It was a beautiful day for AIDS Walk 2012 in Phoenix.
The pre-Walk entertainment and speeches started at 7:45 AM. There was not a cloud in the sky temperature was 68*F. It would be about 10* warmer by the 9:00 AM start of the 5K Run but still quite pleasant.
It is always nice to see the local politicians come out to support the event. Obviously it is an election year so every vote counts. The mayor had nice things to say. His wife was walking. I was happy to see the Democratic candidate for sheriff at the event. Sadly, his chances of defeating the incumbent Republican sheriff are that of a snowball in, well, Phoenix.
The 5K Run started at 9:00. There were 254 runners this year. I came in 173rd. My time was 4 min slower than last year’s but given how little I trained I did as well as I had any right to expect.
The Walk started at 9:15 and followed the same 5K course. It would be nice to share the experience with Harper’s Other Dad, who walks, but I enjoy it more when I do the run. It is hard to enjoy the event walking because you really only interact with those walking nearby and are constrained by the pace at which others walk. By running, I can set my own pace and be around the route before the walkers start to finish so I can see people as they come across the finish line.
The highlight of the event for me is always those who bring their dogs. We don’t bring Harper. She is a little skittish around large groups of people and I don’t think she’d enjoy it. It is great to see the other dogs having a good time though.
Of course the point of the day is to raise money and awareness. Our hometown newspaper; The Arizona Republic(an) has not covered the event to any significant degree n the past. They had a photographer there but I have not seen any coverage yet. The shelf life of that kind of coverage is pretty limited so I am not expecting much. Of course, they don’t cover Pride or the Rainbow Festival either. Go Figure!
The event does raise funds, however; over $300,000 this year including almost $700 from Team Harper. It was a good day.