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Katherine Mulokey and Debbie Lebson Jacobs at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Mulokey and Jacobs are part of Team Tikvah (Hebrew word for Hope) in the Out of Darkness walk for suicide prevention. (Photo: Monique Calello/The News Leader)

STAUNTON – Because of COVID-19, this year the Shenandoah Valley Out of Darkness walk will be an experience versus a walk. 

Markita Madden, chair of the program, said they are walking in our area because some communities are not able to due to high COVID-19 positivity rates. 

The group worked with the City of Staunton and Staunton Parks & Recreation to make the event as safe as possible. 

Instead of coming together in one large group, teams will walk over two days this year. The two-day walk will happen 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday,