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PHIT America’s X-Country Wheelie Rider Is Now in Central Texas

Date: 11/5/18

Mike May
PHIT America                        

PHIT America’s X-Country Wheelie Rider Is Now in Central Texas

SILVER SPRING, MD – November 5, 2018 – Kurt Osburn’s quest to travel across the U.S. on a wheelie to set a Guinness World Record and raise funds for PHIT America is well underway.  And, now, he’s deep in the heart of Texas and headed for the pier in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Osburn’s quest for a Guinness World Record started less than a month ago -- on Friday, October 12 at the pier in Santa Monica, California.  In 1999, Osburn accomplished this same feat in 74 days.  Now, at the age of 49, he wants to break his own world record.  Osburn’s current goal is to ride his wheelie from the Pacific Ocean (in California) to the Atlantic Ocean (in Florida) in less than 50 days.  

As of today – Monday, November 5 – he’s east of El Paso and is expected to be in San Antonio by this Friday, November 9.

One of the goals of this trip by Osburn is to showcase the power and importance of being physically fit.  Osburn is on a mission to drive awareness of the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ now facing America and is encouraging children to get more physically active.  As he approaches his 50th birthday, Osburn is living proof of the power of being physically fit and active.

Working with PHIT America, a 501(c)3 charity which offers GO! Grant funds to elementary schools across the country to support their physical education programs, Osburn’s goal is to take a stand for the cause of physical activity, starting with P.E. in schools.  During this current trip, he has been delivering a strong message to the general public that it is imperative to America’s future to get today’s youth off the couch and physically active.  Teaming up with PHIT America, he has set a goal of raising money to impact the lives of children through an increased emphasis on P.E. programs at elementary schools across the country.  Corporate and individual donations are welcome through kurt4kids.org.

When he arrives in Cocoa Beach, he will have traveled more than 2,800 miles.

As expected, Osburn’s trip has generated a great deal of media attention along the way.

Just before he started this journey, he was interviewed on KCBS-TV in Los Angeles where he explained what it took to get ready and, more importantly, why he’s doing it.

Soon after leaving Los Angeles, KMIR-TV (NBC) in Palm Springs, California broadcast a story on Osburn.  After passing through New Mexico, Osburn arrived in Arizona.  While there, two TV stations – KVOA and KGUN -- in Tucson reported on Osburn’s coast-to-coast experience.  And, when he arrived in El Paso, Texas, two more TV stations – KTSM and KFOX – informed their viewers about the latest visitor to west Texas.

“The statistics are startling in terms of how physically inactive American children are today,” said Osburn, who resides in Las Vegas and has endured a grueling six-days-a-week training schedule to prepare for the cross-country journey. “When I heard about the deadly ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ and what PHIT America is doing to create a movement to get Americans more physically active, fit and healthy, it gave me an even greater purpose to break this record and help kids throughout the U.S.”

This bike ride is taking Osburn through eight states (CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AL, and FL) and he’s been working on averaging 70 miles a day to break the Guinness World Record.  His main route has been along I-10.  Looking into the future, major cities which he will pass through include San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; Beaumont, TX; Lake Charles, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; Mobile, AL; Pensacola, FL; Tallahassee, FL; and Jacksonville, FL.

“For this trip, I trained six days a week, including strength and cardio conditioning,” said Osburn.

“In a nutshell, Kurt Osburn cares about kids' health,” said Jim Baugh, Founder, PHIT America.  “He understands the power of P.E. and why school children should be introduced to a life of physical activity.”

In recent years, nearly 600 PHIT America GO! Grants, with the support of KIDS in the GAME, have been awarded nationally to school P.E. programs – helping more than 300,000 school children in 48 states get physically active. GO! Grants help schools that are in desperate need of gear, programming and training for physical activity programs.  People can learn about the PHIT America GO! Grants by visiting HERE.

Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit campaign focused on overcoming the severe ramifications of the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ through four strategic approaches – education, supporting school-based activity programs, a national event and advocating – which will get Americans, especially our youth, more active, fit and healthy.   Companies or individuals interested in helping PHIT America fight the ‘Inactivity Pandemic’ should contact PHIT America at Alliance@PHITAmerica.org.

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