On April 18, 2012 in Juneau, Alaska FRAANK founder Romano Scaturro, at the ripe age of 50, set out on the first ever attempt to travel to all 50 US state capitals using only human powered means of transport and without any support. [...]
From the Alaskan capital the journey began with a 5 day, 65 mile paddle in a sea kayak through Alaska’s Inner Passage to Skagway, AK. From there he began the bike stage of his trek covering over 15,000 miles in less than 7 months to the remaining 48 land based capitals, arriving in to his home state capital of Phoenix, AZ on Nov. 23.
On April 22, 2013, Romano plans to resume the journey from Phoenix with the goal of reaching the 50th and final capital: Honolulu, Hawaii. After biking from Phoenix to Monterey Bay CA, he will board 'Little Star', a 19' specially constructed and fitted ocean rowing vessel, in an attempt to row 2,400 miles to his final Mid-Pacific destination.
Along the way Romano met with numerous state governors, legislators and community activists in his attempt to raise awareness and funds for this years cause; the epidemic of childhood obesity in the US. Nearly 1 in 3 children in America today are considered overweight or obese, due primarily to [...]
poor diet and lack of exercise. Through his nonprofit organization FRAANK, Romano has dedicated 50@50 to reversing this disturbing trend as well as raising funds for children and their families suffering from medical maladies. 100% of all monies raised go directly to the FRAANK beneficiaries.
If you would like to find out more about Romano, 50@50, and/or the FRAANK organization and it's causes, please visit our website at www.fraank.org