AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns for 30th year Oct. 2
Now in its 30th year, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns to Soldier Field Saturday, Oct. 2, to support individuals living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago offers accessible options for participation (in-person, remotely and virtually) in an effort by AIDS Foundation Chicago to move Forward Together to look beyond the current state and focus on what to do to create a better future for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Proceeds from the event will directly benefit AFC community organizations as part of the CommunityDirect grant program. The program launched in 2005 to provide financial support to organizations in the form of unrestricted funds that provide essential programs and services to Chicagoans who are living with HIV and AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
All community organizations are actively working toward Getting to Zero, a statewide initiative to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030.
"While the pandemic has unmasked many of the inequities that have historically disproportionately impacted communities, it also showed us that we work better when we work together," said Dustin Erikstrup, AFC's director of fundraising initiatives.
"This year's event will provide the safe space where we can come together to actively make a difference and support those who need it most. "
With the health and safety of the community at the forefront, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has been expanded to provide multiple options for participation. All offerings will be aligned with local and state public safety guidelines. Participants can choose from the following accessible ways to be involved:
• In-person at Soldier Field on Oct. 2
Participants have the option of participating in three courses (Walk or Roll Course, 5K Run Course and 10K Run Course) along Lake Michigan. Advance registration is now open for the 5K Walk or Roll and the 5K and 10K runs through Monday, Sept. 27. Registration will be available on-site; the event is ADA-accessible
• "At Your Own Pace, At Your Own Place"
Run, walk or roll at your own pace, at your own place. Registrants will be given access to download RunGo, a virtual smartphone app to help track your participation anywhere and anytime you feel comfortable, as well as completing your race at any location.
• "Stay-at-Home Supporter"
Fundraise at home (minimum of $50 required) and visit AFC's Facebook page on Saturday, Oct. 2, for the LIVE Run & Walk Celebration, an online gathering featuring stories from those impacted by HIV and AIDS.
Since the event was established in 1991, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has drawn more than 23,000 advocates and raised more than $5.5 million to battle the epidemic. For more information, visit aidsrunwalk.org or call (312) 334-0953.
For information about AIDS Foundation Chicago, visit www.aidschicago.org.