Beginning June 15, 2019, Fire Velo of San Bernardino County, CA will embark on an extraordinary journey that will test their physical limits and mental toughness and commitment to cancer awareness and prevention for firefighters. As a competitor in Race Across America (RAAM), Fire Velo will endure 3,000 miles on their bicycles across the length of the North American Continent, from Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean.
Fire Velo is a “Fire Service” based cycling club, whose mission is to help other firefighters. Our main focus is on cancer awareness within the fire service. Fire Velo has chosen the “Toughest Race” to symbolize the “toughest battle” that cancer patients face 24 hours a day during their fight. Our hope is to race, over mountains and through the valleys, to the finish line just as a cancer patient does to get to the finish line of remission.
The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM offers long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities. Fewer than 2,500 cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982. Solo winners complete the course in under 9 days, and winning teams complete the journey in less than 6 days. These modern day heroes brave the desert, plains and mountain weather, lead a crew and a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world.
“This year, RAAM celebrates 38 years of uniting people from around the world with a shared love for cycling and adventure through team bonding, struggle and a strong sense of accomplishment,” says Fred Boethling, owner of RAAM and Solo and two-man team finisher. “It’s man against the elements, the road, and ultimately, him or herself.”
Follow Team Fire Velo 935 on Facebook. Follow our on progress in this year’s Race Across America, visit RAAM online.
Sponsorship and Fundraising Assistance
Team Fire Velo 935 is raising awareness of the high rate of cancer in the fire service. Team Fire Velo 935’s participation in the Race Across America (RAAM) in June 2019 is on behalf of the San Bernardino County Firefighters IAFF Local 935 Thomas Gould Fund.
Fire Velo is a dedicated group of fire service cyclists that have a passion for our sport and a willingness to share it with others. In order to raise money and awareness for IAFF Local 935 Thomas Gould Fund and help fund our 4 person attempt to complete RAAM, we have created a wide range of sponsorship opportunities. With these sponsorships, your company will be associated with one of the toughest athletic events in the world and a portion of your sponsorship will be donated directly to the IAFF Local 935 Thomas Gould Fund.
The annual Race Across America (RAAM), labeled “The Toughest Race in the World” by Outside Magazine, is a 3,000+ mile bicycle race in which participants traverse the United States from California to Maryland. The route touches 12 states and climbs over 170,000 feet and is 50% longer than the Tour de France. Racers ride 24 hours a day with wildly fluctuating temperatures, ranging from 100+ in the desert to freezing in the Rocky Mountains.
Fire Velo has chosen the “Toughest Race” to symbolize the “toughest battle” that cancer patients face 24 hours a day during their fight. Our hope is to race, over the mountains and through the valleys, to the finish line just as a cancer patient does to get to the finish line of remission.
To learn more about Fire Velo and RAAM please visit the websites www.firevelo.com and www.raceacrossamerica.org . Please contact Sean Jackson (909)234-9957 or Tim Goforth (760) 835-3220 with questions. We look forward to working with you on this endeavor.
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