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About Mike

In 2011 I attempted RAAM and lost.  After almost 2300 miles in 8 days, 15 hours and 35 minutes, medical complications forced me to quit the race.  Although many people said that alone was a major accomplishment it was for me, unfinished business.  Now, three years later I am making another attempt. Yes, I learned a lot after my try.  I learned there will be aches, pains and issues you can’t even begin to imagine....   Read More

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About Mike

In 2011 I attempted RAAM and lost.  After almost 2300 miles in 8 days, 15 hours and 35 minutes, medical complications forced me to quit the race.  Although many people said that alone was a major accomplishment it was for me, unfinished business.  Now, three years later I am making another attempt. Yes, I learned a lot after my try.  I learned there will be aches, pains and issues you can’t even begin to imagine.  I learned that after the first 1000 miles it becomes as much of a mental exercise as a physical one.  I also learned that as I raced for personal reasons and for raising funds for Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) there was a wide network of friends, family, acquaintances and people I never met who were supporting me every step of the way. And THAT was truly overwhelming. 

As I did the last time I raced, I am using this event as a means to raise funds for not one, but two different causes.  The first one will again be CAMO.  I have been involved with this organization for fourteen years and still support it with time and resources.  What CAMO has accomplished for the poor and indigent population of Western Honduras with multiple medical and social programs in addition to numerous infrastructure and building projects has been phenomenal.

The second cause I am supporting is the American Cancer Society.  Since my last RAAM race I have personally been touched by friends, family and acquaintances who have battled cancer and won, some who are still battling cancer and some who have lost the battle. More than one million people in the United States get cancer every year.  However, 2 in 3 people diagnosed with cancer survive at least 5 years thanks in part to the American Cancer Society. It is for those reasons that I am also using this race as a vehicle to raise funds for this organization.

Yes, this race is a personal quest.  For whatever reason, I have this desire to push the limits of what I can physically and mentally accomplish.  There are no cash prizes at the end of the race; only the satisfaction of knowing that I have done something very few people can lay claim to.

But, more importantly, if I can use these events as a means to raise funds for these two worthwhile organizations, then my accomplishment will truly be something that I can be proud of.  If you are inclined to donate to one or the other – or both.  Please follow this link to my website where you can input your information along with your pledge amount.  An invoice will be mailed to you after the race.  Both organizations are 501(c)(3) so your contributions are fully tax deductible.

If you do not pledge anything that is fine as well.  I will ask however that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers as the RAAM is billed as the most difficult race on the planet.  I will be averaging 250 to 300 miles a day, averaging 3 hours of sleep daily and have twelve days to be an official finisher.

The race starts 6/10/14 in Oceanside California at 12:00 pm Pacific time.  You can track my progress through my race team website which will be continually updated with blogs, pictures and videos.

Mike