Jack Markell Treks Across America for Health, Charity

Former Governor Jack Markell completed his ride across America on August 8th as he cycled by crowds of fans and well wishers on Main Street in Rehoboth. Markell biked 3,680 miles across the country — from Oregon to Delaware — to raise funds for Motivate the First State. He arrived in Rehoboth having raised $120,000 toward his goal and feeling exhilarated by the experience, which he began on June 18th. 

Markell and his cycling team clocked about 80 miles per day on their 50-day journey, and the former Governor, blogged (Keeping Up with Jack), tweeted and generated videos from his helmet cam about his experiences along the way. They saw some beautiful areas of the country, including small towns in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, farms in the midwest, crossing the Mississippi River, the shores of Lake Michigan, and spectacular views of Niagra Falls.

On day 45 of his journey, as he neared his home state, told fellow cyclists, “Although I’ve ridden across the country, I think the roads we have in Delaware and the region are some of the most beautiful anywhere.”

Motivate the First State aims to inspire healthy living and connecting it to charity. The campaign, which was developed by the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, prompts Delawareans to log their walking, biking and other physical activities and measure their cumulative success through a centralized platform. Visitors also can log other activities like eating fruits and vegetables and performing volunteer time.  Participants earn points and can choose to have donations made to any of seven Delaware charities based on points earned.

Photos courtesy of Motivate the First State and Governor Markell’s personal blog

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