By Bill Plock
303Cycling will be offering week long updates with audio interviews with local nonprofit CEO and avid cyclist, Eleanor Allen, as she and her team compete in the Race Across America (RAAM) to raise $100,000 to provide clean water for those in need. Allen is CEO of Denver-based Water For People, a global nonprofit that builds water systems in 9 countries across Africa, Latin America and India.
George Thomas, “The voice of RAAM” and long-time 303 contributor will interview Eleanor and her team as they travel. You will get the inside scoop of what is going on with this 3,000 mile adventure ending in Annapolis, Maryland.
The race kicked off Saturday, June 15th from Oceanside, CA. As of 11pm Sunday night, the team was heading towards Flagstaff eventually making their way to Durango and riding in the Southern part of Colorado. Allen’s four-person team is aiming to complete the race in 7 days, 6 hours. The route travels west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains. Also, passing through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.
You can follow the EA/WFP team on live tracking here (Tracker) They have traveled the very mountainous route for 533 miles so far at an average speed of 15.9 mph. They are competing with teams from Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Austria, Ireland and others from the United States.
The Cycling For Water team also includes three water engineers from EA Engineering Science and Technology. Allen is training for the race under the direction of The FAST Lab’s Elite Level 1 cycling coach, Kathy Zawadzki, who has donated training in support of this important cause.
To learn more about the team, to become a sponsor, or to donate, please visit www.cyclingforwater.org.