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Race Across America Solo-Rider Honors Kids With Cancer At Each Stop
Updated June 19, 2017 8:08 AM
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(UNDATED) - Len Forkas, a 57-year old solo rider in the Race Across America, will once again tackle the grueling ultra-cycling challenge, Race Across America (RAAM), to raise money for Hopecam, a nonprofit he founded to help children undergoing cancer treatment stay virtually connected to their classmates, friends and support networks.

Forkas has raised more than $760,000 to date, the most for a single rider in RAAM's history with the goal of reaching $1 million. Hopecam has helped more than 1,000 kids in 46 states, several of whom will be recognized throughout the course.

What: Race Across America, the world's most difficult bike race, underway

Who: Len Forkas, RAAM Solo-rider and Hopecam founder, along with several childhood cancer survivors, children currently enduring treatment or family members of children lost to cancer

When: June 13 - June 23


  • Oceanside, Calif. (June 13)

  • Flagstaff, Arizona (June 14)

  • Durango, CO (June16)

  • El Dorado, Kansas (June 18)

  • Jefferson City, MO (June 19)

  • Bloomington, Indiana (June 20)

  • Oxford, Ohio (June 21)

  • Grafton, West Virginia (June 22)

  • Cumberland, Maryland (June 22)

  • Annapolis, MD (Finish, June 23)

Why: To recognize and honor children with cancer and keep them connected to their friends and support networks throughout cancer treatment

The RAAM is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world, spanning 3,089 miles over the Rocky Mountains, through the desert and over the Appalachians. From California to Maryland, it is about 1,000 miles longer than the Tour de France and has to be completed in half the time. The bicycle race is also unique because there are no stages; cyclists rest only as needed, averaging 18-20 hours on the bike per day. The race must be completed in 12 days for solo riders. The 2017 RAAM begins Tuesday, June 13. Based on the race's 35-year history, only half of solo riders will make it to the finish line.

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