Glasgow FrontRunners (GFR) are pleased to support World AIDS Day 2016 with the 4th Annual Red Run #itsnotover. This 5km Boot Camp style fun run is open to everyone, whether you are a member of the GFR club or not. We encourage you to bring along your friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, kids, mums, dads, grandparents, lodgers, flatmates and even your dogs to help us to make this the biggest Red Run event yet!
Everyone taking part in the Red Run should wear something red and the redder the better. So don’t just stop with a t-shirt, think about your shorts, your laces, your socks, your hats and sweatbands or what about running in a red kilt!
Along the way there will be some fun, and possibly silly boot camp challenges, suitable for all ability levels.
GFR will have its fabulous Jog Scotland trained jog leaders on hand to lead the run, encourage you along the course and to succeed with the boot camp games whether you plan to sprint, jog, walk or even skip.
As always, the primary purpose of the Red Run is to raise awareness of HIV in Scotland and beyond. Although HIV is no longer considered the terminal illness that it was in the 1980s, thanks to advances in medicine, it is still life changing for those diagnosed and for their families and friends. Stigma and mental health concerns experienced by those with HIV also continue to be a problem. Since GFR held the first Red Run in 2013 more than 600 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Scotland and nearly 5,200 individuals in Scotland are currently known to be living with HIV. Worryingly many others are living with HIV without knowing it.
GFR believes that it doesn’t have to be this way and we can all play our part to beat HIV. Regular testing, and accepting that HIV is nothing to be ashamed will make a difference. More importantly, HIV does not have to be a barrier to a healthy and active life. Running can be part of that.
We will also hold a cake sale on the day and your donations on the day will go support the work of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) which is one of the leading sexual health charities in the UK. It promotes a vision of “a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all”. There is no formal entry fee for this run but we do ask individuals to make a donation of your choice on the day – in exchange for some cake of course.
This is a non-timed ‘fun run’ and the route will start at GFR’s regular base at Glasgow Caledonian University Arc Gym and follow the canal tow path meaning that it will be an easy flat run suitable for all levels of running fitness.* There is no registration process, just turn up on the day. The run will begin at 11am with runners congregating from 10.45am. Changing facilities are available (cost £1) with returnable £1 for lockers.
So on 4th December join GFR as we say #itsnotover and do our bit for HIV awareness.
For more Information please visit:
National HIV Testing Week 19-26 November 2016 – It Starts With Me
Terrence Higgins Trust
On http://www.hiv-wakeup.org.uk you can search by postcode to find HIV testing clinics and other HIV related services in Scotland.
Running With—And Chasing Down—HIV: a true story about being a runner with HIV
World AIDS Day is on the 1st December 2016 and for more information visit http://www.tht.org.uk/get-involved/Fundraise/World-AIDS-Day
* Participants are advised that they take part at their own risk