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10/24/2012 04:30 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2012

AIDS Walk Washington 2012: 26th Annual Walk Will Mark DC Cowboys' Last Performance (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION: The walk is Saturday, not Sunday as the article originally stated.

WASHINGTON -- The 26th annual AIDS Walk this weekend is starting with a goodbye: long-running dance group DC Cowboys will be performing their farewell show at 8:15 a.m. (Get a preview in the video above -- we guarantee you'll want to turn up early in the morning to see more.)

Some 10,000 people are expected for Saturday's 5K walk, reports the Washington Blade.

According to the event website, as of Wednesday, Whitman-Walker Health -- D.C.'s community health center that puts on the AIDS Walk -- raised $590,725 of its $1 million goal.

Registration starts at 7 a.m., then the walk itself will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, beginning and ending at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. Runners start earlier, at 8:30 -- see the entire event schedule and registration here.

And now, the alarming statistics: According to a 2012 Kaiser Family Foundation report, 2.7 percent of D.C.'s population is infected with HIV -- 14,465 people overall in D.C. -- making HIV/AIDS in D.C. "an epidemic on par with some developing nations." D.C.'s black residents are especially hard hit -- 4.3 percent of the city's black population lives with HIV -- and accounted for 89 percent of those with HIV who died in 2010.

Read the whole report here. And sign up for the 2012 AIDS Walk here.

Get excited for this weekend's event by looking back at the AIDS Walk Washington from past years:

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