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Pedal the Ocean

Adventurer Sets Next Offshore Sea Trial for World Record Human-Powered Ocean Crossing from Canada to Hawaii

03.24.2010
Calgary, Canada
Adventurer Sets Next Offshore Sea Trial for World Record Human-Powered Ocean Crossing from Canada to Hawaii

To Inspire Youth to Be Active, Greg Kolodziejzyk Will Pedal Small Vessel to Become First Person to Travel from Canada to Hawaii Under His Own Power

Speaker-adventurer Greg Kolodziejzyk, the holder of two world records, will conduct a second offshore sea trial in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Victoria, B.C., as he prepares to try to become the first person ever to travel from Canada to Hawaii under his own power. This March 30th, he will depart from Tofino, B.C., with his safety boat "Theodora," piloted by skipper Clive McGowan. They will stay out at sea for 2-3 days and will experience typical offshore ocean conditions that Greg might encounter during his actual record attempt this July.

Greg will begin his epic 4,800 km (3,000 mile) journey from Tofino, B.C., to Honolulu, Hawaii on July 1 using a custom designed pedal-powered boat christened 'WiTHiN.' His solo trip is expected to take between 50 to 80 days.

"Not only is this offshore sea trial a very important test of my boat 'WiTHiN,' it is also a good test for me, says Greg. Conditions should be very similar to what I will experience as I make my way across the ocean to Hawaii."

This trial follows a successful initial sea trial conducted February 15th, during which Greg and his friend Bryon Howard pedaled WiTHiN over 300 km in just under three days. Pedaling virtually nonstop, they traveled up Vancouver Island's inside passage from Nanaimo, B.C. to Port McNeil, B.C. The duo navigated dangerous tidal currents, were visited by a pod of killer whales, and dealt with a variety of winter weather conditions.

Greg already holds two human-powered world records. One is for the most distance covered by human power on land (1,041 km/647 miles). The other record is for the greatest distance covered by human power in one day on water (245 km/152 miles). For this record attempt in July, he's dubbed 'Pedal The Ocean,'(www.PedalTheOcean.com), Greg will pedal unassisted for up to 16 hours per day. All alone he will battle storms at sea, and risk capsizing, as he pedals through one of the most desolate stretches of ocean on the planet.

Greg is undertaking this daunting challenge to inspire young people to be more physically active, and to raise money for a related cause; Kimberlee's Bikes for Kids. For every mile Greg pedals across the ocean, Kimberlee's Bikes for Kids will donate one bicycle to a child who can't afford one. If he makes it all the way to Hawaii it could mean 3,000 bikes for 3,000 kids! Individuals, corporations and others are encouraged to help by pledging $50 for each mile pedaled at pedaltheocean.com/charity.php. Every $50 raised buys a bicycle for a child.

"This will be the most difficult and dangerous world record attempt I have ever pursued," said Kolodziejzyk, age 49. "It will be the ultimate test of human power. Through it, I hope to inspire others to do both extraordinary and ordinary things every day using their own power. Tapping into our human power is good for the environment, essential for our health, and it sends the right message about physical activity to our children."

For the last four years, Greg has been planning 'Pedal The Ocean' and building and ocean-testing his craft. Designed by world record-winning naval architect Stuart Bloomfield, and 'Pedal The Ocean' chief engineer Rick Willoughby, the small boat is made of carbon fiber. In good conditions it is capable of traveling up to 8-9 Kilometers Per Hour (kph).

The public is invited to track Greg's progress at www.PedalTheOcean.com, where he will transmit daily progress reports including video, photos, and live position feeds on the LIVE "Follow Greg" map.

Sponsors
Companies seeking to sponsor Greg's boat can call 530.908.9225 for details on an array of opportunities for publicity, including decal placement inside and outside the craft -- and others -- or visit www.pedaltheocean.com/sponsors.php.

Speaking
A captivating motivational speaker in high demand, and successful businessman, Greg Kolodziejzyk is a favorite presenter at conferences, commencements, retreats and other events. To view video clips of Greg's entertaining and engaging speaking style, visit www.human-power.com. To inquire about having him speak at your next function, please call 530.908.9225.

Visual Assets for the Media
For downloadable photo and video assets, please visit http://picasaweb.google.com/adventuresofgreg/ForMedia#.

For Video of the Recent Vancouver Island Sea Trial visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu1AUrAWwtM

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Contacts
Pedal the Ocean
(403) 651-2748
greg@pedaltheocean.com
www.pedaltheocean.com

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Adventurer Sets Next Offshore Sea Trial for World Record Human-Powered Ocean Crossing from Canada to Hawaii

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