Racers

We are 8 riders and a support crew of 10-12 people. We are Police Officers, local business owners, family and friends. We will ride 24 hours a day, sleeping an average of 2 hours a night until the race is completed.

 
 
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Steve Peppard

Age: 47 years old
Occupation: Police Officer
Employer: City of Oceanside

I’m 47 years old and have been a Police Officer for 25 years. I work for the Oceanside Police Department as beach resource Officer. I’ve been running and cycling since I was in high school. I have competed in several marathons, numerous half-marathons, a few Olympic distance triathlons, and three adventure races, including Primal Quest in 2009. 

In 2013 I put together our first 8 person Race Across America team made up of Oceanside public safety personal. This year will be our third time competing in the RAAM. Race Across America is considered the “World’s Toughest Bicycle Race.” The race begins in Oceanside, CA and ends in Annapolis, MD.  The race is 3000 miles long, crosses 12 states, 88 counties and 350 communities and climb over 170,000 feet.   The mission of our team was to not only to have fun racing across America, but was to more importantly spread awareness and raise money for a charity.  This year we are working with Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Fred Armijo

Fred Armijo is a returning member of Team Oceanside. He has been a police officer for the City of Oceanside since 1994. He was a lifeguard for four years in Oceanside before joining the Police Department. Fred has competed in numerous triathlons, including three Ironman California 70.3 races. He has been a member of the Police Department’s Baker to Vegas running team since 1995. Under the tutelage of Team Captain Steve Peppard, Fred has competed in two Southern California Ragnar Relays, including a second place overall finish in 2015.  Fred lives in Oceanside with his fabulous and super smart wife, Pamela, amazing and exuberant daughter, Kaitlyn, and super handsome and incredible son, Zachary. Fred is looking forward to his third Race Across America with Team Oceanside.

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Ed Kohler

Hi! My name is Ed Kohler. I'm 50 years old and currently a police officer for the city of Stockton for approximately 24 years. For the past 10 years I've been competing in triathlons and cycling and continue to venture out into more challenging races. I aspire to one day complete the Race Across America with Team Oceanside Police Dept.

Being part of this team gives me great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment that fuels my drive to fight for the cause of M.S. 

Thank you for your time and consideration!

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Nate Koch

Nate has been riding and racing bikes for 6 years. As a former member of the US National Team, he specialized in the sprint disciplines. Nate is a US National Champion and American Record Holder in the Team Sprint, as well as a international 6 Day racing champion. 

Nate and his wife Ayla, reside in Long Beach. When Nate is not gallivanting around the world racing in spandex he is a Bike Fitter for Ero-Sports. He has been bike fitting for 3 years and has several thousand fits of experience. 

 
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Mason Turvey

Residence: Oceanside, CA
Occupation: Lifeguard
Favorite Food: California Burritos
Fun Fact: I met my wife in Kindergarten 

Hello there Friends!! I'm Mason and I am super excited to be participating in my second Race Across America with Team Oceanside. I am a home grown Oceanside kid that loves to ride and race his bike. When I am not riding, I enjoy surfing, swimming, golfing and hanging out with my wife. I work for the City of Oceanside as a Beach Lifeguard Sergeant and absolutely love my job. I am looking forward to another great year at RAAM and supporting our local Rady Children's Hospital.

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James Koch

Hi my name is James Koch. This will be my second time participating in RAAM. I have raced both road and mountain bikes for 25 years. I have been married to my awesome wife Brenna for the last 3 years. I am owner, operator of Pedal Right bike fit studio in Oceanside, and I also work for the City of Oceanside. This year is going to be super special to me because my Dad and two brothers will be on the team with me. My Dad, who is a great rider, introduced me to RAAM when I was five. He took me to the start in 1986, which was at that time in Long Beach. My dad and his friend Jeff rode the 15 miles of the race with me... I will never forget it… It has been a dream of my Dad's to be apart of this great race… That dream will come true in 2017!  

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Kelan Poorman

This is my third time competing in the RAAM.  My love for food requires me to spend as much time in the saddle as possible to avoid looking like the stay puff marshmallow man. I worked in law enforcement for 26 years ending my career with Oceanside Police Department.  I currently work with New Flight Charters arranging private air charters for our clients.  

I have been married for over 33 years to my wife Nanette and have two wonderful daughters, Aeriel & Austin.

Scott Wagner

Occupation: Teacher, Coach, Lifeguard
Residence: Oceanside, CA
Enjoys: running, biking, swimming, surfing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his family and friends
Also competes in triathlons and a variety of endurance sports.

Married to Claudia for 15 years with three kids (Wyatt 13, Ava 11, and Aubrey 10)

With three kids of my own and my wife and I coming from a combined family of over 60, I am thrilled to be supporting Radys Children Hospital!