8K to participate in AIDS Walk Run in Balboa Park

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1294534_595961040450463_1174526160_oSAN DIEGO – The 24th annual AIDS Walk & Run will get underway in Balboa Park Sunday to raise money for organizations that provide support to the about 12,500 San Diego County men, women and children with HIV or AIDS and to raise awareness about local testing and treatment resources.

Event organizers expected more than 8,000 individuals and teams, along with representatives from social clubs, local businesses, school, faith organizations and others to participate in the day’s events and to remember those who have lost their lives to the disease.

An opening ceremony is scheduled before the races begin with a Zumba Fitness warm up, performances by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and DJ Sandra Ware, and the unfolding of the AIDS quilt. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and Interim Mayor Todd Gloria are scheduled to attend, according to event organizers.

The USA Track and Field-certified 10K run will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K walk at 8:30 a.m. Dozens of teams were signed up for the events, with a few pledging more than $10,000.

Atkins and City Councilman David Alvarez, who is running for mayor, were scheduled to race with the Democrats for Equality team.

A “Street Challenge” obstacle course with costumed participants at Marston Point is also on the agenda, according to event organizers.

A health and wellness fair will also be held, as will a survivors exhibit and a memorial garden where attendees can view portions of the AIDS quilt.

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