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

Beaufort Tribune | | 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. His departure on Friday, March 23 takes place on the same date he reported to basic training in 1959.

Rick has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, the charity that helps injured Marines and their families with immediate financial needs as well as specialized equipment and adaptive housing, transportation, education and job-training assistance. The public can join Rick in aiding injured Marines by making a donation at or

Rick will make his epic trek on an ElliptiGO, the world’s first elliptical bike, which combines the motion of the elliptical trainer with the functionality of a bicycle ( The motion is very close to running, which is what appealed to the runner in Rick. To make the 100-day deadline he has set for himself, he will need to average 30 miles a day. Rick will have to stay off interstates for virtually the entire route, restricting him to two-lane roads. The major challenges will be weather and some of the steep mountain passes he’ll confront along the way. Rick spent the last two months in San Diego, completing his training and learning all the ins and outs of the bike at the ElliptiGO headquarters so he can do his own repairs during his trek.

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