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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The 2011 Race Across America - Blue Planet Network Teams
RAAM is a non-stop cross country bicycle race from Ocenside, CA to Anapolis, MD. It is about 30% longer than the Tour de France, and racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time. The route is 3000 miles, with 170,000 feet of climbing. It crosses 12 states, 88 counties and 350 communities.
Two teams in different categories are racing on behalf of Blue Planet Network and raising funds for water projects.
These athletes are showing how commitment, determination and stamina can conquer any challenge. They are using this feat to symbolize the effort needed by the global community to tackle the water crisis. With the attention they receive from this epic challenge, they hope to raise enough funds to provide dozens of communities around the world with long-term access to safe drinking water. Please learn more about both teams and support safe drinking water projects in their honor.
Make their miles meaningful! Just a penny a mile gives a person a life with clean water.
Ride for Your Lives - Katie & Sam
Sam Williams and Katie Spotz are not professional athletes. You'd walk past them on the street without a second glance. However, this seemingly ordinary pair have achieved the extraordinary. Both completed record-breaking solo rows across the Atlantic Ocean, between them spending nearly five months alone in 20-foot boats, travelling 6,500 miles through treacherous conditions. Combined, they cycled more than 10,000 miles across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and swam the entire length of the 325-mile Allegheny River in Pennsylvania. Along the way, they have received worldwide acclaim.
They are out to break the two-person mixed team record for RAAM and bring clean water to children and families in Kenya.
Team H2Ope - Andre, Sara, Alex & Larry
Team H20pe is a group of passionate cyclists connected by the threads of various races, bike shops and charity rides. Team Manager, Andre Husain, dreamed of competing in the Race Across America (RAAM), known as the "world's toughest bicycle race." Sharing his vision for the race and passion for addressing the world's water crisis, Andre sparked excitement. His dream came together with the guidance of experienced RAAM veteran, Kathleen Espino, as crew chief. Racers Alex Galindo, Larry Smith, and Sara Harper signed on with Andre as a four-person RAAM team. They are backed by a 12-person international crew.
Team Hope has partnered with Drink Local. Drink Tap. to create and fund their own water project for the St. Charles School in Uganda.