March 01, 2009 05:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Phil Keoghan, host of CBS’s The Amazing Race, will embark on his boldest adventure yet ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” cycling from Los Angeles to New York ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” a ride that will average 100 miles per day for a total of over 3,500 miles, spanning 40 days with pit stops in over 30 different cities.Phil Keoghan hopes to encourage people to pursue a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis.
“I fly over 400,000 miles a year and I figured it was time to stretch my legs. I love to ride so I thought I’d see what this great country looks like up close instead of taking a bird’s eye view at 30,000 feet,”Phil Keoghan said. “In this economic climate, bike riding makes a lot of sense – it’s good for your waistline and easy on your wallet.”
“This is saying to people, look, it’s time to make a choice in your life. We have way too much obesity and way too many people sitting back and not getting involved in life,” he said.
Phil Keoghan’s “Ride Across America Presented by GNC” will kickoff on March 28 in Los Angeles and end on May 9, the day before the finale of The Amazing Race 14, in New York.
As he travels across America, he’ll attend functions with supporters at local GNC stores, visit CBS affiliates, attend open-casting calls for the next installment of The Amazing Race, sign copies of his best-selling book No Opportunity Wasted, and ride alongside ex-Racers and fans of The Amazing Race.
The ride also is intended to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS fundraising effort, with Phil Keoghan attending rallies nationwide.
“Phil Keoghan’s cousin has the disease,” a CBS spokesman said.
“All of us at GNC are extremely impressed with Phil’s commitment and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle,” stated Tom Dowd, Executive Vice President, Stores, Operations & Development for GNC. “Having been fans of the The Amazing Race and Phil from the first season, we recognized what a great opportunity this was to partner with him.”
Phil Keoghan’s path will take him to more than 30 cities including;Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska.; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia and New York.The exact cycleroute will be released soon.
Tom Dowd added, “We’re also very excited to have the opportunity to be the sole retailer of Phil’s new nutritional product,now OSM ‘One Square Meal,’ a total meal replacement that is guaranteed to be a top seller at our GNC stores.”
Photo Credit: CBS