Jake Holscher is preparing to embark on a grueling 3,000 mile bike ride, Race Across America, June 10-22, and will use this challenging event as an opportunity to promote organ donation and honor his mother, Louise Holcher,... and his friend, Garrett Schlichtemeier, who were both organ donors from his hometown of Ogallala, NE. Contestants have only 288 hours to race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD.
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Jake Holscher, Ogallala, NE Native Prepares for Bicycle Race of a Lifetime-Across the USA
Beginning June 10, 2014, Jake Holscher, formerly of Ogallala, NE will embark on an extraordinary journey that will test his limits physically, and his mental resilience and commitment to a cause, organ donation. As a competitor in Race Across America (RAAM) Powered by Trane, Holscher, will endure 3,000 miles as he bicycles across the length of the American Continent, from the Pacific to Atlantic. Throughout this race, Jake will promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of giving life through organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Race Across America (RAAM) Powered by Trane, known as the "world's toughest bicycle race", will set over 200 competitors on a 3,000-mile route stretching from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Athletes race continuously day and night under their own power or share the challenge with a team, with a crew of 8-15 people following in support vehicles with food and supplies for the race. These racers brave heat, wind, thunderstorms, altitude, the dark of night, fatigue, and sleep deprivation, cross several major mountain ranges, and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. Solo racers have a maximum of 12 days to complete the race, with the fastest finishing in just over eight days. Solo racers will ride 250-350 miles a day, balancing speed and the need for sleep.
That's the easy explanation per http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/ !!
Let me try to put into words what RAAM, really is. Picture yourself, alone and in the dark. You haven't slept in 36 hours. Your legs hurt. Your neck hurts. Your back hurts. You got sick and lost your stomach on he road 12 hours ago. You hit your mental and physical breaking point 6 hours ago. And you still have 2000 miles to finish line. It is putting someone in their darkest place, mentally and physically. It is then watching them push those boundaries, because they have the desire and the passion to OVERCOME. This is a test of suffering. This is a test of Desire. This is Living. This is RAAM.
Why Are you Doing This?
I want to be measured against Mother Nature and my own will. One of which can be controlled, while the other can't. I want this collision of man, mind, and elements to be absorbed in every fiber of life's soul to nourish the curious eyes.
I want to celebrate life and the opportunities that we have by living a healthy and active lifestyle. It is our responsibility to squeeze every drop we have out of this life and when our time comes to an end being able to donate healthy, strong organs to people desperately wanting a fair shot at a chance to live is very important to me.
I want to bring a community together and show them how important an active lifestyle is and what can be achieved when you live your life with no physical limits. By living a healthy lifestyle, you not only break down physical limitations but you are building and nurturing a body that not only will take you on deep journeys of self discovery, but also ensure that someone else will have a chance by donating life.
I have been given this body that has endless possibilities and not everyone is so fortunate. I have a responsibility, not only to myself to take advantage of this gift but also to pass it along when my soul leaves this flesh. I want someone else to enjoy the freedom health gives us.
I also feel that I have a responsibility to honor the people that have given this gift. Not a day goes by, that I don't think of Louise Holscher and Garrett Schlichtemeier and the gift that they were able to give. Garrett and Louise were fortunate to have been able to donate life to others in need during their passing, so organ donation holds a special part in my heart. I know that we will never be able to bring our loved ones back, but what I can do, is bring people together in an event like this to celebrate and remember all the things about them that changed our lives. My goal is not only is to become a RAAM finisher, but to bring people together. I want to promote a healthy lifestyle, and educate people about the importance of giving life through organ donation.