Race Across America
In 2014, a team of eight cyclists raised money for the Foundation by competing in the Race Across America, one of the most highly respected endurance sports events in the world.
Race Across America is the equivalent of a non-stop time trial from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. It starts in Oceanside, California, and crosses the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains before finishing in Annapolis, Maryland 3,000 miles later. Traversing no fewer than 12 US states, it is about 30% longer than the Tour de France, with teams covering up to 500 miles each day.
The team cycled in relay non-stop from start to finish, pedalling hard through the night and irrespective of the weather conditions, tackling on the way climbs totalling approximately 170,000 vertical feet.
None of the costs of entering the Race Across America fell on the Charity, having been borne in full by the fundraisers themselves and/or members of Michael’s family. Every penny raised benefited directly the young people whom MMF supports. This has been a guiding principle of the Foundation from the start.