John Tarlton, president and CEO of Tarlton Properties, Inc. (TPI), a commercial property development and asset management company based in Menlo Park, is competing in cycling’s Race Across America (RAAM) to raise money and awareness for the Stanford Cancer Institute.
RAAM is a 3,000-mile cycling race that started June 10 in Oceanside, Calif., that will across 12 states and pass through 88 counties and 350 communities before it finishes on June 22 in Annapolis, Md. Cyclists endure various elevations, the lowest at 170 feet below sea level, with the highest elevation reaching more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
As a solo rider, Tarlton must complete the race in 12 days, riding between 250-350 miles a day, balancing speed and the need for sleep.
“By racing in RAAM, I wish to inspire people to live healthier, more active lives while also committing philanthropically to better our world through support of leading research and treatment centers such as the Stanford Cancer Institute,” he said. “I am blessed to have a career that enables me to develop other business centers that offer research and development through biotechnology as the Menlo Business Park does.”
While Tarlton is committed to the physical challenges of RAAM, his goal is to celebrate the courage of both his sister’s and mother’s fight with cancer, supporting the continued research into its cure and care. The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, with a scientific agenda of combining laboratory research, clinical study and population science, with the goal of reducing the occurrence and impact of cancer.
People interested in supporting his effort can donate online.