The Race Across USA is a 140-day stage race across the USA to raise awareness about childhood “inactivity”, to raise money for the 100 Mile Club® and to sign up as many schools as possible along the way. This event starts in Huntington Beach, CA on January 16, 2015.
According to the CDC, childhood “inactivity” has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 18% (or almost one in five) children, aged 6-19 in the United States are obese. Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are, therefore, more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. But what can be done?
The Goal of the Race
The goals for the Race Across USA are three fold:
- Raise awareness about the “inactivity” epidemic in young people
- Raise funds to sponsor students who cannot afford the cost of the 100 Mile Club® (it costs $10 per year to pay for administration, postage and the incentives)
- Visit schools along the route with the hope of starting new club
The route will start in California and end in Maryland, covering a total of 13 states (CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, AR, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD) plus Washington DC. Ten athletes will run the entire width of the United States. In addition, a limited number of others may sign up to run a state. The total distance of the route from coast to coast is approximately 3,000 miles. The entire journey will take 140 days to run. Rest days have been added so that runners can visit schools along the way. On Day 2, the runners will stop briefly at the headquarters of the 100 Mile Club® in Norco, CA. On Day 139, the runners will also stop at the White House in Washington DC to show their appreciation for the First Lady’s support of this important issue.
If you are interested in applying to join the core team of this once-in-a-lifetime event, please contact us to schedule an interview.