In a few weeks, hundreds of runners, walkers, volunteers, and cheering supporters will gather at Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 6, for the Big Gay 10K. It will be a morning of costumed fun, fitness, and community in support of the lifesaving free programs and services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
You can imagine the squeals around the office when we learned Chris Kohrs, of recent “Hot Cop of the Castro” Internet fame, had signed up to participate in the event this year. He is currently one of our top fundraisers—and he is sure to up the ante with a unique incentive for donors. We sat down with Chris to talk about what the Big Gay 10K means to him and what he’s most excited about for the run.
Why did you sign up to do the Big Gay 10K?
AIDS is something that affects everybody, gay, straight, female, male, young, old—it’s such a widespread disease. To be able to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which I think is a great cause, I was more than happy to sign up. I’m super impressed by the organization’s programs and services and how it positively affects people's lives. I’m all in.
How’s the training going?
I haven’t really started training yet but I think I’ll be fine. I got a shoulder injury on the job a couple of weeks back, so I’ll be having surgery on September 3. Since the run will be on September 6, I’ll actually be walking it.
Luckily, it’s not all about the running. The Big Gay 10K is a fun event where people really go all out on their costumes. Do you have your outfit planned for the big day?
I guess I could be disguised as an injured cop!
I saw you have a unique incentive as part of your fundraising efforts. Tell me more about it.
Whoever donates the most to this cause on my personal page will get to choose any restaurant in San Francisco, and I’ll take them out for dinner and drinks and just have a good time. I was going to offer skydiving as an incentive, but considering I’ll be in a cast, I thought that wouldn’t be a wise choice! So we’re just going to stick to dinner and drinks.
You have tons of fans online and in the community. Are people clambering over each other to try to win a date with you?
I don’t really know, I haven’t checked! But I think it’s going to kind of be like an eBay auction: In the last ten minutes, there’s going to be an influx of people donating to try to win the date incentive.
I think it’ll be great because there are a lot of foodies out there. San Francisco has so much to offer when it comes to dining options. The winner will get to choose the restaurant; the only bad part is they're going to have to put up with me for an evening! [Note to the fellas and the ladies: He’s not a picky eater.]
What are you most excited about for the event?
I’m excited about supporting San Francisco AIDS Foundation. AIDS is a big deal. Supporting programs and services that improve people’s quality of life—that excites me. Helping people who have this disease live better lives—that excites me. Don’t get me wrong, the run excites me too. We’re going to have a good time, but what it stands for is really what excites me.
If you could be known for anything else beyond being “Hot Cop of the Castro,” what would it be?
That title was just kind of placed on me, and right now, I’m just going with it. But I would want people to know that I’m an ordinary person doing my job. The “hottest” cop is really the officer who delivers the highest quality of service to their community. As much as I would love to claim that title, I really can’t. There are other officers out there more deserving of that title.
Thank you for your service, Chris!
Do you want to run or walk with Chris and make a difference in our community? It’s not too late to sign up! Register today and save $10 when you use the promo code CHRIS. To learn more about the Big Gay 10K happening September 6, and other ways to get involved, visit biggay10k.com.
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