. See draft at pg 3 below.


Download the information below (Preliminary Directions) here

The following basic guidelines will help you prepare for the seven day Walk to Stop Executions.  Those joining for the final 2+ miles on Saturday October 10 will also find some of the guidelines applicable.   If you have not yet registered for the walk please do so as soon as possible.  Questions?  Contact Us.

THE WALK       We will gather at 4 pm Saturday, October 3 in Portsmouth, Ohio for an orientation meeting, dinner, evening program and overnight. Participants will be driven to Lucasville Sunday morning Oct. 4. Experienced leaders from Footprints for Peace will guide walkers along State Route 23. We will walk roughly 13 miles a day with at least a ten minute break about every hour (every three miles) and an hour lunch. The walk ends on Saturday, October 10 with a 2+ mile walk and rally in Columbus. There will be a support vehicle with us for breaks, lunch, and emergencies.  Vehicles will carry our luggage each day so participants need only carry items they want to have with them during the day.  You can put items like a water bottle, sunscreen, raincoat, etc., in a day bag and leave it in the support vehicle or carry it with you as you wish.

SAFETY   The safety of both walkers and people in cars is of utmost concern.  We will have flaggers at the front and back of the walk whose job will be to keep everybody safe.  Be prepared to follow the direction of these safety people.  We ask that personal music devices that block the hearing of traffic and other noises not be used while we are walking.

ACCOMMODATIONS    We will stay in places like churches and people’s homes but beds will not be provided so participants should be prepared to sleep on the floor.  You will need a sleeping bag, pillow, and a portable sleeping pad.  If you do not already own a sleeping bag or pad and cannot obtain one contact us and we may be able to loan you one. Access to showers and the internet will vary and may be unavailable for some days.

MEALS   We hope to have morning and evening meals with our host community each day.  When that is not possible we will prepare a meal for ourselves.  Lunch will be carried in the support vehicle and made available at mid day.  We ask that you bring your own eating utensils (plate, bowl, cup, silverware) to cut down on waste.  Please be prepared to help with cooking and cleaning responsibilities.

Please let us know if you have special dietary needs vegetarian, vegan, diabetic or other.  You may need to be prepared to supply your own food if you have extraordinary needs.

DAILY EXPECTATIONS  A walk like this can be physically and emotionally exhausting.  Many people will be outside of their comfort zones regarding physical activity, eating habits, and sleeping arrangements.  The experience may also be exhilarating, thrilling, and inspiring.  Bringing a positive attitude, willingness to be flexible, and an eagerness to chip in will enhance the experience for everyone.

Each day will be filled with activities from sunrise to bedtime.  The work of getting ourselves down the road is strenuous.  In addition there will be programs some evenings.  We will be respectful of the need for plenty of time for rest and recuperation in the evenings.

PREPARATION   Training before the walk will make the experience more enjoyable.  Develop a walking routine to build up your endurance several months before the walk.  Try to walk 13 miles at least once before the walk so you know what that feels like.  Good walking or running shoes or sandals are essential.  Proper fit and good socks will help prevent sore feet and blisters.  If you need to buy new shoes do so ahead of time so you have time to break them in.  Make sure to get plenty of rest the week before the walk.

WHAT TO BRING   Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, small flashlight, raincoat, sunhat, sunscreen, walking shoes (more under preparation below) and flip flops, toiletries, clothing appropriate for the weather, eating utensils, water bottle, camera, notebook, day pack, smiles and hugs.

LUGGAGE    We request that all luggage and equipment be kept as light and compact as possible.  Your gear will be loaded and unloaded in a van each day for transportation.  Items tied onto the outside of luggage makes it hard to pack into the van.  It is your responsibility to pack everything inside your luggage so it does not get lost or damaged.

CHILDREN   We encourage people to come with their children as this will be a family friendly walk.  Please be responsible for your children.

 PETS   No pets.  Service dogs are welcome.

 VEHICLES   Parking will be available at the IBEW Hall in Portsmouth for the duration of the walk.  Do not plan to bring your vehicle  along on the Walk.  Arrangements will be made to return people to their cars at the end of the walk.  If you plan to join late or leave early, contact us so that arrangements can be made.

DONATIONS  We are accepting Tax deductible donation so that all participants can walk for seven days without payment of any required fee for expenses such as food, support vehicles, materials, and permits.

Donations can be made online or by check made out to Scioto Peace and Justice FOR with “Walk” in the memo line and mailed to Scioto Peace and Justice-Fellowship of Reconciliation, PO box 104, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-0104


COMMUNITY  Walkers of varied ages, backgrounds and cultures will join and live in community for the week, sharing chores.  Walkers making collective decisions for the community will seek to reach consensus in discussions governed by principles of compassionate communication.  All events will be non-violent, alcohol-free and drug-free.  If circumstances do not allow consensus decisionmaking, Walk organizers will make critical decisions.


Fundamental tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Stride Toward Freedom.

PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.

PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.
The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.

PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.

PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.

PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.