The Armed Forces Cup is given annually to the fastest team representing the armed forces. It’s open to any team divison but all racers must be current or former members of the armed forces.
This year’s Cup was awarded to Marines4Warriors, the 4-rider male under 50 team that finished in 7 days, 7 hours and 14 minutes at an average speed of 17.52 mph.
The team came about after retired Marine John Bandy happened to hear a radio program mention that RAAM was finishing nearby in Annapolis. As a long-time endurance athlete he was inspired and called fellow Marine retiree Tim Robert, “’Hey Tim,’ I asked, ‘You wanna do a 2-man RAAM team?’” Eventually the two decided to do a 4-man team and recruited two more Marines, Felipe Rael and John Rose and it was decided that the quartet would do more than just ride across the US. Bandy explained, “We’re doing RAAM to challenge ourselves, but more importantly, raise money for the Semper Fi Fund which provides support and funding for wounded warriors and veterans, not just for Marines, but for all services. A lot of folks here support us and we just want to get out there and do our best for the Marine Corp.”