This Saturday, June 18 2016, seven teammates and I will embark on Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000 mile bike race that spans the United States from coast to coast. Starting in Oceanside, California the race climbs over three major mountain ranges (that's 170,000 feet of elevation) and covers 12 states to finish in Annapolis, Maryland. Our team's aim is to raise $100,000 in support of New York's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All of our costs have been generously sponsored by Digital Media Solutions, and so every dollar we raise goes to this important organization.
St. Jude is leading the way in how the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.
As a cancer survivor myself, I have experienced the helping hands of good quality care. Places like Sloan Kettering where I was treated and St. Jude provide more than a hospital for treatment. They provide a safe nurturing community of warmth and understanding that is necessary when battling a disease like cancer. There are more than 14 million Americans living with cancer today, and we need to find a cure for our loved ones. This is not just a statistic. It's personal.
Here is a recent article in Men's Fitness magazine that covers my battle with cancer and comeback to racing that has led me to this epic race across the country.
Race Across America is billed as the 'world's toughest bike race' with a distance 30% longer than the Tour de France. Our aim is to complete the race inside the very ambitious goal of six days. Not only that, we're hoping to make the fastest crossing in history and be the first eight-man team across the line. To reach that goal, our team will split into two and will be riding 24 hours a day until we cross that finish line!
While I am a five-time All American triathlete and fierce competitor, RAAM is by far the longest, most physically and mentally challenging event I have ever undertaken. It is my first ultra-endurance race! As my teammates and I enter the final phase of our preparation, I'm excited to share the link to our team website with details of how you can track us live during the event or donate to St. Jude in support of our efforts. I will also update Instagram and Facebook so that you can get an inside look into our progress!
Thank you to those able to support this exciting endeavor and great cause.
Follow Team DMS with Live Tracker and Leader Board:
You can track our progress across the country live and see our current standing against the other 12 8-man teams.