RAAM

Returning to the Race Across America in 2018


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 community as well. It is the equivalent of racing one and a half Tour De France races in half the time... with no break. Once the clock starts, it does not stop until you finish. Or you quit.

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 34th edition of this event with racers coming from all over the world. Only approximately 15% of the competitors are women.

Racers must traverse over 3,000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Kathy will try to average about 250 miles per day to ensure she finishes in the allotted 12-day time period. In all likelihood, Kathy will be the only grandmother competing in the race and will be attempting to reclaim her 2011 record-setting finish in the solo 50+ women's division. RAAM is one of Kathy's most intense and demanding long distance events, pushing both her, and her support team, to the limits.

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