Reston Patch.com’s Karen Goff covers the story: Len Forkas, the founder of Reston’s Milestone Communications and the nonprofit Hopecam, crossed the finish line in the Race Across America on Sunday Night…
What I took away from this is how true the statement ‘anything is possible’ is. I had read about RAAM almost since it began and knew that it took 20 hours of riding a day… But seeing a rider turn themselves inside out day after day is not something that I could truly understand until you see it.
Watching Len pop out if bed with energy and enthusiasm after a 90 minute rest would not seem believable if I had not witnessed over and over. Knowing a few dozen others, men and women, were doing the same, made it not just real, but necessary.
Seeing what is possible with such perfect focus and commitment, I have to wonder how much we all leave undone when we say ‘enough’.
I know I have radically changed my opinion of where our limits are, and if seeing the incredible capacities we all have drives us to give a bit more in our lives, then this race will pay dividends for us all for a long time.
We have decided to move the party to the City Dock. We should be there with light refreshments and drinks by 6:30 or 7 pm. Look for the orange Hopecam tent! He is expected around 7:30 or 8:00. Please join us if you are able!! It would mean the world to Len to have his friends and family there!
Len climbed through one of the most difficult sections of the race yesterday afternoon in the Allegheny Mountains, an appropriate place to thank the Fairfax County Fire Fighters and Fairfax County for their hard work supporting our community and their support to Hopecam, including two of the team’s crew, Greg Wood and Kenny Gates!
Please note to those of you attending the reception and joining us to watch Len cross the finish line, Len is not expected to cross now until 7 or 8 pm. We have moved the reception to 3 pm and will be transporting folks over to the city dock around 7 pm. Stay tuned to the blog for any future updates!!
Today was a disciplined day. We rode smart and careful to protect Len, his lead on the age group, and catch the mistakes accumulating fatigue is causing us all to make.
We even see the other racers helping each other out. The biggest cheers we get all day are from the racers (mostly for the open category of younger racers, one woman who started a day ahead of the men and an amazing 60 year old who is also racing with a 1 day head start). We share fruits and snacks among the crew (racer diets are deep secrets), as we share this amazing experience.
We can almost smell the finish … We are excited to see the final results, but eager to get home and have more than two shirts to wear.
Len passes through TS45 in Ellenboro, West Virginia
With only 10 time stations in the Race Across America remaining, Len passed through TS45 in Ellenboro, West Virginia at 8:25 this morning. Hopecam thanks Barry Moss, Ed Gosselin, McGuire Woods Consulting and Jack Dale for their support!
Ellenboro was named for Ellen Mariah Williamson, the eldest daughter of the family that granted a right of way for the Baltimore Ohio railroad. It is a very rural area along the Ohio River with a lot of wildlife. Annual rainfall is 45 inches. (Source: Flint Hill School students)
We know you’re singing it, too… “Take Me Home, Country Road!”
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal: The winning team arrived in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, while a new rookie pace record was set by Swiss cyclist Reto Schoch, finishing the 3,000-mile journey in just 8 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes. Early this morning, the leading woman, Trix Zgraggen, also of Switzerland, cycled to Annapolis` City Dock. As many as six other solo riders find themselves on the cusp of reaching the shores of Chesapeake Bay today.
At the same time, Len Forkas is still leading the solo male 50-59 age group while he pushes across Ohio and into West Virginia today. The weather will be… Read More»