AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard said despite the ugly weather and a drop in corporate sponsorship, this year's event outpaced the last.
"We are about $300,000," he shared. "We're really excited about that."
The number of young people taking part was another reason for Reichard to celebrate.
"We are so excited that there are so many high school and college students that are out here today," he said.
By mid-morning, as the walk was wrapping up, the enthusiasm and commitment of participants like Ciji Carr was not flagging.
"I think we've kind of lost focus on how severe and serious this is," Carr said. "So I think that something like this is something great because it brings more people out, and it brings the conversation back up and it should never go away."
Ciji was part of a team organized by her friend Luis Molina.
"As a gay male, it's impacted my community a lot," said Molina, "and I just feel like we need to bring that awareness up to everybody, and get to zero together."
That means zero stigma, zero new infections, and zero deaths.