Fundraising obstacle race hits downtown L.A.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The second annual Concrete Hero, a five-mile race over 10 obstacles poking fun at life in Los Angeles, will be held Sunday in the downtown area to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Concrete Hero “appeals to the masses” said Craig E. Thompson, executive director of AIDS Project Los Angeles.

“We have people participating from all walks of life, young and old,” Thompson told City News Service. “The event truly brings together communities of people with a common goal, to raise vital funds that will help those living with HIV and AIDS across Los Angeles County.”

The race will begin and end at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The obstacles include:

– “Carmageddon,” where participants will leap and climb through 22 vehicles and four buses;

– “Subway to Nowhere,” which has two massive slides and culvert subway tunnels;

– “Natural Disaster Alley,” with “June Gloom” foam, “Santa Ana Winds” from industrial-sized fans and simulated forest fires;

– “Rubber Canyon,” a mountain of more than 1,000 tires;

– “Tar Pit Traverse,” where participants will use parallel monkey bars and rope swings to go over murky water; and

– “The Beach,” a sand crawl through umbrellas, fake kelp and coolers.
Concrete Hero drew nearly 1,000 participants last year and raised more than $400,000, Thompson said. The number of participants in Sunday’s event will be announced during the opening ceremonies.

The following streets will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and noon to accommodate the race:

– North Spring Street between Aurora Street and College Street;

– North Alameda Street between West College Street and East Chavez E. Chavez Avenue;

– North Main Street between Ord Street and East Chavez E. Chavez Avenue;

– West Chavez E. Chavez Avenue between North Main Street and North Grand Avenue;

– Wilhardt Street between North Spring Street and Naud Street;

– Naud Street from Wilhardt Street to the end of Naud Street;

– Baker Street from Aurora Street to the end of the park; and

– Aurora Street between North Spring Street and Baker Street.

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