Have you heard of the Race Across America (RAAM)? It is known as the “World’s Toughest Bicycle Race” as racers race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, Maryland. I’ve never heard of this race before this year. I can’t imagine riding a bicycle for 3,000 miles across America in 6 days, can you?
Ohio CycleWorks Charities Race for Akron Children’s Hospital
I’m excited that there is an Ohio charity team, Ohio CycleWorks Chartities racing to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital! I think it is pretty incredible that this group of 8 athletes are doing this to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital. All of the riders are from the greater Akron, Ohio area.
So far, Ohio CycleWorks Charities has raised $90,495 toward their goal of $100,000 for the race and Akron Children’s Hospital. You can donate too on their homepage. $69,000 of the goal will go directly to Akron Children’s Hospital to benefit the children served there. The racers also plan to donate bicycles to be given to the children. Akron Children’s Hospital treat more than 600,000 patients each year from across the country and around the world. We are so fortunate to have world-class care in neonatology, pediatric nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonary medicine and more in Akron, Ohio. Akron Children’s Hospital is near and dear to my heart since my son was treated in their pediatric ICU upon birth and received amazing care!
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Ohio CycleWorks Charities Sponsored by SenseAware
Ohio CycleWorks is sponsored by SenseAware, powered by FedEx. SenseAware is a new shipping option that provides you with near real-time access all your shipments’ vital stats. With SenseAware, you know the current location of your shipment, the temperature, exposure to light, relative humidity, and barmetric pressure. Companies like Akron Children’s Hospital that need to track precious, irreplaceable items can appreciate this new service! To gauge how SenseAware works, the Ohio CycleWorks Charities riders are wearing SenseAware devices throughout the race. We are able to track the team through a web-based platform.
You can watch the Ohio team’s journey with SenseAware data on their SenseAware blog. I had hoped that they would be riding through Akron, Ohio so my kids and I could cheer them on, however, they are taking a more southern route. Today, June 22, 2012, they rode through Cincinnati, Ohio in 92.4 degree temps! I’m sure they are looking forward to the cooler weather we are expecting this weekend to finish the race strong.
The SenseAware service is especially valuable for companies who ship high-value, highly sensitive products.
I received compensation from FedEx for covering the use of SenseAware® technology during the 2012 Race Across America. My ideas and opinions relayed in this blog post and any related Twitter discussions are the my own and are not provided by FedEx or its affiliates and subsidiaries.