Race Across America
For 36 years, Race Across America has been challenging ultracyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. Starting in Oceanside, California, under one of the state’s longest piers, RAAM spans 3,000 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. It also passes 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, two-, four- and eight-person relay teams, RAAM is like no other race in the world. RAAM 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 it also 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 five years. Becoming an official RAAM finisher means claiming ultra-racing’s most coveted jersey and medal and, for the lucky few who win their race division, the prized USA plaque. It also means being among the elite family who call themselves RAAM Finishers. RAAM will always sit at the pinnacle of ultra-racing accomplishments.