Long-distance cyclist from Chillicothe starts race across country

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JEROME, AZ (WCMH) – Chillicothe native and athlete Joe Lawhorn is almost 500 miles into his more than 3,000 mile trek in the Race Across America, as of Thursday morning. 

The Race Across America (RAAM) is described as the “World’s Toughest Bicycle Race” beginning in Oceanside, California and ending in Annapolis, Maryland. The route takes him through three mountain ranges, two deserts and the plains. 

Joe started the race on Tuesday He has 12 days to pedal more than 3,000 miles to get to his final destination on the east coast. 

His crew chief and wife Heather Lawhorn said Joe rode through 122 degree weather in Arizona yesterday. 

CLICK HERE to live-track Joe’s progress in the race.

Joe is a long-distance cyclist, meaning he pedals 400 miles on two wheels in less than 24 hours. 

He served 12 years in the Marines and Army, before being placed on a permanently disabled retirement list. Joe suffers from PTSD and uses cycling to get through it.

He broke two world records on his bicycle last year, proving coping PTSD does not mean being broken. 

The RAAM route goes right through Chillicothe. Heather said he’s expected to roll through town on June 20. 

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