The 32nd annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago took place Sept. 30 from Soldier Field, this year with the motto "Show Up, Show Out."
About 2,500 participantswith a united goal of reaching $500,000 for local organizations assisting Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDSgathered at the south end of the stadium for the event, which each year is organized and sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).
Mayor Brandon Johnson spoke at the event; additional speakers included Ald. Lamont Robinson, state Sen. Mike Simmons and AFC CEO and President John Peller. Award-winning actress and vocalist Donica Lynn, Lakeside Pride Marching Band and Chicago Gay Men's Chorus performed before the race. McDonald's provided breakfasts for participants, who were also given cans of Coors beer after the race. The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile was also on hand for the event, which was emceed by WGN personality Dean Richards.
Johnson said in his comments: "This walk, this run, is making a difference in people's lives. But as you know, as much as this is exciting news, we have a lot of work to do."
Sponsors of the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago include Abbvie, Kraft/Hienz, Aetna Health, U.S. Cellular, Discover, ViiV Healthcare, Gilead, Wendy's, Pepsico, Molson Coors, ITW, McDonald's and WGN.
Donations for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will be accepted up until Nov. 10. For more information on the Chicago AIDS Walk/Run or to donate, go to aidsrunwalk.org .
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago photos by Vern Hester.