SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2018—On Sunday, December 9, 2018, hundreds will gather in on Noe Street in the Castro and “drop trou” for Santa Skivvies Run, the annual one-mile fun run organized by San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Participants raise awareness and collect donations from friends and family to support HIV prevention, support and care services that decrease HIV transmission in the Bay Area. New HIV diagnoses are at historic lows in San Francisco because of community-based programs like the ones supported through Santa Skivvies Run.
“More than just being a fun, festive time, Santa Skivvies Run offers participants a chance to get involved in making San Francisco the first city to end HIV transmission,” said Joe Hollendoner, San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO. “Participants raise funds that are essential to us providing free-of-charge health care services and support programs we provide to more than 25,000 individuals each year. The event has become a staple in the community allowing people to celebrate the holidays and have a good time for a good cause.”
The 2018 event is the 10th annual Santa Skivvies Run. The community impact of Santa Skivvies Run participants and sponsors over the last decade has been tremendous. Funds raised since the event began in 2009 total more than $500,000.
“For a lot of people it’s become a tradition, allowing them to do something positive in a way that is really out of the ordinary,” said Chris Hastings, Santa Skivvies Run founder and owner of Lookout which has remained a key event partner throughout the years. “It’s an event that can only happen in San Francisco, and really only in the Castro.”
The event will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. The course begins at Noe Street & Market Street and progresses around the Castro. Registration is $35, and each participant pledges to raise at least $150. Participants can register at www.santaskivviesrun.org
Santa Skivvies Run is proudly supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to eliminate new HIV transmissions and extend the longevity of people living with HIV through a network of direct programs and supportive services. Each year, more than 25,000 people look to San Francisco AIDS Foundation for access to sexual health, substance & behavioral health, engagement & retention, and social support services. Policy and public education initiatives are a critical part of supporting community health and wellness, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation advocates at all levels of government. Learn more at sfaf.org.