LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Concrete Hero announced its second annual race raised over half a million dollars for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) on Sunday. Funds raised through the chip-timed, 5 mile race in Downtown Los Angeles support APLA's vital care and prevention programs, which help improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS and reduce the incidence of infection in Los Angeles County.
"We extend our gratitude and well wishes to this incredible community of race participants, event staff, volunteers, and their extended networks of family and supporters for helping us make the second annual Concrete Hero a success," said Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director at APLA.
"For over 30 years, APLA has been working to improve the lives of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County. We are already using these vital funds to help more than 62,000 people currently living in LA County with HIV/AIDS to get access to the vital care programs they need to stay alive. Programs include the Vance North Necessities of Life Program, which distributes more than 160,000 bags of groceries each year in Los Angeles to those facing HIV and hunger; APLA Dental Services, which offers more than 12,000 low to no-cost dental procedures each year to people who are HIV-positive and cannot afford the critical dental care they need. Funds raised also power the APLA Health & Wellness Center, which offers a comprehensive range of services including prevention programs, HIV and STD testing and treatment, as well as counseling and other programs," Thompson added.
In two years, Concrete Hero raised over $900K for APLA. The annual race incorporates iconic elements and landmarks of Southern California as obstacles along a chip-timed, 5 mile route through Downtown.This year, participants climbed over 12 parked cars and 4 buses in the "Carmageddon" obstacle, scaled nearly two stories over a mock "Hollywood Sign," and swung over massive mud pits in the "Tar Pit Traverse" obstacle. Other surprise obstacles included the "Subway to Nowhere" which featured two massive slides and culvert subway tunnels, "Natural Disaster Alley" with "June Gloom" foam and "Santa Ana Winds" generated by industrial-sized fans and "Rubber Canyon" which featured over 1,000 tires for participants to hop through and climb over.