Man puts goals in motion for cancer benefit
Dan Oshop expects to bike hundreds of miles this weekend, but he won't move an inch.
Oshop, owner of Bruster's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Yogurt shop in Greenfield, will pedal a stationary bike from 5 a.m. today until 9:45 p.m. Monday in an attempt to smash the current mark in the Guinness Book of Records.
The other goal is to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
The marathon event isn't Oshop's first feat on a bicycle. He rode around the world in 366 days in 2000 to raise money for cancer research.
Every hour that Oshop pedals this weekend will raise money for Katie's Fund, which supports pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
Oshop, 50, will receive one 15-minute break every eight hours.
"I'm in pretty good shape and a firm believer in the cause, but I believe that 80 percent of this will be mental," he said. "There may be a lot of people who can do it physically, but the mental aspect makes all the difference."
The current record-holders are two men from South Africa who each pedaled 60 hours on a stationary bike. Oshop said he hopes to beat that with 65 hours and to raise $20,000 for Katie's Fund. Oshop must maintain a speed of at least 12 1 / 2 mph.
"Just yesterday, I put in three hours on a stationary bike, and I felt just as good when I started as when I finished," he said.
Oshop also must have at least two witnesses and one medical professional with him at the ice cream shop at all times. He is asking that people interested in being a witness or with medical training to call the shop at (412) 422-9555 and to schedule a time slot.
People still can pledge money by either calling the ice cream shop or e-mailing Oshop at email@example.com .