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Mark Schultz - 3,500 Miles Across the U.S. By Bicycle

More than $250,000 raised for orphans and widows

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Mark Schultz is pictured with former orphans from Poland and their adoptive mom. 

Mark Schultz is pictured with former orphans from Poland and their adoptive mom.  The family raised nearly $2,000 for the James Fund.

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Platinum selling, award-winning Word Records recording artist, Mark Schultz, has completed his 3,500 mile Across America benefit bicycle ride. Mark set out on May 7 from Newport Beach, CA and rode all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, ending the ride at Wallis Sands State Beach in Portsmouth (Rye), NH on Friday, July 6. The ride brought in over $250,000 to benefit orphans and widows through the Family Christian Stores James Fund and generated a documentary and new music that will be featured in the Broken & Beautiful Expanded Edition CD/DVD, which will be released on Sept. 25, 2007.

Mark started out traveling 84 miles his first day. His longest ride came near the end of the journey when he rode 200 miles between Canandaigua and Rotterdam, NY on June 30, In the end, he completed the journey six days early.

During the ride Schultz stopped along the way to perform concerts featuring music from his best-selling album, Broken & Beautiful (Compare Prices). In Hudson, OH, on June 26 at one of these concerts Schultz recorded a live version of his single, “I Am,” and the song, “Walking Her Home,” which has an alternate ending. These new recordings will be included in the Broken & Beautiful Expanded Edition CD/DVD, which will release on September 25.  The new album will also feature the song “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” from the WOW Hymns 2007 (Compare prices) release.

“Mark Schultz Across America” a documentary of his journey, as well as Schultz’s “Everything To Me” video, behind-the-scenes footage, clips of Mark talking about his songs and the song-writing process and bloopers will also be highlights of the CD/DVD.

During his Across America bike tour Schultz was able to do something for people extremely close to his heart. He made a special guest appearance at the Klicks for Kids photo exhibit. The exhibit featured the artwork of 67 Kansas children currently waiting to be adopted and was hosted by the agency from where Mark was adopted as a child, The Kansas Children’s Service League. 

Mark also toured through Greensburg, KS, where much of the F5 Tornado devastation occurred, and decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from his concert in Dodge City, KS that evening to relief efforts in the Greensburg area.

In a press release, Mark was quoted as saying, “Wow! I didn’t know I could do this. To ride across the country on a bike is something, but the real accomplishment here is what happens to lives as children and widows receive the benefit of the monies raised. I can’t thank enough the people that have supported me throughout this journey, from my crew on the road, to the people at the James Fund, the sponsors, all the encouraging souls I have met along the way and especially my wife and the orphans who gave me the courage to do this. I could not have done this without them.”

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