AIDS/Lifecycle Riders Begin 545-Mile Journey from SF to LA

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AIDS/Lifecycle riders began their 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles this morning with the help of over 1,000 volunteers. 

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The goal is to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The organization has raised $15,160,771 as of this year.

Riders will be crossing the Finish Line in West Hollywood. Get ready to celebrate with everyone at the Finish Line Festival being held at Fairfax High School. Friends, family, and fans are welcome to come cheer the riders as these brave individuals reach the end of their life-changing journey.

The festival will open at 11am. The annual Closing Ceremony will begin after the route closes, at approximately 5:00 PM.

There are plenty of opportunities for photo ops. You can registration for next year’s event. Spin and twirl with the folks from LA Flagging. Dance to the tunes of Chris Bowen & Victor Rodriguez (Cub Scout, Bears in Space). The Gay Men’s Chorus will swoon the crowd and the truck village will provide plenty of options to eat.

Spectator planning to cheer for their friends should communicate with the cyclist beforehand. The first Cyclists usually ride in around 10AM. Most cross the Finish Line between 12PM and 4PM.

AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. It is designed to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The goals of AIDS/LifeCycle are as follows:

  1. Raise funds to support the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation;
  2. Promote awareness and knowledge about the services and programs offered by the benefiting organizations;
  3. Exchange information about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors and the general public;
  4. Increase AIDS activism and volunteerism among the participant and donor communities, inspiring them to become ambassadors in the fight against AIDS;
  5. Provide a positive, life-affirming experience for people affected and infected by HIV;
  6. Contribute to an increased understanding of the disproportionate impact HIV has had on the GLBT communities in SF and LA;
  7. Encourage an environment of dignity and improved quality of life for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

For more information on AIDS/Lifecycle, visit: aidslifecycle.org

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Marco Colantonio is a longtime West Hollywood resident and community activist, former West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board member and founder/publisher emeritus of WEHO TIMES.
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