Cyclists race 3,000 miles via Blanchester

Local volunteers, items sought for Race Across America

News Journal

BLANCHESTER — The 35th edition of the Race Across America — a 3,000-mile bike race from California to Maryland — will again stop in Blanchester, the week of June 20-25.

“When the racers come into town they have already been racing for over 2,400 miles,” said Blanchester cyclist and race Race Across America Time Station Manager John McFaddin. “The Race Across America is ranked as one of the toughest races in the world. This year there will be 28 countries represented, with 41 teams racing and 42 solo racers.”

McFaddin said the time station will again be set up at the Blanchester McDonald’s.

“We will be manning the Time Station 24 hours a day during this time, so please come out and support the racers, the crews and the volunteers.”

If you would like to donate at the Time Station, contact John McFaddin at or his wife, Amy McFaddin at, or call or text them at 937-728-4055 or 937-728-4071.

Besides donating your time at the Time Station, you may also be a “RAAM reporter” and post photos and comments to the “Time Station 42 (RAAM)” Facebook page.

Riders, crews and Time Station volunteers also appreciate cookies, cold drinks, pizza and other goodies, and the Time Station can always use coffee, tea, cream and sugar, fruit, power bars, water, medical supplies — and even companies or organizations cheering on the riders.

Local sponsors of the time station include Village of Blanchester, McDonald’s, the Ohio RAAM Show, UDF, Laurels of Blanchester, Elevation, Chamois Butt’r and RoadID.

You can also follow the race at
Local volunteers, items sought for Race Across America

News Journal