Sunrayce 97

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The Sunrayce 97 event was very similar to the 1995 event. Again sponsored by GM and the Department of Energy, the route was substantially the same as 1995.


Sunrayce 97 followed almost the same route as 95 and had the same 9 day schedule with 8, 1-day stages and one rest day. The event ran about 1250 miles from Indianapolis, IN to Colorado Springs, CO.

  • June 19: Indianapolis, IN to Terre Haute, IN
  • June 20: Terre Haute, IN to Effingham, IL to Godfey, IL
  • June 21: Godfrey, IL to Louisiana, MO to Fulton, MO
  • June 22: Fulton, MO to California, MO to Lee’s Summit, MO
  • June 23: Rest Day
  • June 24: Lee’s Summit, MO to Topeka, KS to Manhattan, KS
  • June 25: Manhattan, KS to Glasco, KS to Smith Center, KS
  • June 26: Smith Center, KS to Oberlin, KS to St. Francis, KS
  • June 27: St. Francis, KS to Anton, CO to Limon, CO
  • June 28: Limon, CO to Colorado Springs, CO


Teams at Sunrayce 97 were ranked based on total elapsed time to complete the route, lowest time wins.

PlaceTeam #Team NameElapsed Time (HH:MM:SS)Average Speed (mph)
18Cal State LA28:41:3443.29
21Massachusetts Institute of Technology29:00:2042.83
316Stanford University / UC Berkeley29:33:1542.02
412Texas A&M University29:47:2141.70
574Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology31:37:5439.27
6111University of Michigan32:14:0138.54
724University of Waterloo32:22:0438.38
843University of Missouri32:25:3838.31
9480Yale University35:09:5935.32
10100Queen’s University35:11:1435.30
1135University of Minnesota36:37:5533.91
1277Messiah College37:26:5933.17
1396University of Western Ontario38:14:3232.48
1422University of Illinois38:39:5932.13
1517University of Pennsylvania39:08:2131.74
1697Western Michigan University42:10:5629.45
1742University of Missouri – Rolla43:26:5628.59
1833Ohio State University43:42:5928.41
1900University of North Dakota47:44:4026.02
203Minnesota State University, Mankato and Winona49:05:0325.31
2121New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology50:46:4624.46
2227United States Military Academy51:29:2524.12
2366McGill University51:44:4324.01
2428Kansas State University53:43:0023.12
2529Columbus State Community College55:20:3122.45
269Iowa State University65:32:2918.95
272California State University, Long Beach67:31:3218.40
2876Drexel University69:47:0917.80
29101École de technologie supérieure71:03:3417.48
306Virginia Tech75:29:1916.46
3132Principia College77:32:3316.02
32777South Dakota School of Mines and Technology79:43:4615.58
3311Auburn University90:24:0613.74
34741Purdue University91:09:4513.63
35504University of New Orleans93:10:1013.33
367George Washington University19:06:170.00