The city of Riverside, Calif., is gearing up for what is expected to be a huge start of the Great Race in mid-June. Being the start city is much more than just the start of the race. The city is planning several special events for the racers, including an opening banquet on Friday night in the Plaza behind the Marriott. There are also plans in the works for a Great Race concert on Thursday night, and tours are being scheduled for the March Air Force Base Museum.
Here is a link to a story about a local race team getting ready for the Great Race and how excited everyone in Riverside is for the start of the race coming to their city for the first time.