Former Governor Jack Markell to Ride Across the Country under the banner of Motivate the First State

Former Governor to Bike Across America for Delaware Charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.

After a successful 8-year run as Governor of Delaware, one might expect Jack Markell would spend his first summer out of office traveling, relaxing, and enjoy a slower pace of life.

Markell, though, has a different idea.

Beginning on June 18th, former Delaware Governor Jack Markell will ride his bicycle 3,650 miles across America under the banner of Motivate the First State.  Markell will begin his journey in Astoria, Oregon and conclude his ride at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk on August 8th.

The reason for such an ambitious ride? Besides the adventure of challenging himself and seeing America from the saddle of his bike, Markell’s goal is to motivate Delawareans to get active with him and, in doing so, earn $100,000 for local Delaware charities.

To accomplish his goal, Markell is partnering with Motivate the First State (MTFS), an organization that promotes healthy living while raising money for seven local nonprofits, including: Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Special Olympics, YMCA of Delaware, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Urban Promise, Siegel Jewish Community Center and Young Life.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is honored to be one of the challenge grant recipients for Motivate the First State and “Jack’s Challenge“.

For Markell, partnering with MTFS was a no-brainer: “My goal is twofold; to motivate the citizens of our state to get active and lead healthier lives, and to bring much needed funds and resources to these great Delaware organizations. This platform allows me to do both.”

Since its inception in June 2015, MTFS has helped almost 3,500 Delawareans log 650,000 miles of activities, effectively earning over $72,000 for local charities. Markell is challenging the people of Delaware to log 350,000 more miles this spring and summer to reach the milestone of 1 million miles logged through MTFS.

Anyone can get involved and help Jack reach his goal by creating a profile on . The program allows Delawareans to log their healthy activities via their online platform and the Plus3 mobile app, and makes every mile count for participants by converting their healthy activities to dollars for charity.


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. will host challenges throughout Jack’s ride and serve as a hub to view Markell’s progress, read his blog, and keep up with his social media posts throughout his journey.


Get Fit While Raising Funds for the Clubs!  Healthy Living is BE GREAT Living!  Join Motivate the First State and turn your healthy lifestyle choices into dollars for Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.


Not yet registered for Motivate the First State?  It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

1.  CREATE IT.  Create your FREE profile on the Plus3 online wellness portal.  Be sure to select Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware in the “Teams” section – otherwise your kudos don’t earn us dollars!

2.  LOG IT.  Every time you are active or engaging in healthy lifestyle choices, record what you have done!  You can use your desktop, the Plus3 mobile ap, a FitBit or Garmin device.

3.  WATCH IT ADD UP.  The “kudos” points you earn for staying active and healthy convert to cash donations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.



If you already have a profile created from last years program, make sure you select Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.  This is a new component to the program.  Otherwise your kudos points will be evenly distributed across all 7 participating charities.


You are already doing so much to stay active and healthy, share your individual and team efforts as you get active.  Ask your friends, families, Club members and community partners to JOIN us in healthy living!  The more that join us, the more funds to be raised.  Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, tag us and share your success!

To learn more about Motivate the First State and how you can support Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware contact Heather Pletcher, 302-658-1870.