Jan 15, 2011
Team Laughing Dog Racing for Autism is coming back to compete in the Race Across America in 2012. This time it will be a women’s team competing in the women’s open division. The Team’s goal is to build on the success of the 2011 team.
The 2011 team was an all male team that finished the 3,000 mile non-stop race in 6 days 9 hours and 28 minutes. More importantly the team raised more than $25,000. The majority of that money is coming back to Sandpoint to help local autism organizations improve the quality of life of families living with autism.
The 2012 team consists of Sandpoint locals Gina Pucci, Julie Nye, Arlene Cook and Kathi Riba-Crane. They are currently assembling the rest of their team so anyone interested in helping with raising funds or being part of the road crew be sure to leave a comment below.
The team’s goals are to safely finish in less than 8 days and raise $40,000 for autism services. They will raise the money from a series of events through out the Inland Northwest, from individual donations, and from corporate sponsors.
The 2012 team will be riding with the support of Team Autism 24/7. Team Autism 24/7 is a non-profit set up by the 2011 team to continue to raise awareness and funds for autism. Wayne Pignolet, the voluntary Executive Director for Team Autism said: “We are very excited to support these four women and the rest of their team as they prepare for and participate in RAAM. We made a lot of progress towards helping families living with autism in Sandpoint and Inland Northwest but there is, unfortunately, a lot more to do. This new team I am confident will continue to grow awareness and raise badly needed funds.”
Stay tuned as we will soon have more info, bios, and pictures.
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