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Run-in-a-Million Run from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Raise Awareness About AIDS and HIV Testing

Published 11-30-07

Submitted by Black AIDS Institute

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - November 30, 2007 - /PRNewswire/ - Mike Sacco and close friend Lejon Boudreaux, along with world-renowned, ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes have signed on to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic by staging a run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The 510-mile trip will kick off World AIDS Day activities on Dec. 1 and end two weeks later on Dec. 14, 2007. At the end of each day, the runners will participate in a variety of local activities. The trip will be chronicled via writings and images that will be posted on a blog on www.BlackAIDS.org

"Our goal is to raise money to end the AIDS epidemic and to reach at least one million people with messages about HIV testing, treatment and stigma. We will speak to people about the importance of each person taking part in this critical fight in their own individual way," says Sacco.

"The AIDS epidemic looks very different today than it did when I got infected 25 years ago," says Phill Wilson, CEO and founder of the Black AIDS Institute. "Many of us made a promise not to stop fighting until it was over. Mike Sacco is trying to keep that promise. In my book, he is truly one in a million."

What: News conference and start of 14-day, 510-mile run.
Who: Sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute, Nike
Scheduled to speak:
Phill Wilson, Executive Director, Black AIDS Institute
Mike Sacco, runner
Lejon Boudreaux, runner
Where: Golden Gate Bridge (Marin County side) Visitor lookout point
When: 7 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2007

* Camera Crews may seek additional backstage coverage. Additional B-roll footage for news coverage is available upon request.

The Route:
Day 1 Golden Gate Bridge to Pacifica
Day 2 Pacifica to Pescadero
Day 3 Pescadero to Santa Cruz
Day 4 Santa Cruz to Monterey
Day 5 Monterey to Big Sur
Day 6 Big Sur to Lucia
Day 7 Lucia to San Simeon
Day 8 San Simeon to San Luis Obispo
Day 9 San Luis Obispo to Santa Maria
Day 10 Santa Maria to Lompoc
Day 11 Lompoc to Santa Barbara
Day 12 Santa Barbara to Ventura
Day 13 Ventura to Malibu
Day 14 Malibu to Nike Town in Beverly Hills

Learn more at blackaids.org and ultramarathon.com

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