Official AIDS Walk & Run San Diego Event Guide
Published Thursday, 23-Sep-2010 in issue 1187
You can fast track your AIDS Walk & Run experience by turning in the funds you’ve raised at one of our pre-event collection events:
Thurs., Sept. 23, 4-8pm
Fri., Sept. 24, 4-8pm
Sat., Sept. 25, noon-4pm
Early registration will take place at The San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St., San Diego, CA 92103. For more information call (619) 291-WALK (9255).
NEW! 10K AIDS Run participants can pickup race packets and bibs on Sat., Sept. 25 from noon-4pm at The Center, 3909 Centre St., or at AIDS Run Registration in Balboa Park, located on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Quince, from 6-8am on Sun., Sept. 26.
Day of event registration is welcome for both the Walk and the Run! Please have your $35 registration fee ($25 for youth 17 and under and those 60 and older) in cash or with a check made payable to AIDS Walk San Diego. All registrants will receive the official AIDS Walk & Run San Diego T-shirt.
21st Annual AIDS Walk & Run Sunday Schedule
Run registration open (Sixth Avenue and Quince)
Walk registration open (Sixth Avenue and Olive)
Extra Mile Club express registration tent open (Sixth and Olive)
Funding recipients tent open
Pet rest zone open sponsored by PAWS/San Diego County
“He Said, She Said” to host AIDS Walk & Run announcements
Opening ceremonies hosted by Matt Johnson, morning reporter for San Diego’s FOX 5 Morning News. Ceremonies will also feature San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, Cheer Elite, Francis Parker School cheerleaders, along with special “Why I Walk Tributes,” including Tish Grabski of Rotary & Friends and Dale Dubach, Chaz Weathers and Ian Johnson from the Martinis Above Fourth team.
Start of 10K run (Sixth Avenue and Quince)
Start of AIDS Walk (Balboa Drive and Quince)
AIDS Walk start announcements and team recognition provided by Sister Iona Dubble-Wyde and “He Said, She Said.”
Post-Walk entertainment provided by DJ Sandra Ware
AIDS Walk & Run festivities end
10K AIDS Run Instructions
Runners should check in at the Run Registration tent located on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Quince in Balboa Park to pick-up your bib and timing chip. Run registration opens at 6am on Sun., Sept. 26. The 10K AIDS Run will start promptly at 8am. There will also be advance packet pick up available on Sat., Sept. 25 from noon-4pm at The Center, 3909 Centre St. AIDS Walk & Run does not offer bag check service.
Please stick around following the run for the presentation of awards to the top three finishers (both male and female) in each age division, and the overall male and female top finishers. The awards will be presented at the main stage.
What to Bring, What to Wear
Print your donation report at www.AIDSWalkSD.org and bring it and all pre-paid donations with you on the morning of the event. Run, Walk and Extra Mile Club Registration Tents will open at 6am. The 5K walk course will take most people an hour and a half to complete.
Upon arriving at Balboa Park, all participants (members of teams included) will check-in at the Run, Walk or Extra Mile Club Registration Tents to turn in any outstanding money and receive their AIDS Walk T-shirt.
Participants turning in $500 or more at registration will also receive their fundraising awards at the Run/Walk Registration Tents.
The Run and Walk Registration Tents will be open from 6-8am, and the Extra Mile Club Tent (for those raising $1,000 or more) will be open from 6-11am.
AIDS Walk will happen rain or shine. Dress in layers as Walk mornings tend to be cool and warm up quickly. Wear sturdy, reliable shoes; flip flops and sandals are not recommended. Apply and reapply sunscreen often.
It’s important to stay hydrated, and Sparkletts Water stations are provided along the route. There will be a light snack, consisting of water and fruit. Please eat breakfast and bring any additional food you may need.
Earn Fundraising Awards
All $35 registrants ($25 for youth and seniors) will receive the official AIDS Walk T-shirt on the morning of the event. Additionally, great awards will be offered to those who turn in the following amounts of money by Sun., Sept. 26.
$500 or more — Official AIDS Walk ball cap, official AIDS Walk T-shirt
$1,000 or more – Invitation to the official San Diego Harbor Excursion Post-Walk Party Cruise, invitation to the Extra Mile Club Express Breakfast & Registration tent the morning of the event, and a gold crown to wear on AIDS Walk & Run Sunday, plus official AIDS Walk ball cap and T-shirt.
These great incentives are available as awards only and will not be sold.
Extra Mile Club Members
As a thank you for raising $1,000 or more, Extra Mile Club Express Breakfast and Registration will enjoy VIP breakfast and exclusive Extra Mile Club check-in at the Extra Mile Club tent, located near Walk and Run Registration on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Olive Street in Balboa Park. Turn in money with ease and pick up your fundraising awards, including your Extra Mile Club gold crown to wear as thank you from us for everything you do!
Upon arriving at Balboa Park, head to Run/Walk Registration, turn in funds and pick-up your AIDS Walk T-shirt and then report to AIDS Walk TeamLand along Sixth Avenue to meet up with your teammates. Volunteers will be available to assist you with locating your team once you have completed the registration process.
Funding Recipients Tent
Visit the Funding Recipients tent on AIDS Walk Sunday and learn more about the outstanding HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs made possible thanks to your efforts at last year’s AIDS Walk & Run.
We encourage you to find an agency that resonates with you and commit to learning how you can help by volunteering and/or making a financial contribution to the organization in the coming year.
Memorial Garden, Path of Remembrance and Altar
One of the most touching parts of AIDS Walk includes the Memorial Garden, where participants will be able to view panels of the AIDS Quilt and other remembrances. Honor the memory of those lost to the pandemic by bringing pictures and memories to add to the altar and path.
Complimentary event parking is available at the Naval Hospital and Balboa Park lots off President’s Way and Park Boulevard. Shuttles run from 4:30am-1pm. The last shuttle leaving Balboa Park will depart at 1pm. Please budget an extra 20 minutes into your schedule when planning to use the complimentary shuttles.
Shuttle stops are located at:
Naval Hospital Parking Lot
President’s Way & Pan Am Rd
Olive Street at Fifth Avenue
Important Parking Note: For event safety and production, there will be no parking on Sixth Avenue from Juniper to University and on Balboa Drive from Upas to Juniper on Sun., Sept. 26. Cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.
AIDS Walk & Run San Diego is committed to recycling at least 50% of our event waste. Help us reach our goal by spreading the word to teammates to look for designated recycling bins when discarding all non-glossy paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard and anything with a CRV code. Thank you for your support of people impacted with HIV/AIDS and your help in making our event more green!
Thank you for your participation AIDS Walk & Run San Diego. You are making a difference for all the men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the San Diego area. We truly appreciate your efforts!