Roker embarking on 50-state marathon

NEW YORK – Al Roker is testing his endurance again – and this time he’s picking up some frequent flier miles.

The “Today” show personality, a year after completing a marathon 34-hour weather forecast, plans to give reports from all 50 states within a week starting Friday. If successful, he’ll try to have it certified as a Guinness World Record, not that anyone has done it before him.

Last year’s stunt raised $70,000 for the USO. This year, Roker’s trip is benefiting Feeding America.

“If we can shine a light on something that’s a problem, I’m willing to do anything,” he said.

Roker takes care of the big travel issues first, starting Friday in Honolulu before flying to Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday. Then the real fun begins. Starting in Spokane, Washington, on Sunday, Roker travels through the Northwest that day.