Journey For The Living (JFTL) is a national fitness challenge that raises money and builds awareness for Holocaust education.



Walk, run, or ride at least 15 miles in one month to represent the journey that Mark Schonwetter (a Holocaust survivor) walked in one night, along with his sister and mother, to escape the Nazis.

Distance Options

  • Journey (15 Miles/month)
  • Warrior (15 Miles/week)
  • Champion (15 miles/day)



The money raised directly supports Holocaust Education Grants for teachers nationwide – providing learning materials, supporting field trips and programming, and bringing Holocaust survivor speakers into schools and classrooms. Through Holocaust education, we teach students about the dangers of hate and inspire them to create a better, brighter future.



Individuals can start a team, join a team, or walk alone. Teams can be in-person, virtual, or both! Simply invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate.






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When signing up you will receive your own eBib that we encourage you to print out and upon completion of the month you will receive a certificate of appreciation. In addition, be on the lookout for your e-medals as you hit milestones along your journey!


This year we are excited to announce our 2024 prize levels:

1. Participant that raises the most amount of money in May will get a $50 Amazon GC
2. Participant that walks the most amount of miles in May will get a $50 Amazon GC
3. School team that walks the most amount of miles will get an ice cream party


COMPLETED: 5,653 miles
TARGET: 10,000 miles
RAISED: $ 90,468
TARGET: $ 100,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints from Brzostek to Debica!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Our Mission: To provide grants for educators to teach anti-hate initiatives, respect, and kindness to students nationwide through Holocaust education.
Our Vision: To inspire students to create a world where all people are treated equally and with kindness and respect.

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The money raised directly supports Holocaust Education nationwide, funding grants for educators up to $1,000 to provide learning materials, support field trips and programming, and bring Holocaust survivor speakers into schools and classrooms.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #JFTL2024 with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.