Since 1983, Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) has been a leader in Minnesota’s fight against HIV through prevention, advocacy, awareness and services.  Our work provides the resources necessary to prevent HIV and paves the way to a Minnesota where new HIV infections are eliminated and those living with HIV live long, healthy lives.

We believe this cause belongs to all of us and that it takes the power of community to make true progress.  We walk for our loved ones, for our neighbors, for the stories of strangers. We walk to educate. We walk to breathe new truths into tired stigmas. We walk for a cause that belongs to all of us. That’s why we walk, and that’s why we ask you to walk with us.

Join the Minnesota AIDS Walk this winter for a multi-sensory immersion in poetry, music, interactive art and more. By the glow of candlelight at dusk, we’ll embark on a tranquil walk along Boom Island, closing with a transformational vigil. With full hearts and reflective minds, we’ll celebrate the progress we’ve made and will continue to make—united in the fight against HIV.

Minnesota AIDS Walk

February 25, 2017

3pm to 7pm

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Location

  • Boom Island Park
  • 724 Sibley St NE,
  • Minneapolis, MN 55413

Click the following tabs to learn more about the Minnesota AIDS Walk and to answer any questions you have about the 2017 Walk. Don’t see your question answered here? Give us a call at 612-373-2431.

Do I have to raise a certain dollar amount?

No. There are no fundraising requirements OR registration fees, but we suggest that every walker try to raise $200. Each walker that raises money will receive a commemorative LED candle for the candlelight vigil.

Do I need to download and fill out a paper pledge form?

No. All donations, including offline donations, can be entered online but paper pledge forms are available to download.

The Minnesota AIDS Walk Route

The route has two options: a half-mile route and a 1-mile route.  The AIDS Walk begins and ends in Boom Island Park, following the Mississippi River and 20 and 40 minutes to complete. There are warming stations, a bon fire, and sensory experiences along the route.

Early Pledge Drop-Off Dates
Stay tuned for early pledge drop-off dates and times.

Park Navigation
Please refer to the park and route maps for the location of tents and attractions.

Registration
Walkers turn in their pledges inside the Registration Pavilion. Donations from non-registered participants may be accepted here as well.

Team Pictures
After dropping off donations at the Registration Tent, AIDS Walk teams should head to the Teams Area to get their team picture taken. All team captains should check in at the Teams Area. Only teams that check in at the Teams Area will have their free team photo taken.

Why did you change the Walk to a winter date?
Winter is a time of reflection and introspection, and a time of coming together. It’s also a time of year that brings out the best in Minnesotans whether it’s helping our neighbors dig out their cars from the latest snowpacalypse or shoveling the neighbors walk because they cannot. Winter is a part of our shared culture in Minnesota.

What will the weather be like?
The average temperature is 35 degrees on February 25, but it’s Minnesota! We’re planning for any kind of weather. We’ll have warming stations and a bonfire to keep you toasty warm at the Walk!

Your support helps us change lives

HIV tests conducted

People taught about HIV

Overdoses reversed

Transportation trips provided

Walk Day Schedule

Head to the Registration Pavilion to turn in cash and check donations, and then enjoy the Educate and Create Activities throughout the park.

At 5pm, embark on a tranquil walk along Boom Island with your team, your friends, your family, or enjoy the walk in solitude. Choose between the half-mile route and the full one-mile route.

As the Walk concludes, join us for the Remembrance Tree Ceremony where we’ll hang ribbons on a ceremonial tree with messages of commitment, hope, or commemoration.

End the Walk with a candlelight vigil in the Ceremonial Circle to remember those lost to HIV and show support for those affected.

Celebrate your hard work with a Walk after party at LUSH.

Junior Walkers will really enjoy this elaborate cardboard play palace designed by artist Julian McFaul.

Add to the quilt with your creative message of hope for thos living with HIV, remembrance for those lost, or advice for those at-risk.

Enjoy a show from the shadow puppet artists at the Heart of the Beast Theater.

Warm up at one of several warming stations throughout the walk.

Gather to remember those lost to HIV and energize to fight for a Minnesota with zero new infections, and robust resources for those affected.

Ribbons with memories, messages of hope, and calls to action will be placed on the Remembrance Tree at the conclusion of the Walk.

Form a team or join an existing one to put the ‘fun’ in fundraising!

Register for the Minnesota AIDS Walk

Give a gift to an individual, a team, or directly to the Walk!

Presenting: Winter Walk Sponsor

Illuminate: Ceremony Circle and Candlelight Vigil Sponsors

Educate and Create: Activity Sponsors
In-Kind Sponsors

Interested in volunteering at the 2017 Minnesota AIDS Walk? Send us your name and email here or contact us at 612-373-2431 or development@mnaidsproject.org.