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Central New York Business Person to Photograph Extreme Sporting Event

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Jim TerrinoniJim Terrinoni of Hannibal, owner of Jim Terrinoni Line of Design, has been selected as a member of the 2008 Race Across America Media Team.

Jim will be supervising photographers and reporters at the finish line of the 3000 mile non-stop cycling race in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as adding his own photography.

Solo bicyclists left Oceanside, California on Sunday, June 8, 2008 and are expected to be at the finish line early next week. Terrinoni will be contributing to the RAAM photo blog. Check www.raceacrossamerica.org for more information or to follow Jim’s photographic story.

Line of Design was started in 1979 in Syracuse, NY and continues to provide strategic marketing and communication support to clients located in Central New York and nationally.

SOME FACTS ABOUT RACE ACROSS AMERICA (RAAM): (reference: http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/subwebraam/files/news/presskit/2008FAQ.pdf?PHPSESSID=fc3659d92da81ee99da67eb1c9717c07)

1. Do they really do it solo?

“The Race Across America is the world’s toughest bike race. Extraordinary cyclists come to test themselves against the world’s best in a long distance race. More than that, it’s a competition against nature and against themselves. The solo racers are the stars of RAAM. Very few people can finish within the allotted time of 12 days.” – RAAM organizers. NOTE: An unfortunate, yet real fact is that RAAM is dangerous. This year’s RAAM has already seen two riders (one being the second place solo rider) leave the race due to accidents. The good news is that both will survive, but not to continue racing

2. How does team racing work?

Teams consist of 2, 4, or 8 racers. Teams generally race in a relay format with one racer always on the road. Teams may put more than one racer on the road at a time if they feel it will be advantageous. The strategy of who racers when and for how long is constantly changing.

3. How much do they sleep? Do they hallucinate?

Sleep management is one of the biggest challenges of the race. This goes for everyone from racers, to crew, to race staff. The challenge for racers is balancing sleep, which means time off the bike and stopping, against continuing to move down the road. This is critical because the clock doesn’t stop, even for sleeping. The solos at the front of the race sleep as little as 90 minutes a day. Just to finish within the 12 day time limit, racers can’t afford to sleep more than about 4 hours a day at the most.