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Sunday, March 29, 2009

The "Amazing Race" host will bike cross country for MS awareness

The reality show host launches his own adventure: a 40-day bicycle trek from Santa Monica to New York City to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
By Martin Miller
March 28, 2009
Phil Keoghan, he of the arched eyebrow and host of Emmy Award-winning " The Amazing Race," is a self-acknowledged creature of extremes.

For his day job, the 41-year-old New Zealand native logs more than 400,000 air miles per year, mostly as he crisscrosses the globe with the CBS show's $1-million prize and adventure-hungry contestants. But that's nothing really. He's also putted his way -- some 12,000 golf strokes and 107 miles in all -- across Scotland, set a world record for bungee jumping, eaten a fancy meal atop an erupting volcano and earned a reindeer-racing license in Finland.

Starting today, he's going to be facing another extreme: a 5,000-calorie-per-day diet featuring an afternoon treat he calls a "Philiminator" Shake (a special energy concoction combining whey protein, soy milk, flax seed and peanut butter). He's going to need every ounce to fuel a 40-day, 3,500-mile bicycle ride across America that kicks off today from Santa Monica and, he hopes, will end in New York City by early May, days before the season finale of "The Amazing Race."
The bike ride, during which he will cycle up to 100 miles per day, has two major purposes: to promote the reality show and help raise money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Fans of the show are invited to ride along with him for some of the journey. (See www.philridesacrossamerica.com for details.)
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