Red Ribbon Run and AIDS Walk Logo

Saturday, November 18

Presented By:

Lake Jeanette Orthodontics

Known as Winter Walk for AIDS for the first 25 years, the Piedmont Triad’s signature HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event is reintroduced in 2017 as the Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk.

So much has changed since the dawn of the AIDS epidemic, when we had no medications to combat this deadly virus and doctors could only provide counsel and solace. Winter Walk for AIDS in Greensboro began as a vigil to commemorate those whose lives had been claimed by the deadly disease.

Today, we continue to annually honor those who have walked before us but cannot anymore, but we also celebrate the progress in how far we have come.

Today, patients who are diagnosed with HIV, even those with AIDS can take complete control of this deadly virus with medication and proper care. We even dare to dream ending the epidemic through “treatment as prevention” and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) strategies.

Join hundreds from across Guilford County, North Carolina and surrounding areas to walk, run and give in support of the vital, life-sustaining care, education, support, and prevention services Triad Health Project provides each year to people in our community affected by HIV/AIDS.

Together, we are the key to ending this epidemic.


This year’s walk and 5K will kick off from LoFi Park in front of Joymongers Brewing Company, 576 N Eugene St, Greensboro.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

2:30-3:30 pm:  Registration

Participants are encouraged to bring all donations collected offline and turn in during registration. Participants who raised at least $100 by October 20 and who have not yet picked up their complimentary event t-shirt can do so during registration

3:30 pm: Opening Ceremony

3:35 pm: 5K Run Begins

3:40 pm: Walk Begins



Everyone is invited to stay for our informal Red Ribbon After Party at Joymongers Brewing Company. Our $100 and up fundraisers will receive a voucher for a complimentary brew or other beverage at Joymongers. Participants are also encouraged to check out all the other great dining and gathering options at the LoFi Corner, including Crafted the Art of Street Food, Deep Roots Market, Preyer Brewing Company, and Smith Street Diner.

2016 Winter Walk Photos

2017 Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk Route

2017 Red Ribbon Run Map
AIDS Memorial Quilt

THP's Public Display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Public Screening of "The Last One: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt"

In conjunction with the Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk, THP is honored to this year be hosting a public display of the NAMES Project  AIDS Memorial Quilt. Three blocks of the Quilt will be included in the display, each containing the panels of the loved ones of families from Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro. The Quilt, which has grown to be more than 54 tons in total, is a stirring reminder of the impact that HIV has had and continues to have nationally and in our local community.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on public display at the Greensboro History Museum beginning on Thursday, November, 16, and continuing through Sunday, November 19. The museum’s operating hours are 10am – 5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 2-5pm on Sunday, and will include extended hours for the Quilt display until 7pm on Friday, November 17.

To accompany the Quilt display, THP is partnering with the Greensboro History Museum to present the film, The Last One: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt. This 2015 documentary chronicles the genesis of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the evolution of the AIDS epidemic. Featuring extensive interview footage with nationally renowned AIDS and LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones, who conceived the idea of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, The Last One offers a compelling examination of the impact that HIV/AIDS continues to have in the United States and makes the case for an end to AIDS through intervention treatment and testing.

Screenings of The Last One are Friday, November 17 at 7pm and Saturday, November 18 at 11am in the Mary Norris Preyer Hall Theater at the Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Avenue


Attendance is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early reservations are strongly encouraged!

Watch the trailer for "The Last One: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt"

Meet Our Walk’s Namesake, Ron Johnson

Three years ago, we added our first official 5K run to this event, naming it in honor of Ron Johnson. Ron is a partner in the law firm of Johnson, Peddrick & McDonald, PLLC in Greensboro, NC. His practice area is Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Business Law, and Nonprofit Corporations. A founder of Triad Health Project, past president of the THP Board of Directors, and longtime THP supporter and advocate, Ron has consistently been the single largest individual fundraiser for THP’s AIDS Walk for 25 consecutive years, raising a total upwards of $500,000. Ron’s heartfelt and inspiring commitment to THP honors his promise to the late “Mrs. Leon”, Aileen Oldham, founder of Leon’s Style Salons and Beauty School, that he would carry on her legacy as the top fundraiser for the Winter Walk for AIDS.

Ron Johnson 5K and Winter Walk for AIDS
Ron Johnson