by Kelli Barnes
Rick Hermelin spent the thirty-fifth night of his 100-day journey in downtown Woodville, taking the time to meet with local law enforcement and the media. "I am 71 years old, I feel no pain and I still have all my original parts," said Hermelin. "I have run 100 10K races, 100 half marathons and 100 marathons. Now I am riding my ElliptiGO bike from Coast to Coast in 100 days, all to raise awareness and money for wounded Marines through the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund." This non profit organization provides financial assistance to wounded marines and their families while they recover. Although Hermelin was never injured, he did serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1959-1963. "I owe a lot to the marine corps," said Hermelin. "They trained me in electronics and it provided for me a successful 40 year career. After that, I became a massage therapist for several years and last July I took up running."
You can follow Hermelins journey on his blog or facebook: www.100daysforthecorps.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/100daysforthecorps. Pictured with Hermelin is Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department.