Oceanside, CA - Oceanside Pier
June 12th (Tue): Solo Women / 60+ Men
June 13th (Wed): Solo Men
June 16th (Sat): Relay Teams
Annapolis, Maryland - City Dock
June 21-25, 2012
- Route: 3,000 miles, 17,000 feet of climbing
- Teams will ride 350-500 miles a day
- Solo racers will ride 250-350 miles a day
- Race route crosses 12 states
- Passes through 88 counties and 350 communities
- Format: Solo, 2-, 4-, and 8-person relay teams
- 250+ racers, ages 13 to 75
- 15 countries,represents 40% of racers
- 39 Teams, 30 Solo racers
- 15% of the racers are women
- 750+ Support Crew
- 250+ Staff and Volunteers
Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. RAAM has a rich and storied history. In 1982 four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered by national television, the race captivated the public’s imagination. Teams were added in 1994 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. Relay team racing made the event accessible to any reasonably fit cyclist. The 2012 race will be the 31st edition of RAAM.
There is no other race in the world like RAAM. The Race inspires every one who has been a part of it - racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and fun! There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end.
Racers must traverse 3000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Team racers have a maximum of nine days and most finish in about seven and a half days. Teams will ride 350-500 miles a day, racing non-stop. Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, with the fastest finishing in just over eight days. Solo racers will ride 250-350 miles a day, balancing speed and the need for sleep. Whether team or solo you will have a support crew following you. The support crew handles all of the logistics – food, fluids, navigation, clothing changes, medical needs, bike repairs, etc. - so that racers can focus on racing.
RAAM is an outstanding platform for raising money for charitable causes. Racers annually raise collectively in excess of $2 million for a wide range of charitable causes.
Fans from all over the world follow RAAM. Fans can follow RAAM on the web, through the bi-weekly RAAM Newsletter, race blogs, the social media (Facebook and Twitter) and traditional mainstream media. There is local, national and international coverage by the traditional media. Additionally, RAAM has at least four of its own media crews on the course providing up-to-date video, photo and text coverage. Race coverage statistics: • 20+ million page views • 2500+ articles in mainstream media (TV, radio and print) This coverage provides substantial value to both sponsors and charities.