I'm Randy Mouri and this blog is about my quest to be an official finisher in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM), the toughest endurance race in the world. It's over and I became an official solo finisher in 11 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes! We continue to raise money and awareness on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NoVa). If you would like to make a donation to Habitat NoVa, please visit my page on Habitat’s site. Endless thanks to our sponsors and all the folks that have made such generous contributions. Team Mouri would not have been able to travel so comfortably, which certainly may have changed the outcome of the race.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RAAM Crew Seminar

The Raleigh RAAM Crew Seminar was fun and informative.  There were approximately 35 potential crew members and racers in attendance. George Thomas, RAAM veteran and race director, was the presenter.  He was funny and engaging.  The seminar was based on RAAM crewing history.  Some his and a lot of others.

George, far end of the table, preparing his material.
Friends and families don't always stay that way after crewing for RAAM, as he proceeded to tell story after story of crewing gone bad.  This all led to the importance of a good crew chief and his or her ability to train, delegate and trust that the crew will do what was necessary within their roles for a successful and enjoyable race.

Our end of the conference table looked like a snack bar.
There were a couple of racers in the seminar that have yet to RAAM Qualify (RQ).  I believe they are entered in the Sebring 24 hour Challange, so it will be nice to bump into them to catch up and see how things are going.  My suggestion to them would be to join forces and race as a team, if they do not RQ at Sebring.

Lynn Lashley, a strong rider I rode with some during the Elite PAC Tour (ET), met us for dinner after the seminar.  She said that she would've attended, but was getting ready for knee surgery next month and didn't think the she'd recover in time for RAAM.  She RQ'd at the Texas Time Trials and by completing the ET within the time limits each day.  It was fun to see her.

The ride home was quick, but it seemed like the minds were stirring with a lot of questions and ideas.  So with Susie at the helm and Stephanie shot gun, Rich and Troy were free to surf and turf (not sure exactly what the means, but it sounds good...like food).  Needless to say we are all anxious for June 2011.

Psyched for a little RAAM research on the way home.

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