GEAR, Rules, Registration Forms
The Gear Book, Rules, and a Registration Forms are three major documents you will to compete in RAW. Each of these documents will be emailed to registered racers in early January of the given race year.ﾠ Be sure your entire team is familiar with these documents.
The Gear Book is a critical document to understand RAW. It contains: general information, resources, start and finish line logistics and details, route book descriptions, and other vital information. Please distribute this to every member of your team. It contains all current schedules and reference information you will need to prepare and compete in RAW.
The Racing Rules of RAW contained here is a draft version, the official rules are included in the route book provided to you at the start. Any changes from this draft to the official version will be discussed at the racer and crew chief meetings in Oceanside. Be sure every member of your team thoroughly studies this document.
The Registration Forms will be necessary in Oceanside to check-in and make final preparations for the race. It also contains instructions for bicycle and vehicle setups and inspection requirements.
NOTE: YOU MUST PRINT AND COMPLETE ALL REGISTRATION FORMS PRIOR TO RACE CHECK-IN.
The Hotel Guide is a document that comes in handy while on course. It has information about hotels along the race course proved to be valuable.
All RAW Racers must comply with the the WADA International Standard List.
Use the buttons below to download these documents.
*NOTE: The Registration Forms document has all the forms required however you will need to make multiple copies for additional vehicles, crew and equipment.
City of Oceanside
Staffed Time Stations
City of Durango
Also Visit www.visitoceanside.org
Also visit www.durango.org
La Quinta Inn
937 N Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054
1440 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92058
Official Race Hotels
The 2017 Route is updated as FINAL as of May! ﾠThe route for 2017 is almost identical to the 2016 route, except for any required detours. ﾠIf we learn of any route changes prior to printing the Route Book the following files will be updated and the notation "PRELIMINARY" will be changed to "FINAL". Keep in mind that each year a few businesses change and roads change. Weﾠmake those updates and changes as soon as we are aware of them.
Below you will find the information we have about the 2017 route. All 2017 route information is Preliminary Draft form, though it will change very little from now until the race.
RAAM GPS Data for 2017 can be found in the GPS Support tab above.
KMZ file for a Google Earth flyover.
RAW Route – Turns, Time Stations, and the route (Preliminary 2017)
For Electronic Navigation, please refer to the article about Electronic Navigation.
These Time Stations links are from 2015.
Public Relations Tool Kit
A solid Public Relations effort should be an integral part of your race effort. It will help tell your
story to a larger audience and increase exposure for your sponsors and the people who have
supported your race effort.
Each year, more than 1,500 stories are presented through all forms of media markets. These
stories span the globe and have a broad range in content.ﾠYour stories are what help grow the
audience, maintain sponsor and charity relationships, and further engage the broader cycling
community.ﾠWell executed PR can extend your story well beyond the two weeks of the race.
Story ideas include:
If you have a story you would like help telling to major media outlets, primarily US based,
please email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
PR Toolkit Downloads
We hope you find this toolkit helpful. Please contact us contact us with any questions or concerns.
RAW Media Information
Press Release Template
Get to the Start ... and then Get to the Finish! That's what this section is all about.
Getting to the start of RAW is as much of a challenge as racing across the country to arrive at the finish as an official RAW Finisher. The preparation and the race experience will be different for every Team or Solo. Some are competing to win, some are racing to have fun and some have disaster strike. There is no one way to do the race. This section will serve as a guide offering articles on pieces of the race, including preparing for and during the race. They provide the beginnings of planning and things to consider, from there you develop the plan for your race.
These articles are about various aspects of the race. They are written by RAW and RAAM veterans. They are largely drawn from personal experience and they draw on previously published material and books.
Race Across The West Logo Usage Guidelines:
In order to preserve the coherence of its image and fulfill contractual obligations,
the RAW logo must be correctly implemented.
Screen Printing Process
1 Color – Black
For black and white only reproduction.
Use on white only background.
2 Colors - Black and Blue
Use with 2 color process.
Use on a light background.
See color scheme table below.
Use the following color schemes for the Blue in the color logo.
C=68 M=34 Y=0 K=0 : R=81 G=145 B=205 : Pantone Coated #279 : WED #5191CD
Color RAW .JPG
Color RAW .AI
Greyscale RAW .JPG
Greyscale RAW .AI
Download Files Below
Download Files Below
Join RAW management as we present our Crew Seminars to help you prepare for the race of your life! We will teach you what we know and put out all the tips and tricks we've learned over the years from experience and talking with other Racers and Crews.
The Crew Seminars are an invaluable way to prepare for the logistics of RAAM, RAW, RAAM Qualifiers or any endurance event that requires/uses a crew. As one Crew Chief said, "It is a MUST attend for every new Team Manager, Crew Chief and as many crew as possible."
Seminars cover a broad range of topics following a time line leading up to, during and after the race.ﾠ Each seminar will be interactive; you will have to think and evaluate the same way you would have to during RAAM or RAW.
Topics will include:
Time: 9am to 5pm
Who: Anyone, but typically Racers and Crew.
Sign up: RAAM Store
Sacramento, CA - January 20, 2018
La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road
Carmichael, CA 95608
Austin, TX - February 10, 2018
201 University Oaks Blvd #1100
Round Rock, TX 78664
Leeds, England - February 24, 2018
29 East Parade
Leeds, England LS1 5PS
Dublin, OH - March 10, 2018
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc.
5555 Frantz Rd
Dublin, OH 43017
2018 RAW Seminar Dates
NOTE: All GPS information contained in this area is for the Race Across America. All Race Across The West participants should follow the same data up to the Durango Time Station.
About a month before the race we will have final GPS data files corresponding to the route published in the 2016 Route Book to which racers must conform. These files will be labeled as RAAM2016(FINAL) when they are posted here.ﾠ Because GPS units are sometimes complicated to program with race information it is strongly recommended that each RAAM support crew become familiar with the specific GPS system they will be using during the race in time so that problems uploading race data and then displaying it so that it can be easily used are identified with sufficient time to resolve them before the race begins.ﾠ Crews that haven’t done this have been unknowingly led off the route specified in the Route Book by believing their GPS units which had not been properly uploaded with FINAL race data.
What follows are links to various computer files which you may download for use in your GPS devices.ﾠ Preliminary versions available for review and practice with GPS systems are labeled PRELIMINARY rather than FINAL and must not be relied upon to correspond to the Route Book when published in hard copy.
The files are in ASCII text comma separated values format (indicated by the .CSV file name) and may be opened in any text editor (notepad, etc.) or word processor or as spreadsheets with Excel or compatible software for editing and sorting. Many of the GPS devices have vendor proprietary data formats which only their units will accept so the files supplied here will in most cases have to be translated before being uploaded to a GPS processing handheld/automobile receiver.ﾠ Programs to do this are normally provided on an installation CD that accompanies GPS receivers with data upload capability.ﾠ For those with some computer expertise, or lacking the vendor installation CD, GPSBabel is a free downloadable program with translators to and from a many GPS data formats.
These CSV files have three fields (columns) in each record (line in the file):ﾠ latitude in degrees, longitude in degrees (negative degrees indicate West longitude), and name.
You should check your GPS operations against the directions as they will appear in the route book to be sure your GPS device is properly displaying the correct information.
Download the RAW2018-Directions.PDF file ﾠ(Preliminary 2018).
More GPS file info and help
Be extremely reluctant to let GPS devices or mapping software create routes for you or, even more dangerously, recompute routing automatically when traffic problems or road construction is sensed ahead.ﾠ RAAM does not allow for racers to leave the route prescribed in the Route Book for these or other considerations without an approved route change from the Race Director transmitted from Race Headquarters.
Experience with popular devices and software in the past:
The route designer will also try to answer specific questions about GPS and RAAM2017 sent to email@example.com.
Gear, Rules, Forms
PR Tool Kit