My major events for the year are complete but there’s still one important run on the agenda: The World AIDS Day Red Run in Victoria Park on 1 December. I did this event last year and I’m excited to do it again this year because it’s planned to be even bigger and better. It’s also the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day so it’s an extra special event.
What’s also special is that I’ve been helping the organisers with some race-day planning which has been a lot of fun. I think people sometimes forget that these beautiful community events are put on by fundraisers and charities – not necessarily runners. I don’t know much about hosting charity events but I have run a lot of races! So, I’m lending whatever insight I can provide to help make the running part of the day as smooth as possible.
Really though, this event is more than just a 5k or 10k run. The Red Run supports 36 essential HIV charities across the UK. Through the work of these amazing charities, there has been a dramatic fall in HIV diagnosis, especially amongst gay men in London. Sadly, there are still 103,000 people currently living with HIV across the UK. This event will help provide essential funding and support services to these people.
Here’s why you should sign up:
- It’s in leafy Victoria Park and it will be beautiful.
- There really aren’t that many races in December, so get on board. Make this your final event of the year!
- It starts late! The race time is 12:30pm so you can still get a good Saturday snooze in, and maybe even a pre-race brunch!
- The Red Run Race Village will have some amazing entertainment including DJs from Horse Meat Disco and a drag girl band called DENIM. I had the chance to see them at a fundraiser earlier this year and they are absolute superstars
- Starbucks is onsite offering FREE coffee. Perfect pre-run fuel!
- The event is hosted by Positive East and they are amazing and wonderful and you should use running as a way to give back to your community. You could even raise money for them or one of the other charities involved. Fact: raising money for charity makes you run faster. (See my Royal Parks Half Marathon recap here for evidence)
For more info or to register, just head over to their website: http://www.redrun.org.uk/.
Hopefully I’ll see you there on 1 December!