In answer to “how did you spend your summer vacation,” dentist Yati Yadav of Family Dentist in Peoria competed in Race Across America (RAAM) as part of TeamBarrow.org. He and other team members endured 3,000 miles on their bicycles across the length of North America, from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans in six days and 11 hours.
Called “The Toughest Endurance Event in the World,” this ultimate endurance challenge successfully raised more than $100,000 for brain cancer research at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
RAAM is about 30-percent longer than Tour de France and racers must complete the distance in roughly half the time allowed for the Tour de France. It is not limited to professional cyclists. Instead, it is open to amateur athletes as well. Racers must traverse 3,000 miles across 12 states and climb more than 170,000 vertical feet, racing non-stop.
As a dentist, Yadav is a perfectionist. As an athlete, he challenges himself to the limits of perfection by competing in endurance sports. He has finished four full Ironman competitions (140.6 miles = 2.4 miles swim plus 112 miles bike, plus 26.2 miles running), including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in Kona, six half Ironmans, and many marathons.
The RAAM race team included a current Barrow's patient, Kyle Claffey (age 19). Claffey is undergoing a second round of chemo for brain cancer and was one of the TeamBarrow cyclists. He had chemo three days prior to the race start and again three days after the race finish. Claffey is a survivor and an inspiration. His struggle and success prove the need for raising awareness and money for brain cancer research.
Individuals interested in donating to the brain cancer research can do so at the website, www.TeamBarrow.org.
Yadav’s Family Dentistry practice is at 8390 W. Cactus Road; phone 623-878-3300.