71-year-old Former Marine Completes 3,000 Miles on an ElliptiGo for Wounded Veterans


San Diego, CA – Seventy-one-year-old running enthusiast and former active duty Marine, Rick Hermelin, is honoring our nation's wounded veterans by riding 3,000 miles on an outdoor cross-trainer machine called an ElliptiGO to raise awareness and funds for injured service members. All proceeds from the trek go to support the Semper Fi Fund (SFF). Rick, who has 100 marathons, 100 half-marathons, and 100 10Ks under his belt, is keeping with the "100" theme by completing the journey in just 100 days!

Rick's one-man, self-supported adventure departed Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. on March 23, 2012, and will finish at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The meaningful coast-to-coast finish aboard MCRD commemorates Rick's service in the United States Marine Corps, while also honoring the Semper Fi Fund, who will be on site to celebrate his finish.

Rick has currently raised over $10,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, well exceeding his goal. Rick's tireless effort to ride across country on a self-supported mission not only signifies the warrior spirit of the Marines, but also the sacrifice of our nation's veterans. Members can donate to Rick's fundraising efforts by visiting Rick's website or by directly visiting the Semper Fi Fund website.

Who: Rick Hermelin, 3,000 mile ElliptiGO runner

What: Rick's ElliptiGO 100-day trek finish line celebration

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012

Where: Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Contact: Laura Castellvi, SFF Community Events Manager, (760) 207-0887

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