Programs & Grants
RACE ACROSS AMERICA
Team Donate Life's Signature Event ~ Race Across America ~ is a huge effort made by cyclists and their crews in a monumental race that is open
to all competitors to cross the country from coast to coast in approximately one week through participating in this 24-hour per day relay race.
Race Across America (RAAM) begins in Oceanside, California. Competitors climb over 110,000 feet while crossing 14 states in their 3,000+ mile campaign
to the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland.
The Race Across America, or RAAM, has established itself as a new and dramatic American tradition, respected worldwide for the sheer magnitude of its
challenge. RAAM is the most recognized and longest endurance annual cycling event in our world today. Competitors must travel over 3,000 miles in 9
days to be competitive. Relay teams race 24-hours a day over mountains, across deserts and through the manifestation of pain and doubt the likes of
which are unparalleled in almost any other athletic endeavor on earth.
Unlike other famous races like le Tour de France, RAAM has no stages or designated rest periods. There is no drafting and the race is live to the very
end. From the start to the finish, it is a single stage race, a battle against the vast environmental conditions encountered and the riders' own
mental and physical capacities. The men and women who compete as soloists or as team participants are dedicated and driven athletes who are comprised
from an international field of professionals from all walks of life.
The Race Across America is an event so staggering that merely to finish is for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM inspires everyone that it
touches. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal, truly, RAAM is larger than life. A breeding ground for champions, a
testing ground for elite riders and a shining example of the strength of human spirit.
Opportunities for RAAM
There are significant physical, mental, and logistical challenges associated for anyone considering their participation in RAAM. Team Donate Life has
been participating in RAAM since 2005, with riders in every division ~ solo, 2-person, 4-person, and 8-person teams. We provide guidelines, templates,
and logistical support, but it remains each team's responsibility to properly prepare, train, and plan their own race.
We are currently forming new teams for RAAM. This includes both riders and crew, and we will close our application process on February 1st.
Basic fundraising requirements are minimum $10,000 per rider, but there is no cost for crew members.
If you would like to talk to someone about becoming a member of Team Donate Life's RAAM teams, please fill out the information below: