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About RAAM

RAAM - Race Across America is widely recognized as the longest, toughest running endurance and challenging bicycle race for the last 35 years and a tribute to human endurance. From Pacific coast to Atlantic coast across United States nonstop through 12 states, 5 long rivers, 88 countries-a distance of 4925 kms. It is open to solo racers as well as 2, 4 and 8 person team. Solo racers must qualify by competing in one of the 30 qualifying events worldwide.

RAAM has been challenging ultra cyclists from all over the world to push their physical limits to their farthest reaches. It is voted as one of the world's 10 most extreme challenges. Unlike most multi day bicycle races like the three great European Grand Tours (Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro de Italia) RAAM is not stage based. There is no specified distance to travel each day, also there are no designated rest periods for food and sleep. Sleep is optional. The clock runs continuously, the winner is the rider who can combine fast riding with infrequent stops.

INDIA's Race Across America - In the last 35 years there has been no solo representative to have finished RAAM. The only time Indians finished the race was when the Mahajan Brothers completed it in 2015, in the "Team of two". Now we have a representative who not only qualifies for solo representation but is the strong prospect for India in the world of cycling, he is Dr. Amit Samarth.

DR. AMIT SAMARTH

"A sheer passion to stay fit and the will to dare is his driving force."

Dr. Amit Samarth will be the first Indian to race RAAM solo and finish it. Dr. Amit Samarth will be participating in RAAM in 2017. Preparations include not just unimaginable, rigorous endurance training but also a dedicated process of acclimatizing himself for harsh physical conditions including the weather. He is a doctor by profession but likes to make a mark in different walks of life. After completing MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur he went ahead to do a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Maryland USA. He has already brought glory to the country by participating in various national and international marathon and triathlon events in the last couple of years.

As an endurance athlete he has to his credits - 8 Ironman 70.3, RAAM Qualifier-Deccan Cliffhanger 643 kms cycle race from Pune to Goa in 27 hrs, more than 100 half marathons and 8 full marathons. He is the 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and has completed 1000 km Brevet from India Gate -Wagah border-New Delhi in 54 hrs.

Dr. Amit Samarth has already been a crew member for Seana Hogan(6 times RAAM winner in women category) in the month of June 2016 and proved to be crucial part of the team, in assisting the 58 year old complete her last RAAM attempt. When there is an unthinkable challenge ahead of him, Dr. Samarth is at peace. When his every muscle and sinew is exercised to the point of exhausted exhilaration, he is happy. And he chose to actively share that happiness with those around him.

He is the founder of ProHEALTH Foundation, a public health professional, an endurance athlete and promoter for sports for health. He believes that though athletics is an adventure sport, it is not just competing and dreaming big but the participants get to know about different world of marathons.

RAAM PATH

Contact

E-mail: amit@prohealthfoundation.org
Ritu Jain: +91-9850046444
Dr. Amit Samarth: +91-9944019316

Contact

ProHEALTH Foundation,
Kanchan Vrinda Apt.,
Khare Town, Dharampeth,
Nagpur - 440010

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