Race Across America: History of the Race

Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement in cycling circles and the greater sporting community. 
RAAM has a rich and storied history. In 1982 four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered by national television, the race captivated the public’s imagination.

Teams were added in 1992 and quickly became the most popular and fastest-growing segment of the race. Relay team racing made the event accessible to any reasonably fit cyclist. The 2017 race will be the 36th edition of RAAM and the 12th year starting in Oceanside, CA. There is no other race in the world like RAAM. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it — racer, crew, staff and fans alike.

RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie. The ideal combination of work and fun! There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, and no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end.

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