In 10 days, the Above + Beyond Cancer bicycle team will set off from Oceanside, California bound for Annapolis, Maryland.  In order to make it to the finish line, our team of eight cancer survivors and caregivers will need to race 3,000 miles and climb more than 170,000 feet in seven days.  The race is 30% longer than the Tour de France, but the team must complete the distance in about half the time.  It’s no surprise that experts say that Race Across American (“RAAM”) is the toughest human endurance event in the world.  It is an extraordinary challenge, and and we have an extraordinary team to take it on!

We would like to invite you to help us send off the team on Monday, June 11.

10:00 AM – Press conference and send-off (East Tower Auditorium, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines)

Our team captain, Dr. Richard Deming, will meet with the public and members of the press at 10:00 AM in the East Tower Auditorium at Mercy Medical Center (Laurel Street Entrance).  You are invited to come meet the team, pick up a t-shirt, and decorate a water bottle that will be used by the team during the race (details here).

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Community Picnic and Bicycle Ride at Waterworks Park

Please bring your family and friends – and your bike – to a community picnic at Waterworks Park on Monday evening.  You’re invited to join our racing team for a quick picnic at the shelter and then take a few laps on your bicycle with our team.

If you have questions please email us ( or call Charlie at 515-999-0045.

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