Yesterday myself and my fellow T2: Team to End AIDS members ran the AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2011.
Running the empty streets of L.A.
Why run, you may ask? Well we wanted to raise awareness for the fantastic marathon training program which also helps raise funds for AIDS Project L.A.
Leading the pack of AIDS walkers
Training kicks off for next year's L.A. Marathon next Saturday morning at 7am, October 22, in Griffith Park and I'll be training with T2 for my second marathon.
T2 runners take to the road
After the opening celebrity ceremony, we took to the empty streets of L.A., which is such a fantastic experience to run with no cars and even a police escort at the start.
Racing down Santa Monica Boulevard
Compared to the rainy weather we had last year, yesterday was a really beautiful day, with lots of sunshine and clear skies, although not the best weather for running.
Melrose Avenue closed for the AIDS Walk
Fortunately it was only a short 6 mile course, so the heat wasn't too bad.
Running down La Brea Avenue
It's always great to get encouragement from all the people lining the course and let's hope we helped raise awareness and interest in the marathon training.
Unusually empty La Brea Avenue
Thousands came out to walk the course after us and they raised thousands for valuable HIV/AIDS research, education and care in the L.A. community.
Jason runs down Beverly Boulevard closed to traffic
I'll be running the L.A. Marathon 2012 in March next year to raise money again for AIDS Project Los Angeles, so if you would like to show your support for this essential organisation that helps so many, please DONATE TODAY to my fundraising efforts...