AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Kicks Off October 2, 2021

Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago kicks off on Saturday, October 2, 2021, offering participants both in-person and virtual ways of raising funds. The event benefits AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) and community beneficiaries from AFC’s more than thirty CommunityDirect partners in their efforts to create healthcare equity and justice as well as to raise awareness and funds for individuals who are living with or vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. In recognition of the havoc wreaked on the most vulnerable communities by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s theme, Forward Together, reflects AFC’s aspiration to move beyond COVID and focus on what we need to do to create a better future for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Also in deference to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are offering walkers and runners three ways to participate in the event:

In-person at Soldier Field on October 2: Participants have the option of participating in three unique courses (Walk or Roll Course, 5K Run Course and 10K Run Course) along the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Pre-registration is now open for the 5K Walk or Roll and the 5K and 10K Runs through September 27. Registration will be available on-site; the event is ADA-accessible. Participants should arrive at 9:00 a.m. for the 9:30 opening ceremonies and the 10:35 start of the runs/walk.

At Your Own Pace, At Your Own Place: Participants may to choose to start and complete their race at a location other than Soldier Field using RunGo, a virtual smartphone app.

Stay-at-Home Supporter: Participants can register for free and fundraise (minimum of $50 required) from afar for the cause.

An annual fundraising event since 1991, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has drawn more than 23,000 advocates and raised more than $5.5 million to battle the pandemic.

For more information, to register for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, or simply to donate to AFC, log on to

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.