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Red Run for World AIDS Day this Sunday

November 27th, 2013

Glasgow running group mark World AIDS Day with 5km red-themed fun run

Find out more about the event on Facebook

When: Sunday 1st December, leaving 11am (changing facilities available from 10.30am)

Where: The ARC Gym at Glasgow Caledonian University

What: A flat 5k run suitable for all abilities, from a walk/jog to more experienced runners

Local running group Glasgow FrontRunners will be supporting World AIDS Day (Sunday 1st December) with a 5km fun run along Glasgow’s Forth & Clyde Canal.

The Red Run is open to anyone whether they are a member of the club or not. All participants are invited to dress in red (‘the redder the better’), the traditional colour of HIV awareness, and funds raised through sponsorship will come to HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

The non-timed fun run will start at Arc Gym, Glasgow Caledonian University and follow the canal tow path. It is an easy, flat run, suitable for all levels of running fitness and is supported by jogscotland Jog Leaders. The run will begin at 11am, with runners congregating from 10.30am – 10.45am. Changing facilities are available (cost £1).

Eamonn Butler from Glasgow FrontRunners said: “”Although HIV isn’t the terminal illness it was in the 1980s, it is still life changing for those diagnosed and for their families and friends. We believe that it doesn’t have to be that way and that we can all play a role in beating the virus. Regular testing and accepting that HIV is nothing to be ashamed of will make a difference. Just as importantly, HIV doesn’t have to be a barrier to a healthy and active life. Running is an important part of that.”

Kiera Ridge, Community Fundraising Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re thrilled Glasgow FrontRunners have chosen our charity to benefit from their first Red Run. This kind of community event is vital, not only for raising funds but also much-needed awareness of an often misunderstood issue. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

World AIDS Day is an international event that has been running since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS. For more information on the Red Run, please see the Facebook Event or contact secretary@glasgowfrontrunners.org.