Walk to End HIV, formerly AIDS Walk Washington, is a fundraising walk and 5K timed run benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Health. Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community based health organization which provides dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
After 27 years of walking to raise money for HIV/AIDS care and research, AIDS Walk Washington became the Walk to End HIV in 2014. Although the name of the Walk has changed, the funds raised will continue to benefit the HIV programs and services of Whitman-Walker Health along with over 20 community partners who provide critical services in and around the D.C. Metropolitan area. Furthermore, the elements of the Walk that memorialize those we have lost to AIDS will remain.
We wanted to add an empowering, fun and exciting new element to this year’s Walk, and the superhero theme is just that. Our advertising campaign called “Superheroes Don’t Fly, They Walk to End HIV” features six Whitman-Walker staff of a variety of professional and personal backgrounds in costumes because we want to emphasize that everyone has a role to play in the fight against HIV in D.C. The theme sends the message that even if you don’t literally have superpowers, you can be a superhero in your own special way.
No! But you are encouraged to, and there will be a prize awarded at the end of the event for best costume.
There is significant stigma associated with the term AIDS, and this stigma serves as a significant barrier to testing, prevention, and keeping people in care. Historically the term AIDS was about a plague that we had no answers for, it meant almost certain death for those diagnosed. Thankfully, this has changed dramatically over the past three decades. Now, addressing the HIV epidemic is about caring for the health and well-being of the whole person. We also know that with increased testing and treatment we can prevent HIV infections. So changing the name of our signature Walk is a statement of hope and optimism. It is an attempt to move away from the stigma that surrounds AIDS. It is also a way to focus attention on getting us to that ultimate finish line - providing care for all who are HIV-positive and getting to zero new infections. Even without a cure or vaccine, through testing, early detection, and a comprehensive care plan, we know we can get there.
The latest data released by D.C.'s Department of Health indicates that the number of people who progress to AIDS here in the District has declined dramatically in recent years. Of course, the HIV epidemic is by no means over, and we continue to see far too many new infections and, even here in Washington, D.C., continue to lose people to AIDS. But the contours of the epidemic have changed significantly. Now, HIV-positive people who are in care can and do live healthy and normal lives. There are thousands of HIV-positive patients at Whitman-Walker who are thriving. So taking all this into consideration, we feel confident in saying that creating an AIDS-free city is possible, as is continued progress in moving toward ending HIV.
Walk to End HIV will take place the morning of Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Walk to End HIV begins and ends at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue at 13th Street, NW).
The course for the timed run / walk is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
The best way to get to Walk to End HIV is via Metro. The most convenient stations are Federal Triangle (Blue / Orange lines) and Metro Center (Orange / Blue / Red lines). There is no designated event parking and street parking in the area is limited. For point-to-point directions and updated service advisories, please visit www.wmata.com. Please allow additional travel time to reach Freedom Plaza. Trains will run less frequently due to weekend schedules and there may be unexpected delays due to construction.
What is the schedule of events for Saturday, October 24?
The schedule for Walk to End HIV is as follows:
- 7:00 am Day-of registration (walk only) and donation drop-off; t-shirt /incentive item distribution, team sign pick-up and runner services begin.
- 8:15 am Pre-event rally and stage program begins
- 9:15 am Timed run starts promptly followed by Walk step-off
- 10:00 am Closing celebration and stage program
Is there a cost to participate?
There is a registration fee (which helps cover the cost of the event). Rates are as follows:
Student / Senior Walk Registration $15
General Walk Registration $25
Sleep Walker Registration $40
Timed Run Registration $35
I'm going to be out of town on October 24. How can I still help out?
Register as a Sleep Walker! A Sleep Walker is someone who either won't be available to participate or who would just prefer to sleep in on October 24. Sleep Walkers will receive their commemorative event t-shirt by mail and will still receive the same level of support for their fundraising efforts as any other registered participant should they choose to raise money for Walk to End HIV.
Do I need to raise a minimum amount in order to participate?
You do not need to raise any amount above your registration fee in order to participate. We do, however, strongly encourage you to fundraise as the money raised supports the HIV/AIDS programs of Whitman-Walker Health.
Is there a donation deadline?
We will continue to accept donations (online, checks and cash) for Walk to End HIV through December 31, 2015. Donations will continue to be attributed to participant accounts.
If someone wants to donate by personal check, who should the check be made payable to?
Checks should be made payable to "Whitman-Walker Health" with a notation of "Walk" and participant name in the memo field.
Where do I send donations made by check?
Checks should be sent to:
Walk to End HIV
1701 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Please make sure there is a donation form attached so we know to post the donation to your
What is a Matching Gift Program?
Many companies today will match your fundraising dollar with every dollar. It's a great way to effectively double your fundraising efforts. If your company doesn't currently match funds, ask your company's Human Resources manager if they will start a program. You would be surprised how many companies add this program annually as an employee benefit program.
Where does the money raised by the event go?
All money raised goes to support the HIV/AIDS programs and services of Whitman-Walker Health.
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit, community-based provider of health care and social services in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Whitman-Walker offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention and testing; legal services; and medical adherence case management. Whitman-Walker Health is committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Are there prizes awarded to top fundraisers?
Yes - there are rewards for all your hard work in raising money! The incentive levels are as follows:
Raise $250 + Receive commemorative Walk to End HIV sunglasses!
Raise $500 + Receive a commemorative Walk to End HIV umbrella!
Raise $1,000 + Become a Capital Walker / Runner and receive the above commemorative items plus a special Walk technical shirt, and additional recognition.
Raise more than $2,500 and receive all of the above plus an entry into a drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree at Mitchell + Gold!
Can I pick up my t-shirt (and incentive items, if applicable) in advance?
Yes! Walkers can avoid the lines by picking up items in advance:
Thursday, October 22
5 PM - 7 PM
Whitman-Walker Health Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center
1701 14th Street, NW (corner of 14th and R Streets, NW)
Please enter from the rear of the building via the alley between R Streets and Riggs Rd. The entrance is just off Riggs.
Team captains or a designee are eligible to pick up all items for their team - please inform your team members if you are doing so to avoid confusion.
Runners: Please see below for information specific to registered participants in the 5K timed run.
I can’t pick up my t-shirt and incentive items in advance. Can I pick them up on the day of event?
Yes, t-shirts and incentive items will be distributed beginning at 7:30 am on Saturday, October 24. T-shirts and incentives can be picked up at the "REGISTRATION" tent located on Freedom Plaza. Team captains or a designee are eligible to pick up all items for their team - please inform your team members if you are doing so to avoid confusion.
I'm registered for the timed run. When and where can I pick up my bib?
Runners can pick up their bib, t-shirts and other items prior to the event:
Friday, October 23
11 AM - 3 PM
4 PM - 7 PM
1821 14th Street, NW
See the 5K Timed Run
section for additional important updated information.
Are strollers permitted and are pets permitted on the Walk route?
Yes! We encourage you to attend with all members of your family no matter how young! Our event is also pet-friendly and we'll even have water bowls along the route. We just ask that you keep your pet on a leash for the duration of the event and clean up any mess they may leave. Neither strollers nor pets are permitted in the timed run.
What is a team?
Teams are made up of individuals from companies, civic organizations, schools, families and friends. Any group of people who want to help fight HIV/AIDS can form a team. Teams can range in size from two to more than 250. Teams that have 10 or more registered participants by October 10 will qualify for a team sign which can be picked up the morning of the event. See our Start a Team
page for tips on starting a team, recruiting team members and more.
What are my responsibilities as Captain of a Team?
Team Captains recruit other participants to join their team, distribute promotional materials and serve as a role-model for fundraising. View / Download the Team Captain Manual
for great tips to help you make a great team captain.
How do I become a Capital Walker / Runner?
A Capital Walker / Runner is a Walk to End HIV participant who sets their fundraising goal at $1,000 or higher. Anyone can enroll in the program! See our Be a Capital Walker / Runner
page for more information.
How do I become a Walk to End HIV sponsor?
Sponsors are a key part of the success of Walk to End HIV. View/download our Sponsorship Opportunities
package for more information.
What is the Community Partner Program?
Walk to End HIV invites DC-area HIV/AIDS service organizations to join this year's Walk as a Community Partner and keep half the money they raise. Participating organizations must be a local non-profit with HIV/AIDS care, education or prevention as a prominent component of their mission or programs. See our Community Partners Program
page for more information.
What is the Legal Community AIDS Taskforce (LCAT)?
Every year, prominent Washington law firms and others in the legal community work together in the Legal Community AIDS Taskforce to raise much-needed funds for Whitman-Walker Health's Legal Service's Program, which provides pro bono legal services to more than a thousand people living with HIV/AIDS. Please contact Lee Brubaker, Legal Services Operations Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 939-7627 for more information.
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