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Welcome To Race Across the East


Race Across the East challenges ultracyclists from around the globe to take on the toughest terrain the eastern USA has to offer. Starting in Blanchester, OH and following approximately the last 630 miles of the Race Across America route, winding through five states, and finishing on the famed Boardwalk of Atlantic City, NJ.

Starting in Blanchester, the route goes east across southern Ohio, the Ohio River, into the Appalachian Foothills of West Virginia, up and over the Appalachians, descends through the rolling hills and farmland of Pennsylvania and Maryland, across the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers, onto the Atlantic Coastal Plain to the Atlantic Ocean. The route offers the best of the American heartland!

Open to all cyclists wishing to race solo, 2- or 4-person teams, RAE is the only RAAM-style qualifying race for Race Across America in the Northeast United States. The race is held in conjunction with Race Across America, with RAE racers reaching the finish line just ahead of the bulk of the RAAM race field. The total route is 630 miles with 39,586 ft. of elevation gain. Solo racers have 63 hours to complete the route; team will have 55 hours. All entrants, solo and team, must race with a support crew.

Becoming a RAE finisher means you have successfully pushed yourself to the upper levels in ultracycling.  Wearing the official finisher’s jersey means you have completed an adventure that few cyclists will ever attain.  RAE will stand on its own as one of the crown jewels of ultracycling…don’t miss your opportunity to shine!

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Who and Why?

Racers from all walks of life are invited to step up to take on RAE, from professional cyclists to doctors and computer programmers.  The race field is predominately amateur racers with full time jobs and a lot of passion for the bike.  

The reasons of why take on such a grueling challenge are wide in scope. For many it is not a single reason, but a combination.  Racers desire a true challenge, they want to set a record, and share an experience with a group of friends. RAE is also a unique platform for raising money for charitable causes.

Racers willing to challenge themselves at such an extreme have found that people are fascinated by their devotion to a cause and are more than willing to support that desire. Or, they are using RAE as a testing ground to prepare for Race Across America (RAAM).

Media Exposure

Fans from all over the world will follow RAE. They can stay up to date on the web with live GPS tracking, through the bi-weekly RAAM Newsletter, race blogs, social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and traditional mainstream media (television, radio and print). This coverage provides substantial value to both sponsors and charities.

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Race Across the East Staff

RAE is run by the Race Management team of Race Across America, and who also happen to race bicycles. RAE's executive team is led by Fred Boethling, President (2X RAAM finisher) and Rick Boethling, Executive Director and RAE founder. Jeff Magnuson is the Director. Together they bring a strong business and racing background to RAE and have surrounded themselves with a group of seasoned professionals to make RAE one of the premier endurance races in the world.

Executive Staff


Fred Boethling - President and CEO


Rick Boethling - VP and Executive Director


Jeff Magnuson - Director

Race Staff


Vic Armijo - RAAM Media

Russell Lee - Director of Officials


Peter Moffett - GPS & Route

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