Organizers of the 24th Annual Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run have announced multi-platinum artist Ty Herndon as this year’s honorary chair. The Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run is Tennessee’s oldest continuously running HIV/AIDS fundraiser and one of the city’s highest profile events. This year’s goal is to raise $240,000 to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. The event takes place on Saturday, October 3 at Public Square Park. Registration starts at 10:00 am and the walk starts at 11:00 am.

Herndon is a Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning country artist with more than a dozen chart-toppers to his name. His Concert for Love and Acceptance on June 12 in Nashville was the first country music event of its kind, bringing together artists and celebrities from all across America to support at-risk youth. 

“I am thrilled to be a part of this year’s Nashville AIDS Walk,” said Herndon. “Nashville CARES does incredible work fighting HIV/AIDS in the community. I hope that my involvement in this event will bring awareness to HIV/AIDS and help end the stigma that surrounds the disease.”

The Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run is presented by NPS Pharmacy. The event is a family-oriented team walk and timed 5K run that gathers participants from all parts of the community. Businesses, civic clubs, churches, friends and families walk or run while celebrating the vital role that Nashville CARES plays in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. 

“The Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run raises money to help Nashville CARES work toward our mission of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee,” said Patrick Hamilton, Chief Development Officer. “It is also a great opportunity for us share the message that HIV/AIDS is still an issue in our local community.”

Herndon started his own Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run walk team, named Ty’s Team. Visit to register and join his team. His goal is to raise $20,000 for Nashville CARES.

“I have the best fans in the world and I hope they support me by joining my Nashville AIDS Walk team,” said Herndon. “Together we can raise money to support the vital work of Nashville CARES.”


Additional Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run sponsors include

Advocate Partner:

Dollar General

Red Ribbon Partners:

Advance Financial

CMT One Country

Embassy Dental

Fridrich, Pinson and Rothberg

Tennessee Oncology

Associate Partners:

Brady Smith

Bryan Wilcox

Creative Artists Agency

Fifth Third Bank

Grand Avenue



Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee

UT College of Social Work and Volunteer Behavioral Health




For additional information, or to register for the Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run, visit or call (615) 259-4866. Nashville CARES relies on support from the community to provide services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. For information on sponsoring the event, contact Topher McCune at


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