Participants of a previous AIDS Run & Walk. Credit: Provided.

CHICAGO — AIDS Foundation Chicago is discounting the entry fee for its 30th annual AIDS Run & Walk for one day next week to encourage people to sign up for the October fundraiser.

For 24 hours starting 12:01 a.m. July 24, registration for the 5K walk and run and 10K run will be $24. The deal will run the entire day and requires no promo code. It normally costs $40 to participate in the 10K and $30 for the 5K, according to an AIDS Foundation news release.

You can register online.

The event at Soldier Field will benefit the AIDS Foundation and 25 other groups through the CommunityDirect grant program, including the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health. Since 2005, the grants have supported organizations providing essential programs and services to Chicagoans living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, according to the AIDS Foundation.

All the organizations are also working with Getting to Zero, a statewide initiative to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Illinois by 2030. 

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be multiple ways for people to participate in and support the event:

  • In person Oct. 2 at Soldier Field: The traditional 5K, 10K and 5K Walk and Roll are open for pre-registration now through Sept. 27.
  • At Your Own Pace, At Your Own Place: Participants will be able to choose to start and complete their race at a location other than Soldier Field using RunGo, a smartphone app.
  • Stay-at-Home Supporter: Participants can register for free and fundraise (minimum of $50 required) from afar for the cause.

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