Race Across America, June 14
"RAAM - Ma"
Kathy Roche-Wallace isn't your typical 50-year-old mother of six and grandmother of two. She is a distance and endurance athlete who has competed in several ironman and triple ironman contests, as well as expedition and adventure races lasting as long as 10 straight days.
But this will be her first time competing in the renowned Race Across America (RAAM), 12 days and 21 hours of non-stop cycling across 12 states. The race, regarded by many as the pinnacle of athleticism, will begin in Oceanside, California, and end in Annapolis, Maryland, for a total of 3,000 miles.
Roche-Wallace has set a goal to ride 250 miles each day. She signed up for the women's solo division, but she will hardly be going it alone. Each rider is assigned two vehicles that follow the entire way to provide assistance and transport crew members like Sherman. He will be in charge of communications for Roche-Wallace during RAAM.
"The crew is pretty pivotal," Roche-Wallace said. "They are very much connected to the rider."
Sherman created a Web page for Roche-Wallace at www.GoKathyGo.com
that links directly to the CNCF Web site where people can donate. Roche-Wallace is seeking corporate sponsors and selling green rubber bracelets with "COURAGE" emboldened on them for $1 to raise additional funds.
You can also connect with Roche-Wallace at her RAAM site
and track her progress.
"Kathy is pretty amazing," Sherman said.