As the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day approach this year, I am thankful to be a Veteran and particularly proud to be a Marine Veteran. I am also humbled by those who have sacrificed much more than I was ever asked to as a Marine, whether that was serving in combat, being on the front lines of the civil rights movement, surviving the Holocaust, or being a first responder in a time of crisis.
We’re excited to share a little more about Jim’s story with you, as we honor him for his unending enthusiasm, his perseverance through medical challenges, and the encouragement he offers to his fellow riders.
"There are a lot of great moments, memories and stories that have come from these races over the years. In honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary of our first race, here are 10 of my favorites."
We just wrapped up the best three days of year: the ElliptiGO Rally and World Championships Weekend! HQ was buzzing, the streets of San Diego were lined with stand up and elliptical bikes, and smiles were around every turn! This weekend full of riding and comradery is capstoned by the World Championship race up Palomar Mountain and the Rally group rides through Solana Beach.
This year, we chose to honor Tera Moody. Tera’s generosity made way for two amazing campaigns: the Put A Bow On A GO contest last winter and the Ride Together, Rise Together contest -- which is accepting entries now ‘til Nov. 17! She donated ten 8C bikes, making it possible for others to experience the transformative joy of riding an ElliptiGO bike.
This month, we honor Lewis “Lefty” Leftwich. His welcoming attitude, his dedication to driving awareness for our brand, not to mention his love of riding for sweet treats have earned him the title September 2019 Rider Of The Month.
Emma made an awe-inspiring 4,900+ mile (8,000 kilometer) ElliptiGO trek across Australia in 2017. She used her achievement as a platform to raise money and awareness for One Girl which supports the education of girls in Africa. This example of women supporting women through astounding journeys has earned Emma recognition in a very unique way.
This month, we’re excited to share the story of a stellar athlete who is defying age stereotypes and is so humble about his amazing accomplishments. Rich Castro recently ran a 6:38 mile placing 2nd at the Pearl Street Mile, a USATF Colorado Championship race, in the 70-74 age group. While Rich is keeping his competitive spirit alive by continuing to achieve outstanding results, he also is encouraging people of every age to get active at every athletic level.
"Our drive from Stowe, Vermont to Bar Harbor, Maine took us right past Mt. Washington in New Hampshire...This was my first time back to see Mt. Washington since Bryce and I climbed it on ElliptiGO bikes back in 2010. Twice each year, they allow bikes onto the famous Mount Washington Auto Road to see who can get to the top the quickest."