Why they run for HIV/AIDS awareness — and why you should, too
How many reasons are there to join 3,500 other people in Sunday’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago? Probably as many reasons as there are steps taken to run or walk 5 kilometers — or even 10 kilometers!
But the biggest reason is this: If you register to participate before 9 a.m. on Sept. 14, you can join 3,500 other runners, walkers and volunteers who are coming together from across the Chicago metropolitan area to say, “We stand with people living with HIV/AIDS.”
And they’re not only raising awareness — this year’s participants hope to raise $400,000 for 32 local health organizations that provide housing, care, case management, insurance assistance and advocacy in our state capitol for people living with HIV/AIDS.
If that’s not reason enough, here are three seasoned participants in AIDS Run & Walk Chicago who can tell you why they run:
“I run a lot of races, and the most important one for me is the AIDS Run & Walk. Last year’s race marked the tenth year of being HIV-positive. I was really emotional throughout the race because I kept thinking about where I was ten years ago and where I am today.” — Armando Ramirez
Like a race, the fight to end AIDS isn’t over ‘till it’s over
But why run for HIV/AIDS? Isn’t that … an 80s thing? Hasn’t it been cured already?
In fact, the fight to end this epidemic is far from over. Right now, 25,000 Chicagoans live with HIV or AIDS, and one in five of those people don’t even know they’re HIV-positive.
We now have lifesaving medicine that can manage the disease and empower HIV-positive people to live long and healthy lives. There’s even a pill that can be taken every day by someone who’s HIV-negative that can prevent HIV infection upwards of 90 percent.
But in order to help vulnerable people get access to these life-changing medications, they need help from organizations like the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (which coordinates the event, along with Special Events Management) and the 31 other HIV/AIDS organizations that hope to raise $400,000 through AIDS Run & Walk Chicago.
All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other along Chicago’s Lake Shore Path on Sunday to help someone living with HIV/AIDS do the same.
Need more reasons to run? Follow #aidsrunwalkchicago on Instagram and Twitter to see why other people participate in this event. Can’t make it? Donate today to a friend at aidsrunwalk.org.
See you there!
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The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival™ presented by MasterCard will return to North Michigan Avenue August 22 through September 1, 2014. This is a 10-day celebration that will fuse fashion, food, and Fitness in Chicago’s popular shopping district along Michigan Avenue.
The festival will be anchored by three major events over two weekends including, for the first time ever, “pop-up” shopping along The Magnificent Mile; the return of “A Magnificent Taste;” and the premier of The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K over Labor Day weekend.
Daily Event Details:
A Magnificent Taste, Friday, August 22
This year’s celebrity headliner is Chef Sam Talbot, former “Fan Favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef and one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” On Friday August 22nd, “A Magnificent Taste,” is ideal for the Chicago foodie, the thee-hour, ticketed event will give guests the opportunity to sample gourmet bites and craft cocktails from 15 of Chicago’s popular and award-winning restaurants including Allium, Travelle, Bub City and the Lobby at the Peninsula—plus sweet treats from Magnolia Bakery and Argo Tea.
ShopFest, Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24
During ShopFest, North Michigan Avenue turns inside out along the street, as retailers greet shoppers with “pop-up” displays and interactive experiences from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day. Some of the retailers include major brands such as Macy’s and American Girl Place who will be right in front of Water Tower Place, just to name a few. Don’t get to caught up in shopping alone because Southwest Airlines presents Andy Grammer live in concert at the John Hancock Center plaza at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 23. The event is FREE and open to the public. The concert will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the singer-songwriter at Water Tower Place at 2:00pm.
The Mag Mile Chicago Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K, Sunday, August 31
The following weekend, Fleet Feet Sports-Chicago will have over 7,000 runners takeover the streets for The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half-Marathon & 5K on Sunday.
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Hello, I’m Jane Ehrenstrom, a local Chicagoan with a heartfelt request for your support of a very worthy cause – the PurpleStride-Chicago 5K on April 26th, sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
My brother, Curt Ehrenstrom, was one of 10 teachers in 2013 awarded the Golden Apple, a prestigious honor bestowed for excellence in teaching. As a physics teacher and coach at Mt. Carmel High School on the city’s south side for 30 years, Coach E – as he’s known at school – is respected and loved by his students.
Shortly after this happy day, Curt was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, the 4th deadliest cancer with, at best, only 6% of those afflicted surviving 5 years. Our mother also passed away from this insidious disease in the late 80’s. Pancreatic Cancer research is the most underfunded of all cancer studies, which most likely contributes to the mortality rate. While we all took the news hard, Curt continues to have one of the most positive outlooks in life – my sister says he’s pathologically affable (as this great image shows).
A glimpse into my brother’s hilarious and irreverent sense of humor can be seen in this video that Mt. Carmel prepared to honor (roast) Coach E for the Golden Apple Award.
By this time, Curt was feeling pretty poorly, but Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, Mt. Carmel High School’s President and former student of Curt, got him down to school where he discovered all the students assembled and clothed in t-shirts printed on the front with “Coach E = MC,” and on the back, “Lead like Coach E.” Mt. Carmel gave one to each of our family members as well.
My brother Curt is a treasure. He’s more than an award-winning teacher and coach. Curt is a husband, father of 4, brother to 7 siblings, brother-in-law, cousin, nephew, uncle and friend to many. We had to do something. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Annually, they hold a 5K, called PurpleStride, across several geographies as a major source of fundraising for Research, Patient Services, Community Outreach and Government Affairs and Advocacy programs. We formed a team called Coach E’s Odd Squad. We are 88 members strong and growing, and have raised more than $25,000 to date!
We have only 9 days left. PurpleStride-Chicago is being held on April 26, 2014 kicks-off at 8:30 at Montrose Harbor with registration. About 1 in 78 people risk being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and my brother, family, and I know that we and all those affected would appreciate any help you can give towards this fight. Please help raise funds for research and more to help double the pancreatic cancer survival rate and help my brother, Coach E. Just click on Coach E’s Odd Squad to donate.
Jane Ehrenstrom, Coach E’s Odd Squad Team Captain and Curt’s grateful sister
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Pull the jogging stroller out of the back of your closet, wipe the baby spit off your exercise clothes, pack some snacks for the kids and let’s run! Come join fellow Chicagoans and Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) on October 28th for the Strollers in Front 5K Walk & Run at Montrose Harbor.
Finally, a race that doesn’t stick you in the back just because you have kids! Instead, we’re celebrating healthy families with a family-friendly 5K Walk & Run, Kids Dash and a truly spooky-free, Halloween-themed family festival. It’s the first 5K designed especially for you. The Strollers in Front 5K boasts portapotties big enough for a parent and kid to fit in together, nursing stations and even a diaper changing station. Plus, there will be loads of fun activities to keep your kids entertained.
One hundred percent of your fundraising efforts, and a portion of the event net proceeds, will benefit NPN. NPN connects families from all over Chicago with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. Giving parents everything they need in the city since 1980!
Melissa from MIX 101.9’s Eric and Kathy show will be there with her son to emcee the event. We’ll also be joined by these great local businesses: Time Out Chicago Kids, CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association), Urba Baby, Growing Smiles, Little Beans Café and Universal Sole.
Walk, run, toddle, and giggle all the way to the must-visit Finish Line Festival. Register here ! PLUS all registrants get FREE access to Little Beans Café play space with their registration receipt, AND the unmatched family-friendly goody bags!
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The Pretty Muddy women’s mud run is arriving in Chicago on Saturday, September 15th at Pretty Muddy Farms in Orland Park. And if you hurry, you can register before the event sells out! What can you expect? A women-only event featuring obstacles, great activities, a pretty awesome after party and yes, the opportunity to get muddy.
The event isn’t time nor is it competitive, so definitely open to women at all athletic levels…this 5K run has a little bit of a twist, or shall we say…mud. As an added bonus Pretty Muddy is working with the Circle of Friends for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. They will be donating $5.00 for each non-discounted registration to the organization as well a donating $5.00 for those using Lurie’s special registration link. To find out more info click here .
Hope Bertram, the Founder and CEO of Digital Megaphone, shares her experience with us:
“The event is the perfect way to get out of the city, pull your hair back, put on that extra pair of sweats and t-shirt you were ready to give away and have a good time with your girlfriends while helping an amazing cause.”
Hope you can join us!
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Watch out! This summer GIRLS really will run the world! On June 9th at 8:30 a.m., 13,000 participants, 3,000 spectators and 500 volunteers will come out to Soldier Field for the Girls on the Run 5k run and walk.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop confidence, character and healthy lifestyles through running. Girls on the Run-Chicago produces the largest girl-centered 5k races in the country- now there’s a whole lot of girl power! The 5k event is the culminating achievement for these girls who have participated in a 12-week after-school training program that takes place at more than 200 schools across Chicagoland. This program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a curriculum which creatively integrates running. This year, more than 1,000 coaches will mentor these 7,000 girls.
I’m a volunteer coach at Dewey Elementary School in Evanston and I have to say that GOTR practice is the highlight of my week. The passion that these girls have come to show for the program, for representing their school, for each other, and for themselves is incredibly uplifting and gratifying. Each week we tackle issues stemming from the topics of body image, gossiping, confidence, community service and teamwork- then we get outside and run! The program includes girls of different ages and abilities, yet every runner walks away from practice feeling a sense of overwhelming accomplishment.
I can tell you, my runners can’t wait to show off everything they’ve learned- for them, the 5k event really is their chance to shine. So come out to Soldier Field and see what they’ve got! A pre-race rally that includes GOTR cheers, face painting and tiara decorating will take place as well as a finish line festival with great food, games and sponsor giveaways. American Girl Place will also be hosting a pre-5k dinner on Friday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 8:15 a.m.
Hopefully I’ll see you there!!
By: Lauren Neuschel
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Any Chicagoan will tell you, it’s not a spring or summer holiday if it doesn’t have its own 5k race. I think Juneteenth even put in their bid to CARA for a 5k to get the official status…kidding of course. We like to run, and we like to let people know we run, it’s that whole Chicago pride thing, and I can respect that. Well if all you joggers, runners, and aggressive morning CTA station speed walkers had your eyes peeled for the inevitable Easter 5k …look no further!
The 2nd Annual Bunny Rock 5k is presented by Adrenaline Sports Management, and it is far from your average weekend running event. Expected to add some additional excitement to the notable feat, this run features Chicago’s own 80’s Rock Music rockin’ throughout the course and runners also receive a pair of bunny ears, party sunglasses, and a custom Bunny Rock dri-fit shirt. Naturally, in the Easter spirit, an egg hunt, petting zoo, and Easter bunny photos are all set up to entertain the families and support of the runners. This spring filled, fun jumpstart to this summer’s running season sounds like the perfect way to start your Easter morning. It’s this Saturday, April 7th at 9am, at the Montrose Harbor in Chicago, IL. For all the info and to register just click here!