The Race Across America is one of the toughest and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment, globally seen as the highest rung of the endurance sports ladder. Since 1982, RAAM has a rich and storied history standing as a monument to human endeavors.
General Race Information
- Start: Oceanside, CA – The Oceanside Pier.
- Finish: Annapolis, MD – The City Dock.
- Route: 3,000 miles across the United States.
- Divisions: Solo and Two-Person, Four-Person, and Eight-Person Teams. Teams are raced in a relay format.
RAAM is a Race of Truth
This is a Race. Unlike other famous races, like the Tour de France, RAAM is not a stage race. In RAAM, once the clock starts on the west coast, the clock doesn’t stop until each racer reaches the finish line on the east coast. RAAM is 30% longer than the Tour de France and solo racers finish in half the time with no rest days. The race format is essentially a time trial, commonly called racing against the clock or the race of truth. Unlike the Tour de France, there is no drafting or taking shelter from the wind. It’s an all out solo challenge.
Solo and Team
The heart of the race is the Solo division. That is where the ultimate challenge lies. The race has team categories of 2-Person, 4-Person, and 8-Person teams.
The route is 3,000 miles, touching 14 states and climbing over 100,000 feet. Teams typically cross the country in 6 to 9 days, averaging 350 to over 500 miles per day. Solo racers finish in 9 to 12 days, averaging 250 to 350 miles per day. Teams have a relay format and race 24 hours a day. Solo racers have the challenge of balancing a few hours of sleep each night against race deadlines.
Olympians, Grandfathers and You
The men and women who compete, as soloists or as team participants, are dedicated and driven athletes. The racers are comprised from an international field of professionals from all walks of life. Among them are Olympians, professional athletes, but, by far, most are just like you. They range in age from 18 to over 70 and each has a story to tell of their life and how they came to the race. That story is enriched during the week-long adventure across the country as each rises and discovers their inner ability.
Is it a Charity?
More than half of the racers use RAAM as a platform and event to raise funds for various charities. In each of the past five years, racers raised more than $1,000,000.
Because it’s there was George Mallory’s answer, as to why climb Mt. Everest.
RAAM has a similar draw. At the very least, it’s the honor of adding their name to the prestigious roll call of RAAM Finishers and Team RAAM Finishers.
RAAM is more than a bike race. It is about ordinary people being great. It’s about realizing dreams, a journey of the heart and soul. It’s about being the toughest of the tough. It’s about camaraderie, teamwork, and the incredible RAAM family. It’s about taking the stage for a charity or cause that matters, to raise awareness and funds. It’s about the vastness, richness, beauty, and generosity of the United States of America and the people who live here. It’s a lifetime experience never to be repeated.
The Race Across America endures due to its amazing effect on the human consciousness and for its incredible feats of willpower, inspiration, and heart.