For over thirty years, thousands of people from across Colorado have joined together as a community to raise money for organizations that provide critical services to people living with or at risk of acquiring HIV.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this is the first year Festival For Life will go virtual. The event will still feature a traditional 5K Walk and Run that participants can complete on their own schedules by running or walking between August 15 and September 4 then uploading their time into the race registration site for judging, or sharing photos from their 5K walk to the event's social media page. A virtual race allows participants to run or walk on the date, time, and course of their choosing.
To compete in the virtual Diva Dash, an annual tradition of a high-heeled sprint race, contestants must film and submit a thirty second video of their Dash by August 6th. These videos will be judged by a special celebrity guest panel and ranked according to the participants' Style, Skill, and Swagger. The top three videos will be aired during the event program on Saturday, August 15, with the overall winner announced at that time.
As part of the day's storied tradition, we will display panels from The Names Project - AIDS Memorial Quilt, an act of remembrance for all affected by HIV/AIDS. Pending permission from the city, this quilt ceremony will take place Friday, August 14 at the Cheesman Park Pavilion with an additional viewing time on Saturday, August 15. However, if we are unable to host this in person due to social gathering limitations, we may need to adjust these plans as well.
First Overall: female, male, nonbinary (overall winners are not eligible for age category awards): $75 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Certificate
Age Category Awards: first ($50 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Certificate) and second ($35 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Certificate)
18 & Under
65 & over
Virtual Runner : $40 - Complete your run between August 15th and September 4th and enter your time on this site for results. Runners receive a participant medal, finisher's certificate, and can receive an event T-Shirt by raising $100 total!
Together as one; together we stride!
People impacted by HIV and AIDS have known incredibly painful circumstances before, and we have learned that it takes all of us standing together as a community to get through them. We know that it will require more than just one person or one organization, more than just one day or one event. To thrive despite difficult times, we must all join together to celebrate how far we have come, honor the journey and remember the loved ones we have lost, and above all to rally together in solidarity with our community as a testament to the strength and resilience of all those impacted by HIV.
Festival For Life 5K Walk and Run: AIDS Walk Colorado is the Rocky Mountain region's oldest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser. For over thirty years, thousands of people from across Colorado have joined together as a community to raise money for organizations that provide vital services to people living with or at risk of acquiring HIV. This year, due to the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival will be an exclusively virtual event.
We are excited for the unique opportunities the virtual structure will provide! Saturday, August 15th will be the official event kick-off with a live-streamed program featuring stories and discussion of the event's history, a virtual Diva Dash stiletto fun run, and surprise celebrity guests. Walkers and runners will have three weeks in which to complete their 5K run or walk (August 15 - September 4) then upload their race time or share photos to social media. Colorado Health Network will provide a fundraising toolkit, social media graphics and frames, and host live-streamed entertainment on the FFL Facebook event page throughout the month leading up to the event day! In addition, we are working with the city to determine if it will still be possible to display panels from AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Cheesman Park Pavilion as an act of remembrance for all affected by HIV/AIDS. Pending city approval, there will be a quilt ceremony on Friday, August 14 followed by display of the quilt on Saturday, August 15.