BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of obese children has more than doubled in the last 30 years. A group of local cyclists are working to raise awareness of the issue.
A four person team will ride 860 continuous miles to raise awareness of childhood obesity and veteran suicide. The Race Across the West goes from Oceanside, California all the way to Durango, Colorado.
The team says they hope to compete the trip in two days. It's the second longest non-stop endurance race in America, taking riders through four different states.
They're getting a taste of what it will be like, as they ride for 17 hours straight at Salty's Barbeque on Rosedale Highway Thursday from 5 am to 7pm to raise money for the cause.