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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

2009 Race Across America starts soon

We're about two weeks away from the start of the 2009 Race Across America, and once again the route will be skirting the western and northern parts of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Female racers and men 60+ will begin their trek Tuesday, June 16, the men solo racers begin June 17, and the team begin their competition June 20. All the races begin in Oceanside, Calif., and will end in Annapolis, Md.

The long, lonely route across America enters the St. Louis region with the Washington, Mo., time stations, and time stations are planned for the Mississippi River near West Alton, Mo., and Greenville, Ill. The Washington time station is a change from recent years, when the time station was in Marthasville, Mo.

Racers are expected to start arriving in Washington on June 22, and will gradually filter through the area over the course of three or four days. As I said earlier, it's a long, lonely route without the pelotons of the Tour de France or the Tour of Missouri.

Volunteers are still needed for time stations throughout the country. For more information, you can contact race director Jake Zmrhal at director@raceacrossamerica.org or call 303-956-7226.

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