Race Across America (RAAM) Gets Underway in Oceanside

Team Bemer RAAM

For 38 years, Race Across America (RAAM) has been challenging ultra cyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. Starting in Oceanside, under one of the longest piers in California, RAAM spans over 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states, and finishes at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland, the east coast sailing mecca.

The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains. Also, passing through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains, and Gettysburg.

Open to amateur and professional racers, in solo, 2-, 4- and 8-person relay teams, there is no other race in the world comparable to RAAM. The Race has become a global icon, having had over 35 countries represented. Not only has RAAM proved to be one of the most challenging races in the world, but has become a huge platform for racers to raise awareness and money for charities of their choice. Racers have raised over $2 million per year over the past 5 years.

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SoCal’s Rahssan Bahati is racing on a  4-person relay team on Team Thin Energy with teammates Alex Isaly, Rudy Napolitano and James Cowan.

In the women’s RAAM, my former teammate Leah Goldstein from Canada is currently leading the solo women’s race ahead of Italian rider Dorina Vaccaroni.

Follow RAAM and RAW and cheer on the racers!

All races start at the Oceanside, California Pier.

  • Solo RAAM started on June 15
  • Solo and Team RAW started on June 15
  • Team RAAM starts at Noon PST, Saturday, June 19

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