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Christopher Gottwald's Race Across America
Turning Pedals so fast that I can make clean water!!!
Chris Gottwald of Kalamazoo, MI is favored to win the World's Toughest bicycle race starting on June 15th. The start list is comprised of other elite cyclists including the current World record holder Marco Bahlo of Slovenia. He will embark on an extraordinary journey that will test the utmost limits of his physical endurance, mental resilience and commitment. As a competitor in the 2011 Race Across America (RAAM), Gottwald will hop on a bicycle and pedal across the length of the American continent, 3,000 miles from Pacific to Atlantic, stopping to sleep only when necessary. Gottwald has been racing for over 25 years as an elite amatuer / professional cyclist and has one dozens of races both domestically and internationally. His full time career as an airspace system inspection pilot with the Federal Aviation Administration provides a flexible schedule, allowing free time for his second job of racing bicycles as well as spending time with his wife and two daughters. He competed in his first RAAM in 2008 as part of a two-man relay, placing second. In 2009 he was one of two dozen cyclists who attempted the grueling race solo. Gottwald put yet another stamp on the World stage of cycling by winning the titles of the top American finisher, coming in fourth overall, and earning the title “Rookie of the Year.” The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM offers long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities. Over 1750 cyclists have attempted RAAM solo but less than 130 have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982. Gottwald joined that elite group of official finishers in June of 2009. Solo winners complete the course in approximately 9 days. Gottwald will brave the desert, plains and mountain weather, lead a crew in a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars to end world thirst through ActiveWater, a non-profit organization committed to defeating the spread of infectious disease through dirty water. ActiveWater encourages people to use their athletic abilities to make a difference in the world. “I love to race, but I don’t compete for myself,” said Gottwald. “I’m confident that I can win any race I’m in, but my drive to win is to help ActiveWater end the world water crisis and change lives.” To follow Gottwald’s progress in this year’s Race Across America, visit http://www.raceacrossamerica.org.

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Team Active:Water is a group of individual athletes all over the world who share two passions; being fit and saving lives!

Through vigorous training, competitive participation, and compassionate advocacy, our team members fullfill their dreams of athletic conquests knowing that every drop of sweat from their own personal sacrifice is leading to a richer, fuller life for another. This mission is accomplished through the funding of clean water solutions for communities in developing nations all over the world.

To learn more about how you can become involved in one of our athletic or grassroots campaigns, visit www.activewater.org or email amie@activewater.org

Active:Water is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization and all donations are tax exempt.
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