On Saturday, September 15, The Big Gay 10K once again makes a splash along the San Francisco waterfront. This is the third year of the event, which is quickly growing in popularity. Race Director Robin Easterbrook tells us why everyone should sign up to participate!
This sounds like such a fun way to support a very important cause.
It's a uniquely San Francisco event benefitting San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which is marking its 30th year of service to our community. It's also accessible to everyone, and we're very proud of that. This is about our colorful community—gay, straight, or anywhere in between—coming together, doing something healthy for themselves, and giving back to their community.
Runners are encouraged to fundraise for the event. Where does the money go?
It supports the free, local programs and services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation at a time when we cannot afford to ease back on our efforts to stop HIV/AIDS. Rates of new HIV infections are still on the rise for gay and bisexual men nationwide, the only risk group for which this is the case. Young gay black men are becoming infected with HIV at three times the rate of their white counterparts. Here in San Francisco, we see one to two new infections every day. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and this race helps the foundation reduce new infections and expand access to care to all people living with HIV/AIDS.
Even for San Francisco, this route is pretty spectacular.
Most definitely! The Big Gay 10K begins and ends at the "Great Gay Meadow" at upper Fort Mason. It is an out-and-back course along San Francisco Bay with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The turnaround takes place at the base of the bridge. The weather is usually perfect in September, so it's a beautiful way to start your weekend!
Why should people register?
Because you won’t find a race that’s more fun, and more inclusive, than The Big Gay 10K. There are people in costumes and drag queens, avid athletes and beginners, and people of all ages. You look around and everyone has a smile on their face. We create an amazing community during this event. Join us. Register today!
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