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AIDS Project LA's obstacle-course event raises $400,000

July 15, 2012 | 12:45 pm

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Hundreds of people climbed over cars, swung across mud pits and scaled a 16-foot replica of the Hollywood sign on Sunday during a fundraiser benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles, organizers said.

The first-ever "Concrete Hero Ultimate Urban Obstacle Challenge" featured a 10-stop downtown obstacle course and 5K race that ended with a block party at L.A. Live, event organizers said.

More than $400,000 was raised for APLA, which offers assistance to those affected by HIV and works to reduce infection rates.

"Obstacle-course competitions are being held outside the city nearly every weekend it seems, so we thought it made sense to introduce a fun but not too serious concept right here in the heart of our city, where more people could participate," Bart Verry, APLA's chief development officer, said in a statement.

Craig E. Thompson, executive director of APLA, called the event "an incredible success."

Organizers have already planned the second "Concrete Hero" event, scheduled for July 14, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Photo: Participants in the first-ever "Concrete Hero Ultimate Urban Obstacle Challenge" climb a 16-foot replica of the Hollywood sign on Sunday in downtown Los Angeles as part of an urban challenge organized to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Credit: AIDS Project Los Angeles

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