Sunday, May 17, 2015
8:00 am - AIDS Walk Registration and Pledge Drop-Off opens
9:00 am - Park tents open and HIV Testing begins
10:30 am - Opening Ceremony and Entertainment
11:00 am - Minnesota AIDS Walk
Minnehaha Park is located at 4801 Minnehaha Ave S. This is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, north of Highway 62/Crosstown and south of Lake Street. Get directions here.
The 10 kilometers/6.2 miles AIDS Walk crosses the Mississippi River into St. Paul, follows it back down to the Ford Parkway Bridge, and crosses back into Minneapolis by Minnehaha Park. The AIDS Walk usually takes about 2.5 hours to complete. There are six rest stops along the route, each with refreshments, rest rooms, and first aid kits. Walking with your dog but concerned about the distance? There's also a 2-mile walking route looping along the Minneapolis side, perfect for smaller and older dogs.
Please refer to the park and route maps for the location of tents. Participants will be given a copy of the maps upon arrival.
Registration and Incentive Prizes
Walkers turn in their pledges inside the Registration Tent. Donations from non-registered participants may be accepted here as well. Incentive prizes will also be available at the Registration Tent.
HIV Testing and Education
Minnesota AIDS Project will be providing free HIV tests and counseling for all attendees in the HIV Testing tent. There will also be an HIV Education tent to test your HIV knowledge and give you a chance to learn more about the work being done by Minnesota AIDS Project.
All Junior Walkers (ages 12 & under) must register with their parents at the Registration Pavilion. After they register, we encourage kids to check out the Family Tent for fun activities.
After dropping off donations and picking up incentive prizes at the Registration Tent, AIDS Walk teams should head to the Teams Tent to get their team picture taken. All team captains should check in at the Teams Tent. Only teams that check in at the Teams Tent will have their free team photo taken.
Pet Area and Walk
Bringing your pooch? We'll have a dedicated pet area with water and treats for your four-legged friend, plus two walking routes: the regular 6.2 mile walk for serious canine athletes and a shorter 2-mile trip for everyone else. Make sure Fido walks in style by ordering a limited-edition MN AIDS Walk Paws for a Cause bandana, just $10 a pop and proceeds benefit Minnesota AIDS Project!
After Party After partying in the park with a special finish line celebration, join us at Union (on Hennepin Ave) for the after-after party. Walkers in their 2015 MN AIDS Walk t-shirts will receive 15% off their food bill and drink specials from 2-8pm. Dancing optional but highly recommended.