Up to 15,000 runners and walkers are expected to stride along the Charles River Esplanade in June for Boston’s 28th annual AIDS Walk and 5k Run.
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is hosting its annual fundraiser Sunday, June 2 and expects to raise about $1 million from participants.
“The money raised by AIDS Walk and 5K Run participants is critical to our ability to connect people with health care, peer support, counseling, free HIV testing, housing and fuel assistance, and legal services,” Rebecca Haag, president and CEO of AIDS Action, said in a statement about the organization’s largest annual fundraiser.
Participants can either walk a 6.2-mile path or run in the competitive 5K that is fully sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association
Walkers pay no registration fee and runners pay a $25 registration fee to participate in the 5k. Participants do not have to meet a minimum fundraising requirement, but will able to fundraise through an application installed on their Facebook page.
Walkers raised approximately $25,000 in donations through Facebook last year.
“Since 1999, we have helped reduce new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts by 53 percent. This means that nearly 6,000 people who might otherwise have become HIV positive have remained negative, and the state will save more than $2 billion in HIV-related health care costs,” said Haag, who walks walks each year and contributes to every AIDS Action employee who walks or runs.
The AIDS Walk & 5K Run will begin and end at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade Registration and check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. and the 5K Run begins at 9:50 a.m.
WCVB-TV Eye Opener Newscaster Randy Price will emcee the event, which also includes a Wellness Festival. Participants can register for the AIDS Walk & 5K Run online.
Macy’s, Bristol-Myers Squibb, EMD Serono, Whole Foods Market, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, Eastern Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, PharmaHealth Pharmacy, Jet Blue, and Polar Seltzer are all sponsoring the event and WCVB-TV 5 and El Planeta are media sponsors.
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