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

March 19th, 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.

Hermelin, a Ventura County man who has been training in North County in recent months, wants to raise $10,000 for the fund that helps injured Marines and their families.

"It's very important to let people be aware that there is that need, and these are people that have basically sacrificed much, much more than I have or most of us ever will," Hermelin told 10News.

He will be riding an elliptigo, a cross between a bicycle and an elliptical trainer. Moving the foot pads up and down turns the wheels of the device, which is made in Solana Beach.

Hermelin plans to fly to South Carolina on Tuesday to prepare for the start of the journey.

Click here to learn more about Hermelin's journey or to make a donation.

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