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Race Across America Passes Through Bloomington

On June 8th international bicyclists began a 3,000-mile long journey beginning in Oceanside, CA and ending in Annapolis, MD.

Unlike any other famous race, it’s 30 Percent longer than the Tour de France, riders have no rest days and there is no time out to take shelter during harsh weather conditions. Race Across America is one of the most respected endurance events in the world.

Bicyclist and Building Futures Now team captain Eduardo Llach said, “We’ve been training for a year. All of us getting up everyday and training 6 days a week, uh, three, four, or five hours and we’re in great shape. Really an amazing way to go across the country.”

But Race Across America isn’t just about fastest time and endurance, it’s also for a good cause.

“We are members of the GPI – Glass Packaging Institute – which is an association for the glass packaging industry and we’re a sponsor of the Race Across America to promote recycling across the country,” said Julien Fournier.

“Cycling and Environmental care – basic earth care – go together,” said Monroe County Solid Waste Management District’s Elisa Pokral. “It’s healthy for the earth, it’s healthy for every human, so I’m here with information about basic recycling, what can be recycled in Monroe County as well as we’re giving away reusable bags to people who are in the parking lot and just around.”

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