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Team FARA Blog

Team FARA members are running, walking, biking and swimming for FA research around the world.

While they are geographically dispersed, Team FARA is united with the same goal: to draw attention to FA through acts of physical endurance and to support the advancement of FA research towards treatments and a cure for FA.

Less Than 7

We are one day shy of being 7 weeks away from our starting line in Oceanside, CA.
Its crazy how time flies.

About 3 weeks ago, your RAAM cyclists from TeamFARA participated in a metric century, Party To Pardee, riding approximately 63 miles. All four of us were able to ride in this event, along with John's wife Stephanie, her Dad, stepmom, and another friend of the team, Brandon. The ride was challenging and fun for all of us (most parts anyway), and we all finished strong! The weather was chilly and the sun didn't show its face at all. Thankfully we didn't have rain! The course was very hilly, with approximately 4,000 vertical feet of climbing.

Everything Has Its Place - Gearing Up

"Everything has its place." We heard this statement a few times at the RAAM Crew Orientation in January. Most notably, I remember Lee "Fuzzy" Mitchell say it in reference to gear, parts, accessories, etc. for the riders in RAAM. He was talking about making sure everything from sunglasses, helmets, shoes, and water bottles always return to their designated places after the cyclist dismounts his bike. It saves time and stress when everything is in its plae and nobody is panicking looking for it when it's needed!

Team FARA: Update


While the inpidual team members have been training on their own, we started our weekly team training runs last weekend.  It was great to start putting in the miles on the bike alongside teammates.  It helps us build camaraderie and collectively push our cycling limits.  This weekend we have a 24 hour relay ride planned to begin to get a feel of riding around the clock and the kinds of things we’ll need from our support crew.


Hi Folks,

We are currently gearing up for a 24 hour Training ride which will go on this weekend.  We will begin to work out some of the kinks and get an idea of what we are dealing with.

We also now have a team of 12 crew members who we could not be more excited about.  More details soon and we are looking for at least one more crew member so if you're interested please read How YOU Can Help and then send me an email at

In Memory of Jack Baumstark

Dear Team FARA Supporters,

Last week we received the unfortunate news that Jack Baumstark (father of teammate Sean, strong team supporter, all around great person) lost his battle with cancer.

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