Walk & 5K to End HIV FAQs

What is Walk & 5K to End HIV?

Walk & 5K 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 health center providing culturally competent and accessible care to all with an expertise in HIV care and LGBT care.

What happened to AIDS Walk Washington?

After 27 years of honoring lost loved ones and walking to raise money for HIV/AIDS care and research, AIDS Walk Washington became the Walk & 5K to End HIV in 2014. Although the name of the Walk has changed, the cause is the same. Funds raised continue to benefit Whitman-Walker's HIV programs and services along with a dozen community partners who provide critical services in and around the D.C. Metropolitan area.

Why did the name change?

There is significant stigma associated with the term AIDS, and this stigma serves as a significant barrier to people knowing their status, preventing new infections, and keep those living with HIV in care. Historically, AIDS meant almost certain detah for those diagnosed. But thanks to research and progress over the last 30 years, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. In 2016, an HIV diagnosis can mean "you're going to be ok and live a long life." Now, HIV treatment means achieving viral suppression, or low, undetectable levels of the virus in your body. Changing the name of the Walk is a statement of hope and optimism. It is a forward push to get us to that ultimate finish line of providing care to all who are HIV-positive and getting to zero new infections. Even without a cure or vaccine, through testing, early detection, and acomprehensive care plan, that finish line is within reach.

Are you saying that AIDS is over?

The latest data released by DC'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 locally in DC, domestically and internationally. We 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! AIDS isn't over, but an AIDS-free, virally suppressed city is possible.


When is the 2016 Walk & 5K to End HIV?

Walk & 5K to End HIV will take place the morning of Saturday, November 12. All participant services including same-day registration begin at 7 AM.

Where does the event take place?

The Walk & 5K to End HIV begins and ends at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue at 13th Street, NW).

How long is the course?

The course for the timed run / walk is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

What is the route for the timed run and walk?

View or download the route map.

Will the event be cancelled in the case of bad weather?

No!  The Walk & 5K to End HIV will take place rain or shine. Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Visit NBC 4 Weather for updated event forecast.

What is the best way to get to the event?

The best way to get to Walk & 5K 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, November 12?

The schedule for Walk to End HIV is as follows:
  • 7:00 am Day-of registration 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 The closing celebration and stage program begins!

Is there a cost to participate?

There is a participant registration fee which helps cover the cost of the Walk & 5K. Rates are as follows:
Student / Senior Walk Registration $15
General Walk Registration $25
Sleep Walker Registration $40
Timed Run Registration $35

When and where can I pick up my Walk t-shirt?

Walkers are encouraged to pick up their t-shirt during our early distribution:
Thursday, November 10
6 PM - 8 PM
Whitman-Walker Health Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center
1701 14th Street, NW (corner of 14th and R Streets, NW)
Washington, DC  20009
If you're unable to pick your t-shirt up in advance, you can pick it up on-site the morning of the event beginning at 7 AM.
Team captains are encouraged to pick up t-shirts for all of their Walk registrants during the early distribution.

I'm participating in the 5K Timed Run - when and where can I pick up my bib and t-shirt?

Registered runners are encouraged to pick up their bib and t-shirt during our advance packet pick-up:
Friday, November 11
11 AM - 7 PM
1821 14th Street, NW
Washington DC  20009


Additional 5K Timed Run details are available here.

I'm going to be out of town on November 12. 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 November 12. 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 the Walk & 5K 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 Whitman-Walker Health's HIV programs and services.

Is there a donation deadline?

Whitman-Walker will continue to accept online, check and cash donations for Walk & 5K to End HIV through December 31, 2016. 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 & 5K 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
participant account.

What is a Matching Gift Program?

Many companies today will match your fundraising dollars! 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'd surprised how many companies annually add "matching gifts" 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 health center 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 dedicated to providing culturally competent care to all with an expertise in HIV care and LGBT care.

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?

The Walk & 5K to End HIV invites DC-area HIV service organizations to join this year's Walk & 5K as a Community Partner and keep half the money they raise. Participating organizations must be a local non-profit with HIV 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 Campaign (LCC)?

Every year, prominent Washington law firms and other legal community members work together in the Legal Community Campaign to raise much-needed funds for Whitman-Walker Health's Legal Service's Program. Our legal services program provides pro bono legal services to more than a thousand people living with HIV in the DC area. Please contact Lee Hicks, Legal Services Operations Director at lhicks@whitman-walker.org or (202) 939-7627 for more information.
For questions that are not listed here, please contact us at 202.332.WALK or walktoendhiv@whitman-walker.org
For media inquires, please contact Devin Barrington-Ward via e-mail or at (202) 797-3514

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