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The Ohio CycleWorks bike team, sponsored by FedEx Custom Critical, is participating in this year’s Race Across America (RAAM).  Known as the “World’s Toughest Bicycle Race“, RAAM is one of the longest running sporting events in the world. Personally, I wasn’t familiar with this race nor with the device he’s using called SenseAware that allows us to track his whereabouts as well as the temperature of his destination.

Have you ever followed this race in the past?

I’m following him via and you can see pictures of his trip so far and read his updates. Not only is this race already called the “World’s toughest bicycle race” as they are riding, (I think I read) around 3000 miles from coast to coast in the USA, but the generator on their RV quit on them so they lost their a/c and have to charge their devices and electronics through the cigarette lighter outlet. Today they were passing through Ohio.

So why are they doing this?

Scott Garcher’s Ohio CycleWorks bike team is being sponsored by FedEx Custom Critical to raise money for the Akron Children’s Hospital. On their journey they are showcasing SenseAware℠ powered by FedEx.

“SenseAware℠ allows customers to monitor critical shipments—like the kind that can help save the lives of the very children that Ohio CycleWorks is riding to support.

SenseAware℠ provides real-time data including vital statistics about the shipment such as

How the SenseAware device works.

A SenseAware device will travel with Garchar and the team throughout the entire race, which kicks off on June 16 from Oceanside, California and ends in Annapolis, Maryland between June 21-25.  The device will be linked to the web-based platform providing near real-time GPS location and environmental conditions.

Why Akron Children’s Hospital?

Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric services draw more than 600,000 patient visits each year, and include children, teens and adults from across the country and around the world.

Ranked a Best Children’s Hospital overall, Akron Children’s earned special rankings by US News & World Report in the specialties of neonatology and pediatric nephrology, orthopedics and pulmonary medicine.

I want to add that Akron Children’s Hospital is a familiar place for me as my youngest son who was born with a partial cleft palate goes there every year to be seen by specialists. His surgery was performed there when he was a year old. I have other family members who have needed the services of Akron Children’s Hospital as well.

  • For more information about the Ohio CycleWorks Charities or to donate to their cause, visit their website at  They’ve almost met their goal of $100,000!



Disclosure: “I received compensation from FedEx for covering the use of SenseAware® technology during the 2012 Race Across America. My ideas and opinions relayed in this blog post and any related Twitter discussions are the my own and are not provided by FedEx or its affiliates and subsidiaries.”