Time Stations are a critical link between RAAM, the Racers and Crews, and the communities on the route. Most importantly though Time Stations are about the people. Many people who work at a Time Station come back because they enjoy the experience and meeting the amazing Crews and Racers, despite the odd and long hours. You will get a perspective of the race up close that few people get to see.
Time Station in Congress, Arizona 2009
There are several ways to get involved with a Time Station:
- You can be a Time Station Captain and organize a Time Station.
- You can volunteer at a Time Station. This might simply be showing up during the race. It might also be helping get the word out in the community.
To help with your preparations for arranging a Time Station and understanding the Race we have put together some resources.
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The Time Stations in Congress,AZ and Camdenton, MO - Keeping watch day and night!
Time Station FAQ
What is a Time Station?
RAAM has 54 Time Stations across the 3000 mile course. Time Stations are spaced from 40 to 90 miles apart. The most basic function of a Time Station is a tracking point for racers. Racers are required to report the time they arrived at each Time Station to Race Headquarters. That information is used by Race Officials to track the racers and that information is posted to the Official RAAM website where fans can track the racers.
What are Staffed Time Stations?
About half of the Time Stations are staffed with volunteers. The other Time Stations are locations with no staff, but racers are still required to call in to Race Headquarters. Staffed Time Stations are also a critical link between RAAM and the local communities along the route. RAAM has a small staff and we do our best to contact communities along the route and inform them when the race is coming through. Unfortunately we don't have enough resources to have more personal contact with the communities where Time Stations are located. This is where we need help to spread the word that RAAM is coming.
What Really Happens at a Time Station?
During the race, each Racer and Team has their own support crew of 6 to 16 people. They are relatively self-sufficient during the race finding supplies. When they arrive at a Time Station, they may or may not need any particular supplies or information as they come through.
When they do need something, Time Station Staff are critical and invaluable to solving problems and finding resources. It could be finding a place to repair a flat tire, or finding a doctor, or unlocking a car. We always hear stories from crews who received the heroic help from Time Station staff and everyone is truly appreciative of what you provide.
Why Staff a Time Station?
The people. The people involved with RAAM from the racers to the crews to the race staff, imbedded with media and officials, are all wonderful, friendly people. Seeing the struggle and heroics of each Racer is a sight to see and an inspiration for many – from the first to the last. Each has a story of how they arrived at RAAM and what they have had to overcome during the race.
Ultimately, you are the cheering section for the racers. This isn't the Tour de France with spectators lining the course for miles at a time. It can be a tough venture to race across the country and see the same dozen faces of your racers and your crew the entire way. Your enthusiasm and support of every team that comes through warms their hearts and reinvigorates them as they proceed to the finish.
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