Pushed 66 miles from Perrysburg, OH to Fort Wayne, IN

by / Monday, June 15, 2009 / Published in Fitnesss 4 All 50 State Tour


Total miles pushed: 66

Defiance, OH. It took almost 4 hours, where we met with the Defiance Crescent Newspaper at around 1P.M. and spoke with Jenny briefly who took our picture. It should be interesting to see the differences in pictures from the start of this trip to the end. I’ve got a long way to go and will have to overcome adversity and tough times I know. Keeping my weight up and getting proper nutrition will be critical.  As a motivational coach for Kansas State Football I motivated the team to never give up and that there’s always a way. I firmly believe in those principles and whatever the hardship I will muscle through.  After all, it’s only a few thousand miles, I’ll just take the revolutions of my wheels one mile at a time. That’s how you get things done.  Just do the best you can and try to improve a little bit each day and the big picture will take care of itself.

I pushed another 37 miles through Mark Center, IN and Harlan, IN to Ft. Wayne.

Today I pushed 25 miles from Toledo/Perrysburg through Napoleon, OH, to

It was necessary for me keep my average over 12 mph to make the scheduled meeting with the police at Fort Wayne. My arms ached at times and my back hurt but I kept my speed on track and made my meeting.  At highway 37 and I – 465 we arrived at Wayne’s gas station and food mart where we met a police escort. I pushed another 4 miles that took us on to the intersection of State St. and Maysville at St. Peters Lutheran Church to meet the media. We arrived to meet the media between 4 and 4:30 P.M. The people of Ft. Wayne were cheering me on. They pulled over and stopped for the police. It was an awesome town with great supportive people that got excited about the Tour and me pushing across America in my wheelchair. Everyone we met was very respectful and hospitable people in the town of Ft. Wayne, Indiana as I’m sure they’re are to all their visitors.ABC. When the media asked questions I always rely on my training as a motivational coach, inspirational speaker, inspirational athlete, spiritual inspiration, inspirational faith and always answer with enthusiasm. My mission was to help get every community to get more involved in physical activity and in order to do that sometimes I have to be a corporate speaker for educating corporate employees and executives about fitness, a school speaker for educating kids about fitness, a church speaker for educating church members about fitness and college speaker for educating college students about fitness. As you can see there are a lot of hats I had to wear when it comes to speaking about fitness to the media or to the groups I would speak to in each city to help improve the overall fitness of each community.  It was a challenge I loved to do and because I enjoy helping people learn and become more educated about fitness and how it can improve the quality of their life and I enjoy living the life by pushing approximately fifty miles a day spreading the word about fitness by sharing the resources and tools with the groups within each community, one community at a at a time like here in Ft. Wayne Indiana today.Wayne in time to see the evening news. Jennifer from CBS did a great job even though I almost ran her over during the interview. HA! NBC and ABC also did excellent work. ABC’s segment did not air until later in the evening.  To read more about my tour and other events in my life be sure to hit the main page of my website at www.kevinsaunders.com and look for my books, “Revolutions”, “A Blueprint for Success”, and “There’s Always a Way”.

Media Present: Jennifer Cross with Ch 15 CBS, and Ch 11 NBC. Chad with Ch 21

After the Media interview we immediately drove to our sponsor Baymont on Washington Drive in Ft.

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.