The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns to Chicago's Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 30 to help create equity and justice across Chicagoland and raise awareness and funds for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
Funds raised benefit 25+ community organizations providing essential services to individuals living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
More than 25 organizations that are part of the AIDS Foundation Chicago CommunityDirect program will benefit from the funds raised. The initiative provides unrestricted financial support (up to 92% of funds raised by teams) to organizations that provide essential human and health programs and services many of the organizations serve predominately Black and Brown communities. Since 2005, AFC has returned more than $3 million in funds to participating service providers.
The event takes place at Soldier Field Green (1410 Museum Campus Dr.
Learn more about the CommunityDirect program and this year's recipients here: www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/jvsdfjpekk0szxsmjf4ko/CD-Teams-for-PCI.pdf .
9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies Begin
10:30 AM 5K/10K Run begins
10:45 AM 5K Walk & Roll begins
12:00 PM Closing Ceremonies commence
1:0 PM Event Concludes
Mayor Brandon Johnson, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Senator Mike Simmons, Congressman Mike Quigley, and other elected officials will be speaking and in attendance.
The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and the Lakeside Pride Marching Band will perform. Plus, free McDonald's breakfast and the return of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. A full list of entertainment is available here.
About AIDS Run & Walk Chicago
"Show up, Show Out" is this year's theme to encourage the Chicagoland community to show up and show out in their most authentic self to mobilize for equity and justice for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS in Illinois
There are a variety of ways interested participants can register for this year's event: including:
In-person at Soldier Field
o The traditional 5K, 10K and 5K Walk and Roll
Participants can register for free and fundraise (min. of $50 required) from afar for the cause.
About AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)
For more than 36 years, AFC has led the fight to create health equity and justice for people living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS. AFC brings together service providers and funders to develop systems that meet the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and to maximize the use of scarce resources. AFC is committed to working with policymakers and service providers to increase funding for prevention services and programs that work.
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. AFC aspires to create a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. More at: www.aidschicago.org/ .