LOS ANGELES — Here's one way to beat L.A. traffic — run.

Robert Garside, a 33-year-old Briton who has vowed to run across every continent, reached Hollywood on Tuesday.

"It will be far easier running down Hollywood Boulevard than it was running through the Amazon or Himalayas," he said before his arrival.

Garside, known as The Runningman, entered the United States from Mexico last month. He expects to complete his five-year, 42,000-mile journey next year.

The former police officer left London in December 1996 and has jogged about 30,000 miles, covering Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

He has had to outrun thieves in Mexico and Panama, dodge bullets in Russia and was jailed in China for running in restricted areas.

He's worn out 27 pairs of shoes.