Biking Coast to Coast for Charity
Beginning June 18, Chicago-area alum Marc Micek ’92 will set off on an extraordinary journey that will test his physical limits, mental toughness, and commitment to a cause. As a competitor in Race Across America (RAAM), Micek will ride his bicycle 3,000 miles across North America, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.
A former marathon runner and triathlete, Micek has spent the past year preparing for RAAM, logging approximately 12-15 hours of weekly riding and weight training to get him in race shape. He is also using the event to spearhead a new charitable organization called Athletes Without Frontiers (AWF). The organization will connect endurance athletes around the globe with a select set of charities whose mission is to increase social empowerment of the underprivileged. AWF has selected WISER International as its inaugural charitable partner, and will compete in RAAM to support WISER’s mission to improve the social empowerment of underprivileged girls in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.
“I am extremely excited to compete in Race Across America as a part of Athletes Without Frontiers,” says Micek, who grew up in Manlius, New York, and graduated from SU with degrees in marketing and television, radio, and film management. “Athletes of all types understand how combining individual perseverance with an environment that supports achievement can profoundly improve a person’s opportunity to succeed. AWF believes that those with the greatest ability to persevere are the underprivileged, and I look forward to driving efforts to support their empowerment through charitable giving.”
The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM offers long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities. Fewer than 2,500 cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982. Winning teams complete the journey in less than 6 days. Participants brave the desert, plains, and mountain weather, while raising missions of dollars for charities around the world.