AARP: Cross-Country for the Corps

March 22, 2012

By Allan Fallow | AARP | AARP.org | March 22, 2012

A geezer jock crosses the country on an elliptical bike for a straightforward cause.

Rick Hermelin is just your average 71-year-old on a trans-America trek.

Early on the morning of March 23, if all goes according to plan, the California electronics engineer-turned-massage therapist will pedal away from the main gate of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) at Parris Island, S.C., on the first leg of a 10-state, 2,951-mile crossing of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Beaufort Tribune: 71-year-old man to travel cross-country to benefit the Semper Fi Fund

March 22, 2012

Beaufort Tribune | Beauforttribune.com | March 22, 2012

Seventy-one-year-old former Marine Rick Hermelin will begin his coast-to-coast journey on an ElliptiGO bike to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund on Friday, March 23.

Rick, who is one of few people to have completed 100 marathons, 100 half- marathons, and 100 10Ks, will top all his previous athletic achievements with a transcontinental trek on an ElliptiGO elliptical bike. His journey will take him from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, SC to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA, and he’ll do it in 100 days. Read the rest of this entry »

ABC 4 News Charleston: Man runs cross country on an ‘ElliptiGO’

March 22, 2012

ABC 4 News Charleston | ABCNews4.com | March 21, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- What do you plan to do once you're 71 years old? Rick Hermelin, a retired marine, has had an idea for some time.

"I wanted to do a run, coast to coast, and that was my original idea was to run it," said Hermelin. Read the rest of this entry »

KPBS San Diego: 71-Year-Old Ex-Marine’s High-Impact Quest For Vets

March 21, 2012

By Helen Hawes | KPBS San Diego | KPBS.org | March 20, 2012

A 71-year-old former Marine is about to glide across the nation to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a charity established to help injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Rick Hermalin of Encinitas is going to ride an elliptiGO bike from Marine Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. to Marine Corps Depot in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

FOX News 5 San Diego: Former Marine embarks on transcontinental ride

March 19, 2012

Fox News 5 San Diego | Fox5sandiego.com | March 19, 2012

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- A 71-year-old former Marine said Monday he will make a transcontinental ride on a bicycle-like contraption to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Rick Hermelin, who has run in 100 marathons and 100 half-marathons, said he will begin his journey Friday at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Perris Island, S.C., and hopes to complete it 100 days later at the MCRD in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

KGTV San Diego: Retired Marine Prepares For Cross-Country Trek

Rick Hermelin on KGTV News SD
March 19, 2012
Rick Hermelin on KGTV News SD

By Ariana Duarte | KGTV San Diego | 10News.com | March 19, 2012

Rick Hermelin, 71, Will Ride From South Carolina To San Diego To Raise Money For Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- A 71-year-old retired Marine said on Monday he will make a transcontinental ride on a bicycle-like contraption to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Rick Hermelin, who has run in 100 marathons and 100 half-marathons, said he will begin his journey Friday at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Perris Island, S.C., and hopes to complete it 100 days later at the MCRD in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

UNC Nineronline: Traveling from coast to coast after graduation

March 13, 2012

By Malcolm Carter | UNC Charlotte | Nineronline.com | March 13, 2012

In the 19th century the pioneers did it on wagon wheels. In the 20th century Forrest Gump did it on his own two feet. Now in the 21st century Tanner Childs will travel coast to coast on his longboard.

Childs, a Criminal Justice major at UNC Charlotte, begins his journey after his graduation at the end of the semester. Childs and his brother Caleb will start May 14, 2012, in Wilmington, N.C. and end in San Francisco, Calif. Read the rest of this entry »

MSNBC: Sort of a really long, one-man parade for injured troops

March 10, 2012

By Andrew Dallos | MSNBC.com | Maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com | March 10, 2012

On Friday, March 23, former Marine Rick Hermelin will head out on his elliptical bike from South Carolina -- and just keep going. Hermelin, 71, plans to ride cross the country, reaching San Diego in 100 days. Minus food, which he'll buy along the way, he'll carry everything he needs in a small backpack.

He's raising money for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured and ill troops. "You just get started to push off and then it's just keep moving," he says.

'Push off and then it's just keep moving' from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.


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Pensacola News Journal: More than 13,000 show their Irish spirit at McGuire’s 5K

March 10, 2012

By Lindsay Ruebens | Pensacola News Journal | PNJ.com | March 10, 2012

A man in a green plaid kilt jigged his way to the starting line while a real-life toy plastic soldier tramped across the pavement.

One woman got ready by strapping on a belt with holsters for beer cans.

A gaggle of Marines in orange Spandex shorts and tight Hooters tanks Oorah'd, and an enormous green banana, a beer maid and graffiti-covered human dollar bills took off as bagpipes blared.

Saint Patrick himself — in all his bearded glory with staff, cardinal hat and shamrock-patterned robes — even showed up.

These racers were just a handful of the record 13,350 participants in the 35th annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Run on Saturday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox and Friends: 71-year-old rides cross-country for wounded Marines

March 9, 2012

By Steve Doocey | Fox and Friends | Foxnews.com | March 9, 2012


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Military Times: Meet Marine Capt. Mosi Smith, then follow his journey to the Badwater Ultra finish line

March 1, 2012
Mosi Smith 1 in 10 campaign running Blue Crab Bolt 2011

Mosi Smith "1 in 10 campaign" running Blue Crab Bolt

By Sara Davidson | Military Times PT 365 | MilitaryTimes.com | March 1, 2012

I’ve known of Marine Capt. Mosi Smith for almost a year now and met the man in the flesh in January. A logistics officer by MOS and currently the 19th Company Officer at the Naval Academy, Mosi has a reputation in ultrarunning circles for being one of the nicest, most-welcoming and all-around-good-people type of runner. And though he’ll deny it, he’s also very fast. Read the rest of this entry »

Houston News: Golf tournament to benefit ‘fallen heroes’

February 23, 2012

By Carrie Thornton | Your Houston News | YourHoustonNews.com | February 23, 2012

During his two years of service as a U.S. Marine, Major John Postorino took his duty of looking out for injured service men and women and their families seriously.

In between visiting hospitals to ensure the fallen warriors were receiving proper care and treatment, Postorino encountered several nonprofit organizations aimed at providing funds for military families in need and one in particular stuck with him. So much, in fact, that the retired Marine and current vice president for Skylla Engineering has organized a series of fundraisers benefiting the organization.

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Joint Forces Quarterly: An Interview with General James F. Amos

February 9, 2012

Story by William T. Eliason, Joint Forces Quarterly
February 9, 2012

JFQ: One of the areas all Services are working hard to improve is in energy cost reductions. Can you discuss some of the efforts the Corps has undertaken both at home and in combat to address this challenge?

General Amos: The effort of trying to change our energy culture began around 2009 at our bases and stations where we've had notable success. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps Connection: Marine’s Cross Country Ride

February 7, 2012
Tim Toumey's Operation Awakening for the Semper Fi Fund

Marine Tim Toumey with Operation Awakening

Tim Tuomey understands the sacrifices service members make to protect American freedom, especially after serving with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battlion, 2nd Marine Division more than two decades ago. While on a climbing trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he experienced what he called an "awakening" where he fully realized that what was truly important to him were the Marines and Sailors protecting his freedom. He organized Operation Awakening, in which he aims to "make a difference in someone else's life" by riding his bike 3,168 miles across the United States. He will leave Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., on April 12 and arrive at his former home base of 2nd Marine Division in Jacksonville, N.C., approximately 70 days later. Tuomey plans to raise money and awareness through his ride for The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support for ill and injured service members and their families.

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The Record Herald: Penn State Mont Alto plays game that matters

February 7, 2012

By Lee Goodwin | The Record Herald | TheRecordHerald.com | February 7, 2012

Penn State Mont Alto plays game that matters

Brooke Jacobs (left) and Emily Walck work the silent auction and raffle tables during Monday’s Semper Fi Rally at the PSU Mont Alto-PSU Lehigh Valley mens’ basketball game in Mont Alto. Photo by Lee Goodwin.

Mont Alto, Pa. – If sports and competition is the ship, then compassion and caring are the anchors.

Both emerged as the true winners Monday night as Penn State Mont Alto held a Semper Fi Rally before and during their PSUAC men’s basketball game against Penn State Lehigh Valley at the Mont Alto Multipurpose Activities Center.

All proceeds from donations raised from the event — which included a silent auction, a raffle and t-shirt sales — will be given to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization dedicated to helping wounded Marines as well as wounded veterans in other branches of the military who have been in support of Marines. The Semper Fi Fund raises money to assist these wounded veterans in need of special care. Read the rest of this entry »