Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. It is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement in amateur cycling circles and the greater sporting community as a whole. The event begins in Oceanside California and stretches 3,000 miles to the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland, while climbing more than 170,000 feet along the way. The course is 30% longer than the Tour de France, yet racers are required to complete the distance in roughly half the time allowed for the Tour.
The race inspires everyone who has been a part of it – racer, crew, staff and fans alike. It is a true test of speed, endurance, strength, organization, and camaraderie! There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, and no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end.
This summer Above + Beyond Cancer will field a team of cancer survivors and professional cancer caregivers in the 2012 Race Across America (RAAM). The eight-person team will ride 3,000 miles across America in seven days. Members of the team represent five different types of cancer and an age span of 29-65. Each of the members are racing not in spite of their cancer, but because of their cancer. In finishing the race, they will have overcome unbelievable odds while proving that there can be deep meaning and fulfillment in reaching for a goal that is just out of the reach of what is knowingly attainable. The team will then use their story to create an exciting backdrop for a multi-platform cancer advocacy campaign that will begin this fall.