Markell plans to embark on a 3,650-mile journey across America on his bicycle beginning June 18. His ride will start in Astoria, Oregon, and conclude at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk Aug. 8.

Motivate the First State, an organization focused on improving the health of Delawareans, recently announced that former Gov. Jack Markell will ride a bicycle across the U.S. as a fundraiser.

Funds will benefit seven Delaware organizations serving local youth.

Markell plans to embark on a 3,650-mile journey across America on his bicycle beginning June 18. His ride will start in Astoria, Oregon, and conclude at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk Aug. 8.

The goal of his ride is to motivate Delawareans to get active with him and, in doing so, raise funds for local Delaware charities. To accomplish his goal, Markell is partnering with Motivate the First State, an organization that promotes healthy living while raising money for seven local nonprofits, including: Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, YMCA of Delaware, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Urban Promise, Siegel Jewish Community Center and Young Life.

Anyone can get involved and help Markell reach his goal by creating a profile on MotivateTheFirstState.com. The program allows Delawareans to log their healthy activities via the online platform and the Plus3 mobile app.

After creating a free profile, participants can sync their FitBit or Garmin device to automatically track activities or manually choose from activities ranging from healthy habits like drinking five glasses of water in a day to activities like hiking, running or walking.

The “Training With Jack Challenge” sponsored by Christiana Care Health System will begin on May 1st as a motivator for individuals to log activities and earn points, called “kudos”, for any healthy activity logged on the site. MotivateTheFirstState.com will host challenges throughout Markell’s ride and serve as a hub to view his progress, read his blog and keep up with his social media posts throughout his journey.

For information, email info@MotivateTheFirstState.com or call 661-6321.