Glasgow Frontrunners painted their town red for World AIDS Day last Saturday, when around 60 runners dressed in the colour of HIV awareness took to the streets for a very special 5k.
Dotted around the route of the 2018 Red Run were several bootcamp-style games, old favourites like British Bulldog and a skipping rope challenge.
While the Red Run isn’t the biggest annual event organised by the LGBTI running club, it does serve a very important purpose: raising both funds for charity and awareness of HIV. This year marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day and although a cure has yet to be found, the medical landscape is very different than it was three decades ago.
Club communications officer Derec Thompson told runABC Scotland online: “A person living with HIV who has been diagnosed early and who is accessing treatment is now likely to live as long as someone of a similar age and background without HIV. Medical breakthroughs now also mean that a person living with HIV can become HIV-undetectable: a term used to describe someone who is on successful and effective treatment and cannot pass on the virus through sex.”
Despite these advances, a lot of stigma and misinformation still exists around HIV – and it is for this reason that the Frontrunner team feel that events like Red Run are crucial. Volunteers from HIV and sexual health charity Terrance Higgins Trust were on hand to help on the day, selling cakes after the run and chatting with participants about HIV and testing.
Thompson added: “Because of this the club, now the largest UK LGBTI sports club outside of London, keeps going from strength to strength. You can be sure that the Red Run will too.”