It was a fairly long walk in the park (10km), but the MN AIDS Walk last Sunday was a really uplifting and enjoyable experience. We had bright sun, comfortably cool temperatures, and large crowds of exuberant walkers who turned out to help raise money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Darren and I left our car at a park-and-ride and took light rail to the event to avoid fighting for a parking spot. Minnehaha Park was already filling up the by time we arrived at 9:45.
We soon found the team of walkers from my company, and we stood around chatting while we waited for our team picture to be taken prior to the start of the walk.
Darren and I do our Minnesota Twins impression
Darren with our friends David and Jason. (Jason had completed the 10K run in 46 minutes--the same length of time it took me to run my 5K a few years back. WG has quick wits but slow treetrunk legs.)
The starting line
I had intended to take pictures during the walk, too, but I got so caught up in talking to other walkers that I plumb forgot. D'oh!
We finished the 6.2 mile course in just under 2.5 hours, and then we enjoyed some popsicles that Whole Foods volunteers were handing out.
It was a really great way to spend a lovely Sunday morning, and between us, Darren and I raised $1000 in donations. I'll definitely do the Walk again next year.
With sore feet,