“Stand With Us,” the 31st annual Walk/Run to End HIV is Saturday, Oct. 28 starting and ending at Freedom Plaza at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th St., N.W.
Check-in begins at 7 a.m. The 5k begins at 9:15 a.m. The walk begins at 9:20. Post-event activities start at 10.
Packet pick-up is Friday, Oct. 27 between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Pacers (1821 14th St., N.W.) so participants will have their T-shirts ahead of time. If unable to do so, T-shirts will also be available at Freedom Plaza.
Although online registration has closed, runners can register in person at Pacers or on site starting at 7 a.m.
Both individuals and teams may participate. Top teams so far this year include Team PwC with $14,458 raised, Gilead Sciences with $50,000 raised and Whitman-Walker Health with $66,988 raised. Top-raising individuals are Kevin Waldorf-Cruz with $5,198, Dave Kirkland with $8,500 and Randy Pumphrey with $8,825 raised as of Wednesday.
At last year’s event, held Nov. 12, 2016, about $715,000 was raised and about 3,200 walkers and runners participated. Whitman-Walker officials say they’re on track to get similar numbers this year. Proceeds have held steady in that range for about the last five years, Whitman-Walker officials said.
“The Walk & 5k to End HIV is Whitman-Walker’s largest annual fundraiser,” said David Mallory, director of annual giving for Whitman-Walker Health. “The generosity of the community through supporting the walk allows us to continue to provide critical and lifesaving HIV care to thousands.”
On both Saturday and Sunday, a Brunch to End HIV will also be held for the second year. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds both days to Whitman-Walker. Participating restaurants include the Lincoln, Quarter+Glory, Shaw’s Tavern, Teddy & the Bully Bar, Dirty Habit, Declaration, Exiles, Brabo and Compass Rose.
Whitman-Walker offers high-quality, culturally competent health care in Washington with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. Full details at walktoendhiv.org.