RACE ACROSS AMERICA 2014
WHO: Minnesota cyclist and endurance athlete trainer Bob McEnaney riding the Race Across America (RAAM) on behalf of Minnesota Military Family Founda:on (MMFF).
WHAT: RAAM is a transcontinental bicycle race starting on the west coast and finishing on the east coast. It is known as one of the toughest competitions in the world, as the cyclist not only races over 3,000 miles, 12 states and 170,000 vertical feet of climbing, but they must do so within a 12 day time span. This means that McEnaney must ride between 250 – 350 miles EACH day to complete the race in time. This is twice the distance of the Tour de France in half the amount of time.
WHEN: June 10 – 22, 2014
WHERE: The race covers 3,000 miles across the Rockies, the heartland of America, and finally the Appalachians. RAAM begins in Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland.
WHY PARTICIPATE: RAAM is widely respected throughout the world as one of the most intensely challenging events in all of sports. This is a monumental challenge for any athlete to be a part of, especially when riding for such an important cause. All proceeds from Ride for a Reason benefit MMFF, a 501(c)3 charity (EIN:41-1815585).
MINNESOTA MILITARY FAMILY FOUNDATION
The MMFF supports deployed Minnesota military personnel, their spouses and children with grants during times of extraordinary financial hardship. All funds raised stay within the state of Minnesota, and because of their low overhead, the MMFF expense ratio was .07%, less than a penny per dollar.
McEnaney and Ride for a Reason chose to support the MMFF because he grew up as a military child. Both his father and grandfather served as army medics before sealing in southern Minnesota. He has a deep tie to support military families and would like to use this opportunity to give back.
“These 2 weeks of intense physical labor on my part are nothing in comparison to what our soldiers sacrifice,” McEnaney says. “My pain and sacrifice may go away aber the 12 days of cycling, but these families live it every day. As I journey across this great country, I will be riding for the soldiers and their families knowing that we are raising money to make their lives just a little bit better!”
ABOUT RIDE FOR A REASON
Ride for a Reason is an organization is set to promote fun and healthy activities that foster individual health and recreation, while raising both funds and awareness for a variety of local charities. Beginning in 2012, founder Bob McEnaney cycled in the Furnace Creek 508 in California – 508 miles in 48 hours across the Mojave Desert and Death Valley with over 35,000 feet of mountain climbing – to raise funds for high school hockey player Jack Jablonski.
“This new program will combine exciting cycling and running events with an opportunity to give back to the community,” says McEnaney. “We are partnering with local businesses, charities, as well as world-class and everyday athletes alike to not only share the passion for what we love, but to make a difference.”
Thank you to our corporate sponsors for your generosity and support. Without you, Ride for a Reason would not be able to take part in RAAM or raise funds for the Minnesota Military Family Foundation.
Lancet Data Sciences - Platinum Sponsor
Dellwood Country Club - Platinum Sponsor
St. Croix Orthopeadics - Silver Sponsor
Integrity Dental Care - Bronze Sponsor
Clear Channel - Media Sponsor