Let’s bring former Gov. Jack Markell back in style

July 28, 2017

On Monday, Aug. 7, former Gov. Jack Markell will complete the last leg of his cross-country cycling journey in Rehoboth Beach. He will then dip his front tire in the Atlantic Ocean, signifying the completion of his epic ride for Motivate The First State.

Markell will ride 3,680 miles from Oregon to Delaware this summer in 50 days and will average about 80 miles a day. The ride will raise money for Motivate the First State, a group that promotes healthy living and raises money for seven other Delaware nonprofits. Markell started June 18 and is planning to finish his ride in Rehoboth Beach Aug. 7. 

Join the public, including the Seashore Striders, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand as we welcome Jack home to the First State. Jack will leave Rodney Square on the morning of Aug. 7 and make a stop at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton about noon. The ride will pick up some riders and head to Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes about 1:30 p.m., where more riders are expected to join in. From there, Jack and crew will head to Rehoboth Beach, riding the final mile of the journey on Rehoboth Avenue toward the Atlantic Ocean. Jack is expected to arrive about 2 p.m. at the Bandstand finish line.

The public is encouraged to come out and support the former governor as he arrives.

Motivate the First State

Motivate the First State is a brilliant idea to establish a platform where people can log activities and turn them into green donations for a good cause. To learn more, go to

It is a four-step process:

1. Connect - Create a profile on the Plus 3 online wellness portal. Log in anytime to see what your neighbors from around the state are doing to boost their wellness.

2. Get active - Take a walk. Ride your bike. Go for a jog. Or participate in dozens of other healthy activities.

3. Track your progress - Sign in to the portal and record your accomplishments. Select from preset activity descriptions or upload data from your Garmin, FitBit, smartphone, or GPS unit. Download Plus3’s Free Apps.

4. Donate to a great cause - The points (kudos) you earn for each activity convert into cash donations for charity. You can select from one of seven Delaware charities to put your sweat equity toward! 

Cross country camping

Seashore Striders runners Lainey Shockro and Devin Hundley are attending the Nike Green Mountain Running Camp this week in New Hampshire. The camp offers the perfect mix of learning, training and recreation for both high school and middle school cross country runners in its 43rd summer.

The camp is held on the gorgeous 1,300-acre campus of Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., located just 13 miles south of Dartmouth College. The bucolic KUA campus offers miles of beautiful wide running trails, right from campus. 

Other than eating a lot of lobster rolls, the girls have had miles of hills and trails. They took part in a Nike National Photo Shoot, and they hung out with Andrew Wheating, the 2008 and 2012 Olympian and Oregon great, as he continues to run as a Nike professional runner today.