June 10, 2016 – Michael Conti (Park City, Utah) is getting ready to start the Race Across America (RAAM), a 3067.5 mile bike race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. The race begins on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The race winners are expected to finish in under 9 days.
Conti qualified for RAAM by winning the 863.2-mile Race Across the West in the Solo Division in 2 days, 17 hours, and 17 minutes in 2015. The RAAW runs over a portion of the RAAM course. The 44 year old Conti will be one of 42 solo starters in this year’s event. Over the years, fewer than 325 solo racers have finished the event since its first year in 1982. This is his first time racing RAAM.
The race follows a south central route through the U.S., starting in California and traveling through Arizona, southeast Utah, Colorado, and beyond before finishing in Maryland. Racers will climb 179,472.9 feet during the event, visiting elevations ranging from 187 feet below sea level to 10857 feet above sea level.
Conti will be raising funds for ALS Crowd, a non-profit that works to connect ALS patients with doctors and current research. (For more, see http://www.alscrowd.org/ )
Track Conti’s progress on course at the RAAM website: http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/live-tracking.html
Donate to ALS Crowd: https://give.crowdcare.org/campaign/race-across-america-to-beat-als/c83846
Event Details: Race Across America, Start: June 14, 2016 in Oceanside, California. Finish in Annapolis, Maryland. For more information, and to track the racers, see http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/