Boston: Deluge Puts Events and Residents to the Test
June 3, 2003
Despite a steady rain, an estimated 4,000 walkers, runners and volunteers participated in Sunday's 18th annual Boston AIDS Walk & 5K Run. Wearing ponchos or holding umbrellas, participants covered an abbreviated 3.5-mile route to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS. "The weather is bad, but our spirits are high," said Mimi Rittenburg, 69, walking for the 13th consecutive time in honor of her son who died of AIDS complications at age 28. Organizers said last year's event drew about 12,000 walkers and 700 runners, and raised nearly $1.4 million. Organizers, who were still tallying this year's take, said they were not disappointed with this year's attendance. "The turnout is a testimony to how important the issue is in the hearts and minds of so many," said Rebecca Haag, executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.Adapted from:
06.02.03; Steve Eder
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.