By Mark Walker | North County Times | NCTimes.com | November 27, 2011
Take an aging marathoner and a contraption produced in Solana Beach known as an ElliptiGO, then toss in the Marine Corps, and the result is a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast run-ride from South Carolina to San Diego to raise money for injured troops.
That's the plan for 70-year-old Rick Hermelin, a runner with 100 full and 100 half-marathons under his belt.
In March, the former Marine is planning to propel an ElliptiGO from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. And do it in 100 days.
"My support team will be the pack on my back," said Hermelin, a Ventura County resident who plans to move to North County soon to complete his training.