Race Across America
Ruth was born in Osttirol, Austria and lives in Innsbruck. She is a pharmacists and a passionate cyclist. Together with her (future) husband Kurt, and Team Rotary RAAMs Polio teammate, she has participated in many long distance races. Ruth is a four-time finisher of the legendary Ötztaler Radmarathon, a 150 mile-long course with more than 16,000 feet of climbing.
Susanne works as an assistant in a pharmacy and has a paramedic education. We hope these skills will not be needed during the race. She has been following RAAM for the last few years and has become a great fan of it. Now being part of the crew she will be fulfilling one her life dreams.
Stefan resides in Vienna, Austria and is the nephew of rider Andy. When asked, he instantly agreed to serve as a crew member for the Rotary RAAMs team and is excited about the race! He is both a professional photographer as well as a graduate student of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University in Vienna, and is close to obtaining his masters degree. His technical background will be highly welcomed during the race and we are all looking forward to his photos! Stefan is interested in basketball and actively plays ice hockey, which is where he gains the mental and physical toughness that will be required for RAAM.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Tulsa in 1994. He has served as chairman of many of their committees including the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. He served as President of the club in 2010-11 and has been an assistant governor for his Rotary district #6110.
Bob starting riding a road bike in August, 2011 to ride for Rotary’s “Ride to End Polio” in El Tour de Tucson in Tucson, AZ. In the five year he has ridden in El Tour he has raised over $400,000 for Rotary’s Polio eradication effort. Some of Bob’s favorite rides are Tulsa Tough Gran Fondo Ace in Tulsa, OK, El Tour de Tucson, and Cochise County Cycling Classic’s 165 mile event in Douglas, AZ. He also participated as a rider on the 4-person Rotary Team in 2016.
Bob was run over by a motorcycle in 2011 and of course, at the hospital, he was worried about his bicycle!! He is our oldest rider and newest to the sport of cycling.
Steve is a Real Estate Professional with the Century 21 Everest Realty Group and a member of the Draper-Riverton Rotary Club in Riverton, UT. Steve grew up in the United States, but has also lived in Canada and Germany. Currently residing in Salt Lake City, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, he takes advantage of the mountains through his passion in road cycling and mountain biking.
During the winter months you’ll find him snow-shoeing through the endless mountain trails. Additionally, he enjoys hiking the beautiful Wasatch mountain trails with his wife. Steve has competitively raced as an amateur over the years and won the Utah State Masters Overall Points competition in 2012. He is a 6-time finisher of LOTOJA – the longest sanctioned one-day race in America at 206 miles, as well as a 3-time finisher in the 108 mile 12,500 feet of climbing Queen Stage of the Tour of Utah – claimed by many pro racers to be one of the toughest stage races in America.
Steve participated last year in the Race Across America as one of the riders on the 4-person Rotary Team.
Meinhard was a crew member of the Rotary Raams Polio Team in 2016. He represents the Fellowship Cycling to Serve in Austria and is a member of the Rotary Club Enns in Austria. He has been responsible for the international service of his club for many years. Meinhard is a passionate cyclist and combines his hobby with the organization of national and international Rotary cycling charity events.
Ryan is the son of rider Steve Schoonover. He keeps busy attending school to obtain an engineering degree while working fulltime. When given the chance you'll find Ryan taking the opportunity to hike the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake City and hang out with his friends. He is looking forward to being part of the crew and finally getting to tell his dad what to do for a change.
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Irene is rider Andy's wife and is looking forward to serving as a crew member for the Rotary RAAMs Team in 2017. She studied chemistry and is a R&D engineer by profession. She is very passionate about sports since her childhood and loves to run, ski, and bike; be it race, mountain, or motor bike. She is a member of the Innerwheel Club Innsbruck (Tyrol) and actively involved in many projects through Andy's Rotary Club.
Team Rotary RAAMs Polio racers at start line in 2016
Recently John retired as an air traffic controller, which makes him a welcomed addition to our team. He knows a thing or two about routing and directing traffic, which will come in extremely handy during the race. When he is not skiing on the world class Utah powder during the winter months, you’ll find him and his wife enjoying the awesome Cape Cod Summers at their lakefront property in Massachusetts.
Kurt is a management professor at the Free University of Bozen in Italy and member of the Rotary Club Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck, Austria. He grew up in South Tyrol, the heart of the Alps and home to the Dolomites.
His passions include road cycling and mountain biking in summer, and – of course! – skiing in winter. Both ardent cyclists, he and his wife Ruth are equally happy to tackle the long and steep Alpine passes as they are to bike along the beautiful roads winding through Tuscany's vineyards - where they also enjoy sampling the local products. Kurt is a seven-time finisher of the legendary Ötztaler Radmarathon, a 150 mile-long course with more than 16,000 feet of climbing, and has twice participated in the Great Trial of Strength in Norway – a 340 mile-long race from Trondheim to Oslo.
Kurt participated last year in the Race Across America as part of our 4-person Rotary Team.
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Andy is a founding member of the Rotary Club Telfs-Seefeld, a joint club of 2 towns near Innsbruck, where he already served in various functions, such as president and secretary. His club already supported the Rotary Polio Team fund raising efforts during RAAM 2016. He is an Associated Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Besides chemistry and road biking, he plays guitar in a local Rock'n'Roll band. He grew up in Salzburg, the home town of Mozart, which may explain his passion for music.
Andy looks forward to contributing in his first RAAM on Team Rotary RAAMs Polio.
Darlene is rider Bob's wife and was a crew member for the team in 2016. Her significant role in preparing that team for race day has everyone excited to have her be a part of the 2017 crew. Married to Bob for 42 years, she has assisted with performing the many duties required to help manage and operate their businesses. When she's not helping Bob at work she enjoys needlework, gardening, hiking, traveling, and her new favorite sport, snorkeling.