Join Dan Hartley on his journey to Race Across America to benefit DSF!
We have raised over $28,000 of our $1,000,000 goal!
A Word from Dan
I’ve always struggled with finding a cause to advocate and raise money for through my athletic adventures that I felt a personal connection to. Having worked with Nicole for the last several years, she & her family have become my extended family. Her daughter McCall’s Dravet syndrome diagnosis has been heartbreaking and has opened my eyes to a rare disease that affects so many children and families throughout the world. Training for and racing in such high profile, international events like Race Across America and the World Time Trial Championships is a perfect platform for me to raise awareness and much needed funds for a cause that has hit so close to home. Our ongoing efforts will immediately support research for treatments and a cure for years to come. This will directly impact McCall and others like her who are battling Dravet Syndrome every day. We are fighting for their best quality of life. We are cycling for a cure!
Who is Dan?
A 49-year-old, US Navy Veteran and business owner, Dan is a former semi-professional ultra-runner who has competed in numerous ultramarathons and 100-mile races. Having converted to competitive ultra-cycling in 2020, Dan has a full schedule of 24 hour and 500+ mile races on the 2022 and 2023 race calendar in preparation for the world’s toughest bicycle race, Race Across America, in 2024. Follow Dan’s cycling journey to cure Dravet syndrome and join the fight by donating or even cycling for a cure yourself!
What is RAAM?
Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. In 1982, four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered by national television, the race captivated the public’s imagination. Relay Teams were introduced in 1992 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. Team sizes are 2, 4 and 8 persons. Relay Team racing made the event accessible to any fit cyclist. There is no other race in the world like RAAM. There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it – racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play.
Qualifying Race Calendar
- Borrego Springs, CA – Located in Southern California Anza-Borrego Desert
- 60 metal sculptures by Ricardo Brecada
- 6, 12 & 24 Hour Race (Dan will be racing for 24)
- 95 Participants in 24 Hour Solo Race (77 Men & 18 Women representing 14 different countries)
- Overall race record set by Christoph Strasser in 2018 (567.6 miles)
- 2019 winner, Andy Jackson, completed 528.0 miles, which is approximate amount by the winner over the last several years.
- High temps will likely still be in the 90s with lows in the high 60s-low 70s with no rain expected this time of year (Good thing Dan loves the dry dessert heat!)
- Race takes place on a mostly flat, 18-mile scenic loop, where racers will ride for 24 hours
- Why WTTC??… It’s a qualifier for @Raceaccrossamerica which Dan will be racing in 2024!
The Longhorn 500 is challenging – 503 miles with 24,333’ of climbing. The southern and western half of the route is within what is known as Southwest Texas – more remote, larger ranches, with several long steep climbs. The northern and eastern half of the route is within the Hill Country. The 500-mile race is the first RAAM Qualifier road race of the domestic ultra-racing season. It is also a great warm-up for racers and crew planning on doing RAAM in June.
Riders follows a course starting in St. George, and traveling through Hurricane, Colorado City, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Carmel Junction, Bryce, Tropic, Escalante, Boulder, Torrey, Panguitch, Cedar City and back to St. George. It’s a loop course on wonderful, well-maintained, quiet roads with little traffic (in most places) and breath-taking scenery.
More details to come
More details to come