And they’re off – not just the London Marathon runners but also 26 people who are going to test for HIV.
The Race for Life is the brainchild of Jeremy Joseph, owner of the G-A-Y bar and club chain.
He wanted a new way to mark his fifth marathon, so has organized for a person to test for HIV every time he passes a mile point.
Volunteers from G-A-Y, Gay Star News and Student Pride are out on the route and will be tweeting at every mile he completes, to make it all work.
The tests will be done at G-A-Y Bar by the experts from the 56 Dean Street clinic in Soho, the UK capital’s main LGBTI neighborhood.
And Joseph has also achieved another milestone. This marathon sees him race pass his target of raising £250,000 ($418,000 €303,000) for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
He has now promised to keep raising money until we have an AIDS-free world. You can donate here.
And everyone is also welcome to drop into G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street, Soho for a free HIV test while the marathon is on today (13 April). No appointments are needed.