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My name is Rick Hermelin and I served in the Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963 as an Aviation Communications Technician. That training was to serve me very well in my 30-year career as an Electronics Engineer. For the last 20 years I have enjoyed working as a Massage Therapist and helping my clients feel better.

Over a period of 35 years, from August 1976 to June 2011, I completed 100 marathons, 100 half-marathons, and 100 10K’s. When I completed these milestones, I started looking for a new goal and came up with the idea of running coast to coast.  It’s something I have thought about many times and have always wanted to do.  I will be 71 years old when I start my journey, so I was worried about my body being able to handle the trek.  That’s when a client suggested I try the ElliptiGO, and the rest is history. By doing the run on an ElliptiGO I am able to do it without the impact of regular running and I’ll complete it much faster than on foot.

March 23, 1959 was my first day in the Marine Corps at MCRD San Diego and now, exactly 53 years later, I will start this journey to celebrate the good influence the Corps has had on my life all these years. On March 23, 2012 I will start my run on an ElliptiGO at MCRD Parris Island, SC and finish 100 days and 3000+ miles later on June 30, 2012 at MCRD San Diego, CA.

My goal is not only to run across the U.S. on my ElliptiGO, but to raise at least $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides support for injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families. If you would like to support my fundraising efforts for this incredible organization, you can make a donation to them here: My Fundraising Page

I hope you will follow my journey here or through my Facebook page and I welcome your support throughout my training and the event!

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  1. Zander Keig / Jan 21 2012 9:05 am

    You are a true inspiration dad!!

  2. REV. RICHARD ANDRESKI / Mar 9 2012 4:56 am

    DEAR SIR/MADAM:

    CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE WE CAN PURCHASE THIS ELLIPTICAL BIKE? IT APPEARS EASY TO USE AND WOULD TRULY BENEFIT MY WIFE AND ME AS 75 YEAR OLD SENIORS AND OUR WALKING REGIME. THANK YOU.

  3. Kris / Mar 9 2012 9:45 am

    When you come through Phoenix I hope to be there to cheer you on… Good luck and have a safe trip across country.

    • rickhermelin / Mar 15 2012 8:43 am

      Thanks Kris, sorry for the delayed reply, I’ll be going through the area June 15 and 16.

  4. Ed Hermelin / Mar 9 2012 3:29 pm

    Way to go uncle Richard!!!

    • rickhermelin / Mar 9 2012 11:02 pm

      Thanks Ed, did you see me on Fox and Friends?

  5. rickhermelin / Mar 11 2012 5:19 pm

    Very good post by Bike & Roll about our New York City experience with the interviews. Thanks to all the staff that helped make it happen.

  6. victor hermelin / Mar 20 2012 1:58 pm

    uncle rick may you have a great and safe jounery going cross country victor

  7. basiloneroad / Mar 24 2012 7:41 am

    Hey Rick, I wished I was with you! It was 53 years ago (Mar 23rd) yesterday that we left Brownsville and entered MCRD to become Marines. As I remember, it was you who talked me and Bobby into joining into the Corps. It doesn’t seem so long ago. I have sent your message to many of the old friends in Brownsville who will be following your journey. I wish you all the luck in the world. I will try and be in Austin when you come through. If not I will pick you up some where along the trail.

    Neil

    • rickhermelin / Mar 24 2012 3:27 pm

      Thanks Neil, look forward to seeing you somewhere along the journey.

  8. Darlene Thornton / Mar 25 2012 7:55 pm

    It was a pleasure having you stay with us last night.

  9. galapata1 / Apr 2 2012 11:30 pm

    Rick, My name is Juan Marcos Myerston Hermelin,!!! yes Hermelin!!! !!! I’m very proud of you= my Tio , Im Beatriz Hermelin son :)
    I will follow you trip , I wish you the best from New York

    • rickhermelin / Apr 3 2012 12:46 pm

      Thanks Juan Marcos, good to know you are following me. Say hello to your mother and aunt.

  10. Marta Graham Sebastian / Apr 12 2012 8:16 pm

    Hope to see you in Austin in May.

  11. Andrew Rivas / Apr 14 2012 10:19 pm

    We will cross paths. I do a memorial ride each year for my fallen brother LTC Ray T. Rivas from Flagstaff, AZ to Las Cruces, NM. I plan on camping in Caballo on May 31st. I normally stay at the KOA there. Safe ride,

    Andrew Rivas USN (ret)

    • Kettle of Fish Clothing / Jun 2 2014 5:48 pm

      @Andrew Rivas aren’t you USN RESERVE, NOT USN??? Why would you lie about that??? Lying like that is not very American…among the other things that you’ve done…You shouldn’t sully Lt.Col. Raymond Rivas’ name with your own…

  12. Russ Rogers II / Apr 15 2012 8:52 am

    Semper Fi Rick! My grandfather was 3rd MARDIV and my dad was 5th 68-69 Khe sanh. I was In for 4yrs myself and now a firefighter here in slidell. I will follow you till you complete your journey. Stay safe brother

  13. Dannielle Wascom / Apr 18 2012 10:20 am

    Very impressive to say the least!

    I didn’t have the honor of meeting you last night at FPD#4, however I will keep up with your endeavors via your Facebook page.

    Best wishes and many prayers for you.

    Dannielle Wascom – Walker, Louisiana

    • rickhermelin / Apr 18 2012 5:30 pm

      Thanks Dannielle, enjoyed the hospitality at the station.

  14. Roy Heideman / May 10 2012 1:33 pm

    Rick,
    We met today at the recycling center. Just wanted to say good luck on the rest of your trip and you’ve inspired me to get back on my bike. Also, my stepson Cody is a marine vet that did a tour in Iraq and made it home safe but know there’s many others that did not. Thanks for what you’re doing for the Semper Fi Fund.
    Roy

  15. Pat / Jun 22 2012 11:14 am

    Hi Rick, good luck! Thanks for keeping the faith.
    Semper Fi,
    -Pat

  16. Carol Martinez / Jun 11 2013 12:05 am

    Hi Rick, I just want to thank you for being out doing what your doing! Your such an inspiration! In just the few miles I got to ride with ya and chit chat during my first 70mile ride, at the LA River Ride, I was amuzed right off the back on what a humble, amazing athlete you are riding your elliptigo bike at your age! Thank you for being so kind to me in return! I read your story and I’m even more inspired but what you do! Keep doing what your doing! I will be more than happy to link your site on my page to help you with your endeavors! Best wishes to ya and look forward to seeing ya on future trails!;) Carol Martinez, LA Trail Bikers founder.

  17. rickhermelin / Mar 15 2012 8:31 am

    Thanks Claire.

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