WEB EXCLUSIVE: 71-year-old former Marine travels coast to coast for a good cause
Rick Hermelin may be 71 years old but this former Marine
is more active than most teenagers.
"In the past 35 years I've run 100 marathons, 100 half
marathons, 100 10-K's, so I figured I'd do a run coast to coast," said
That's exactly what he's doing. After a sendoff at
Waterfront Park in Beaufort, Hermelin set off on his 100 day journey for the
Corps. Using am ElliptiGo bike, he is running from Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island to the west coast.
"My destination is Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego,
where I did my boot camp," said Hermelin. "My first day was March 23...53 years
Now he's making his way back to San Diego.
"I never got injured," said Hermelin. "It was a relatively
peaceful time. I've been very healthy all my life, nothing hurts even after all
those runs. This is my opportunity to give back and help."
So, as he makes his way across the country, he's raising
money and awareness for a very worthy cause to help his fellow Marines who
weren't so fortunate.
He's hoping to raise $10,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, which
is a charity that supports injured Marines and their families.
"We provide assistance from the point of injury all the
way through their recovery," said Kathy Wise, Semper Fi Fund. "We can assist
with families coming to the bedside. We can assist the service member through
their recovery with anything from housing adaptations to vehicle adaptations and
With each mile, Hermelin is proving the old saying once a
Marine, always a Marine is still true.