AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Nears

Wed. August 15, 2007 12:00 AM

September 15 event benefits AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Chicago, IL - AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, one of the city's most high-profile annual events that raises money to combat HIV/AIDS, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, at Columbus and Balbo in Grant Park. Proceeds benefit the grant-making program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

In addition to a 5K run and a 5K walk, the event will also feature a "Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle Village," sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Village will feature product samplings, service demonstrations and information about HIV/AIDS-related services and volunteer opportunities with local AIDS service providers and other organizations.

Among the musical entertainment before the run & walk start will be 15-year-old Houston hop-hop artist J Xavier (debut album: "Young Prince of Tha South") who recently toured with acclaimed R&B/pop singer Chris Brown.

The musical prodigy has also been very active in efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among youth and, for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, has been working closely with AFC to encourage the participation of teams from local high schools. His efforts include personal visits to several schools in the week preceding the run/walk. There will also be other pre-event, course route and post-event musical entertainment.

Since it was established in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has netted more than $1 million to battle the epidemic. Registration cost is $20 in advance; $25 on-site. Registration materials and more information can be obtained by visiting or calling 312.334.0946.

To facilitate the money-raising process it's not too late for individuals and teams can also create personal fundraising pages at the event's website,, where friends, family and co-workers can make pledges.