The Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running endurance races in the world. RAAM is seen as the pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting communuity as well. It is the equivalent of racing one and a half Tour De France races in half the time with no daily break. Once the clock starts, it does not stop until the end.
RAAM has a rich and storied history. In 1982 four individuals raced from Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in NYC. The team event was added in 1994 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. The 2011 race will be the 30th editions of this event. Racers come from all over the world and approximately 15% of the competitors are women.
Racers must traverse 3,000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Kathy will try to average about 250 miles per day to finish in the alloted 12 day time period! Kathy will be one of the only (if not the only) grandmother who will have competed in this race. This will be one of Kathy's most intense and demanding long distance events to date and will test her and her support team to the limits.
Daily updates will be posted on her Facebook page and live video feeds will also be available. We hope that you are inspired by her journey and follow along in her quest to complete this amazing event.