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Hopecam Race Across America Video Diary - Team Hopecam Reaches the Finish Line of RAAM 2012 

Crew Chief’s Thoughts at the Finish

Wow! What an all consuming experience.

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.

Thanks for reading,

John Moore

Len passed through Time Station 51 in Hanoner, Pennyslvania 3 and 1/2 hours after he pedaled into TS 50 in Rouzerville.  He’s riding at an average pace of 11.25 MPH.  At TS 51, thanks go out to Nick and Linda DiValerio and their friends for supporting Hopecam!  Nick and Linda arrived in Annapolis yesterday to prepare for the Finish Celebration.  Like many of us, Nick has been monitoring the race online since the start, but he’s also gotten the inside scoop from Linda, who has been a regular recipient of Len’s calls from the road. 
Thanks also to the great students at the Flint Hill School who have provided us with many fun facts about the RAAM Time Station towns all across the U.S.  Here’s what they tell us about Hanover and Rouzerville:
Hanover was founded by John Digges in 1776 and Thomas Jefferson visited the same year. The population is 15,105 and Pittsburgh Pirates is the favorite team. Raccoon State Park is a 7,500 acre state park where people can ski, swim, camp, hike, boat, and fish. Perhaps its coolest tourist attraction is the UTZ potato chip factory.
A small town of fewer than 900 residents, Rouzerville is home of Red Run Park which is popular with locals and visitors. The cost of living is lower than the national average and you can cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they play at home.

Len passed through Time Station 51 in Hanoner, Pennyslvania 3 and 1/2 hours after he pedaled into TS 50 in Rouzerville.  He’s riding at an average pace of 11.25 MPH.  At TS 51, thanks go out to Nick and Linda DiValerio and their friends for supporting Hopecam!  Nick and Linda arrived in Annapolis yesterday to prepare for the Finish Celebration.  Like many of us, Nick has been monitoring the race online since the start, but he’s also gotten the inside scoop from Linda, who has been a regular recipient of Len’s calls from the road. 

Thanks also to the great students at the Flint Hill School who have provided us with many fun facts about the RAAM Time Station towns all across the U.S.  Here’s what they tell us about Hanover and Rouzerville:

Hanover was founded by John Digges in 1776 and Thomas Jefferson visited the same year. The population is 15,105 and Pittsburgh Pirates is the favorite team. Raccoon State Park is a 7,500 acre state park where people can ski, swim, camp, hike, boat, and fish. Perhaps its coolest tourist attraction is the UTZ potato chip factory.

A small town of fewer than 900 residents, Rouzerville is home of Red Run Park which is popular with locals and visitors. The cost of living is lower than the national average and you can cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they play at home.

Fairfax County Fire FightersLen 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! 

Len has entered the Keystone State, with two stops before a right turn into Maryland again.  The race’s remaining miles will drop to two digits.  Hopecam would like to thank John Jacquemin for his support of the team’s endeavor in the Race Across America to raise nationwide awareness for our organization, and to help more children.

Len has entered the Keystone State, with two stops before a right turn into Maryland again.  The race’s remaining miles will drop to two digits.  Hopecam would like to thank John Jacquemin for his support of the team’s endeavor in the Race Across America to raise nationwide awareness for our organization, and to help more children.

Len’s video dedication to the Race for Hope’s final race day child, Cameron McClain.
The first two checkpoints for Len on Day 12 were at Time Station 48 in Cumberland, Maryland, at just after midnight this morning, and Time Station 49 in Hancock, Maryland at 6:50am.  Hopecam thanks Doug & Barbara Cooper, Taylor Chess, Thomas Murphy, Donna & Richard Perlmutter and Michael Covarrubias for their support.  Two of our crew are using this parking lot at Walmart as a place for a quick nap.
Our friends at the Flint Hill School tell us this about TS 48 and 49:
Cumberland, Maryland, population 21,000, was once known as the “Queen City” and was once Maryland’s second largest city. If you could go on vacation here, you would want to visit the Queen City creamery, stated by the Travel Channel to have the, “best frozen custard in Maryland.” If you lived here, you would support the Fort Hill HS Football and the Maryland Terps. You may even watch the Baltimore Ravens!
Hancock is an old settlement that used to be on the edge of the frontier in Maryland. It rains 38 inches per year and is home to Round Top Hill which is 1,358 feet high. Visitors should also check out the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. The 1,545 residents cheer for the Baltimore Ravens and George Washington wrote about visiting this town in his journal.

The first two checkpoints for Len on Day 12 were at Time Station 48 in Cumberland, Maryland, at just after midnight this morning, and Time Station 49 in Hancock, Maryland at 6:50am.  Hopecam thanks Doug & Barbara Cooper, Taylor Chess, Thomas Murphy, Donna & Richard Perlmutter and Michael Covarrubias for their support.  Two of our crew are using this parking lot at Walmart as a place for a quick nap.

Our friends at the Flint Hill School tell us this about TS 48 and 49:

Cumberland, Maryland, population 21,000, was once known as the “Queen City” and was once Maryland’s second largest city. If you could go on vacation here, you would want to visit the Queen City creamery, stated by the Travel Channel to have the, “best frozen custard in Maryland.” If you lived here, you would support the Fort Hill HS Football and the Maryland Terps. You may even watch the Baltimore Ravens!

Hancock is an old settlement that used to be on the edge of the frontier in Maryland. It rains 38 inches per year and is home to Round Top Hill which is 1,358 feet high. Visitors should also check out the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. The 1,545 residents cheer for the Baltimore Ravens and George Washington wrote about visiting this town in his journal.

Len wrapped up Saturday (Day 11) in West Virginia through Time Station 46 in Grafton and Time Station 47 in Keyser.  Hopecam thanks Elizabeth Hajost, Kelly Argy and James & Kelley Smith for their support. The team has been hitting the laundromat regularly, but this bike rack is doing double duty as a clothesline!
From the students at the Flint Hill School:The population of Grafton is 5,481 people. Mother’s Day originated here in 1908 when Anna Jarvis wanted to start a memorial to her mother. It’s the home of Frank Gatski, who was a pro-football Hall of Famer for the Cleveland Browns. Tygart Lake and Valley Falls State Park are two tourist destinations and the average rainfall is 40 inches per year.
Keyser is home to 5,300 people and is the home of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. A favorite tourist destination is Crusin’ Treats, an ice cream parlor. Nearby Savage River State Forest is a great place to visit as is the annual strawberry festival. The local citizens support the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Len wrapped up Saturday (Day 11) in West Virginia through Time Station 46 in Grafton and Time Station 47 in Keyser.  Hopecam thanks Elizabeth Hajost, Kelly Argy and James & Kelley Smith for their support. The team has been hitting the laundromat regularly, but this bike rack is doing double duty as a clothesline!

From the students at the Flint Hill School:

The population of Grafton is 5,481 people. Mother’s Day originated here in 1908 when Anna Jarvis wanted to start a memorial to her mother. It’s the home of Frank Gatski, who was a pro-football Hall of Famer for the Cleveland Browns. Tygart Lake and Valley Falls State Park are two tourist destinations and the average rainfall is 40 inches per year.

Keyser is home to 5,300 people and is the home of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. A favorite tourist destination is Crusin’ Treats, an ice cream parlor. Nearby Savage River State Forest is a great place to visit as is the annual strawberry festival. The local citizens support the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Meet the Hopecam Support Crew, the team that motivates, strategizes, navigates and keeps the “15 MPH camping trip” cycling to the finish line!

John Moore:  Clevelander, endurance athlete, former tank mechanic in the Marine Corps, resident of Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children.  John, Len & Ed have completed numerous 24-hour mountain bike races in WV, CA and PA.  John has held senior management positions at several communications technology companies, including Cisco, Sun Microsystems and Juniper Networks, setting strategy, feature roadmaps, solutions development and field readiness to make sure that customers have the products and services to use technology for competitive advantage.

Bill Vitek:  Ohio native, best man at Len’s wedding, skier, lives in Denver with his wife and two children.   Bill has completed several “Leadville to Copper” bicycle races for Children’s Hospital of Denver.  He is a senior manager for AECOM and for over 24 years, has balanced his passion for creating, enhancing, and preserving sustainable places with a strong grasp of the business aspects of landscape architecture. Bill  has served in various roles including practitioner, owner, managing partner, regional director, and board member.

Steve Gurney:  native Washingtonian, resident of Reston with his wife and two children, cyclist and co-founder of the Reston Town Center Grand Prix Bicycle Race.  Steve participates regularly in a variety of master’s level sports including cycling, swimming, rowing, and triathlons. He organized the team’s first 500 mile training ride in Oceanside in March of 2012.  In 1990, Steve created the Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook, a publication to help people care for aging family members.  He expanded and sold the business to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington Post and continues to serve as publisher. , Steve serves or has served on dozens of non-profit boards and worked closely with nearly every regional and national organization on aging to help maximize their exposure and helping find solutions to their challenges.

Ed Cepulis:  Clevelander, current  resident of Boulder, CO with his wife and three children.  Ed is a “weekend warrior” athlete who enjoys biking, hiking and skiing, and has participated in several 24-hour mountain bike races and other similar events.  Along with John and Len, Ed competed in his first 24 hour mountain bike racess in Snowshoe, WV.  He introduced the Hopecam team to bike mechanic, Wayne Smith.  Ed works for Cisco Systems, where he has held marketing and sales leadership roles for over 20 years.  

Joe Knill:  Triathlete, century bicycle ride organizer, born in South Bend, Indiana and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Reston resident, husband and father of two daughters.  Joe has completed a number of Olympic distance triathlons, 5K / 10K / 10 mile road races, and multi-day bike rides, anywhere from 2 to 4 days, and distances up to 500 miles.  He has worked for Northrop Grumman over the past 20 years in a number of leadership positions, most recently as a program manager for Federal civilian programs.

Brian Daum:  Pittsburgh native, resident of Reston with his wife and two children.  Brian has been a competitive swimmer since childhood, earning multiple gold medals and two Pennsylvania state high school championship titles.   He continued to swim in college at Lehigh and now competes with the Reston Masters Swim Team.  He has spent the past 20 years in director and executive level financial positions with fast growth public and privately held companies, including his most recent position as Chief Financial Officer of Centrifuge Systems, Inc.

Ed Sickenberger:  multi-lingual (Portuguese, Spanish, French), guitar player, triathlete, resident of Reston with his wife and two college-aged children.  Bill has completed over 40 triathlons, including several half iron-man competitions, and 3 marathons. He is the catalyst for the whole RAAM idea.  Bill has worked with emerging companies his entire career and has successfully guided their growth and ultimate sale as they’ve matured.  He is currently serving as CFO of global mail services company, MSI.