Santa Cruz AIDS Walk, April 19, raises money for outreach, awareness

Join hundreds of participants for the 18th Annual AIDS Walk on Saturday, April 19. The 10k walk--from the Santa Cruz Wharf to Natural Bridges and back--raises money for HIV-related programs and to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in Santa Cruz.

The walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a complementary hearty breakfast, registration, speakers, and a warm-up by the dancers of Motion Pacific. The walk starts at the wharf at 11 a.m.; along West Cliff Drive, there'll be rest stops, cheerleaders, and beverages. When participants return to the wharf, they'll receive a token gift and a free pass for either mini-golf or laser tag at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and lunch at one of the many wharf restaurants.

A minimum pledge of $100 is requested. All walkers who reach their goal will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and there are great incentive prizes lined up for those who raise the most money.

Proceeds from the AIDS Walk help fund the Santa Cruz AIDS Project and the UCSC Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP). For questions and concerns, contact SHOP at (831) 459-3772.

For more information about how to participate or to download a pledge form for the walk, go to or call the Santa Cruz AIDS Project at (831) 427-3900 or UCSC Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) at (831) 459-3772.

Walk registration forms are also available at the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, 113 Cooper St. and at downtown Santa Cruz area merchants.