For 10 years RAW has attracted ultracyclists from around the globe to take on the finest terrain the western USA has to offer. Traveling west to east from the sandy beaches of Oceanside, over the Sierra Mountains and into the scorching Mojave and Sonoran deserts and eventually ending up on the Animas River nestled in the Rocky Mountain town of Durango. The route offers the best of the wild west!
This grueling race is the culmination of years of training and preparation. Dorina is now considered one of the top females in the international Ultracycling circuit, long distance endurance racing.
Dorina will also be riding in support of Roots of Peace (https://www.rootsofpeace.org ), a non-profit group headquartered out of San Rafael, CA with offices and projects around the world. I have been associates with this group since 1999, sitting on the board of directors. The lives of thousands have been saved, and changed for the better.
ROP is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to a sustainable future for communities of war-torn regions across the globe, helping to create improved livelihoods through eradication of landmines, replanting of crops and transfer of knowledge to maintain high standards of living for impoverished farmers worldwide.
For now, what we need is enough financial support to get started, with the hope of creating something much bigger with your donations.
Donations will be used for:
· Registration fees
· Race vehicle and required vehicle equipment
· Travel and supplies for the team for 5 days
Additional donations past our goal will be used for:
· Donations to Roots of Peace
· Donations to support wheelchair fencing at MFA
I’ll be donating my time and money to help support my role on the team. I wish I could do more. This project will also help inspire many of our young athletes that train with Maestra Vaccaroni at the Marin Fencing Academy.
This is an iconic race, heading by an iconic athlete. We’d be extremely grateful for any support our extended families and friends could provide for us to embark on this great journey, merging the world of fencing (the oldest modern Olympic sport) , with the world of Ultracycling, with the world of philanthropic endeavors
to make the world a better a place.
Dorina Vaccaroni Biography
Maestra Vaccaroni is a legendary fencing champion and ultra cyclist from Mestra, Italy, now living in Fairfax, CA. She began competing at the international level in the late 1970s. A pupil of the great Maestro Livio Di Rosa, she first participated in the World Championships in 1977, at the age of 13. She won the Italian youth title the following year, and the prestigious New York Martini Trophy.
At 16 Dorina competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, placing 4th in individual and 5th in team. In 1981 she won the World Cup, followed a year later by her first of several European and World Championships. She continued her Olympic careers in Los Angeles (Bronze), Seoul Korea (Silver) and 1992 Barcelona (Gold). After the bronze in the World Cup team of 1993, Dorina left competition, only to return in 1998 to win the Italian title.
Dorina began to devote herself to competitive cycling in 2000, taking many marathon victories and winning a master Italian title in the world category. She continues today competing in long distance road racing, including Ultra Cycling, winning the female division of the recent Ultracycle Dolomitica, 600 KM non stop through the Italian Alps.
Dorina now teaches fencing at the Marin Fencing Academy in San Rafael, CA. Living in Fairfax, CA., she trains from 6am until 10pm every day, cycling, fencing, then swimming.
Any additional funds collected will go towards Roots of Peace (50%) and 50% towards the creation of a 501c to support wheelchair fencing at MFA.
We need your support. It's now time for RAW!
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