Chris Hodges, Director of Waterville Valley’s Department of Public Safety, is quite an athlete – an avid cyclist and runner. On June 10, Chris headed to Oceanside, California to support another exceptional athlete – Brett Walker. Brett is participating for the second time in the Race Across America (RAAM), known as the ultimate race of truth; a 3,000+ mile bike race across the country.
Brett is racing solo. That means no drafting and no teammates to help share the work. The race started today and the goal is simple…get across the country as quickly as possible.
Chris is a member of Brett’s support team. The support crew’s job is to keep Brett safe and nourished during the 11+ days it will take him to (hopefully) complete the race.
According to Brett’s Facebook page, racers can ride as long as they want, sleep as much or as little as they want, and rest anywhere along the route. But once the clock starts, it doesn’t stop until the racer reaches the finish line.
Brett Walker is an experienced ultra cyclist from Salisbury, NH. He is the 2008 Ultra Marathon Association 24 Hour North American Champion, holds the course record for the Adirondack 540, the Adirondack Silver Sojourn, as well as the age-group record at the Sebring 24. Brett is also the 2008 Ultra Cycling Cup points champion and has won several RAAM qualifiers. He was also on the 2009 winning 4-man RAAM team, Team Strong Heart (standard bike.)
In 2007, after two years of intense training, Brett became the first Granite State resident to complete the prestigious Race Across America (RAAM), with an official time of 11 days, 11 hours, and 2 minutes. Overcoming nausea, anemia, and a respiratory infection that landed him in a Colorado hospital on day four, Brett rallied back from 20th place, passing 11 competitors, and completed the arduous 3,043-mile course with an overall finish of ninth place. He was the second American finisher and the first from New England. As a result he raised almost $10,000 for the Special Olympics. You can learn more about his 2007 race here.
As part of the 2011 effort, Brett will be working with the Silent Sports Foundation and raising money for two charities:
Special Olympics New Hampshire. This non-profit organization empowers individuals who have intellectual disabilities by helping them to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society, through sports training and competition.
Camp Odayin, a residential camp in Minnesota for children with heart disease.
Good luck Brett, Chris and crew!
Above – Brett Walker.
Above – Chris Hodges.