October 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Walk to End HIV slated for Saturday
AIDS Walk, gay news, Washington Blade

The Walk/Run to End HIV is Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

“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.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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