“We knew we weren’t going to change the walk so we decided to make it safe.” Program for a local tradition


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – One weekend. Two football games. Three homecomings. This is what downtown Terre Haute looks like

Of all the homecoming events, one that draws many people is the famous walk. It’s an Indiana State University tradition where students, alumni and locals trek down Wabash to Memorial Stadium, stopping at each bar on their way.

This ritual includes catching up with old friends, making new ones and a lot of drinking.

Heavy drinking often brings up safety concerns.

“Listen there’s no excuse to drive drunk. Not one,” said Terre Haute PIO Ryan Adamson. “There are too many avenues to take to get a ride home.”

That’s why ISU came up with the designated walker program to keep an eye on people along the walk.

“I need community service hours and I like helping people so that’s why I decided to come to be a designated walker,” said first year ISU student Timothy Webb.

Students like Webb volunteer their time to make sure no one gets hurt.

“I feel like if people watch how much they’re drinking and don’t instigate there shouldn’t be any problems,” said Webb.
This program started in 2010 after the school saw a record high of 100 arrests during the walk.

“We knew we weren’t going to change the walk so we just decided to make it safe,” said ISU Police Sergeant Jacquelyn Smith.

Over two hundred students are trained on the dangers of drinking and what to do if someone is too drunk.

The designated walkers help those who need an ambulance, police or to be directed to a bus ride home.

“Since we’ve had this students seem to mind their own business and get to the stadium without any issues,” said Smith.

There are also sober bus rides running today to make sure everyone can get home safely.