If you’re looking for a great opportunity to enjoy the Spring weather, get some exercise and support a very worthwhile cause at the same time, there's no better event than the annual Aids Walk & Run in Boston. The Walk & Run are held on the first Sunday in June each year at the Charles River Esplanade, with a post-event Wellness Festival taking place at the Hatch Shell lawn. This year's Walk & Run will take place on Sunday June 2, 2019. Registration begins at 7:30 am at the Hatch Shell.
The 5k Run (3.1 miles) starts at 9:50 am. The course is from the Hatch Shell west along the Esplanade for about 2.5 kilometers, then crosses over to the island and returns east for the same distance. The 5k Run is a timed, competitive event sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association, with awards presented to the winners after the race at the Hatch Shell. All participants receive a branded Aids Walk & Run cinch bag. The 5k Run honors Larry Kesler, the charity's founding Director.
The Aids Walk begins at 10:00 am, and follows the same course as the 5k Run. Walkers are encouraged to form teams of participants, which can be anywhere from two people to 2,000, and comprised of friends, colleagues, classmates or any other group that wishes to get together, have fun and raise money for a good cause.
An integral part of the day is the Wellness Festival, a post-walk celebration of healthy living that opens at 10:30 am. The aim of the Festival is to provide an interactive opportunity for visitors to learn how to maximize their well-being and achieve a healthy lifestyle, which helps to prevent disease. A variety of businesses promoting a healthy lifestyle occupy stalls and stands, and healthy food samples are also available from vendors that attend the Festival each year. The Closing Ceremonies start at 12:30 pm.
The Aids Walk & 5k Run is organized by the AIDS Action Committee (AAC) of Massachusetts and has been held in Boston every year since 1986. This family-friendly event is a popular way for the community to come together to raise money and raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.
HIV is a preventable disease and AAC works hard to provide innovative programs and services to help stop the spread of this modern-day epidemic. The charity also benefits those already living with and affected by HIV/AIDs; not only sufferers themselves, but their families and the community as a whole who are impacted by the disease.
Whether you are a walker, runner, or supporter, the annual Aids Walk & Run is a community-oriented great day out for everyone, held at a picturesque location, which supports an incredible cause.
Boston Aids Walk 5k Run (Hatch Shell Start/End)
Storrow Drive & Mugar Way, Boston, MA