Rick Eles-Ontario
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Athlete of the Week

Rick Eles from Ontario

April 21st, 2020
Rick Eles walked his way to 1000 KM in less than 4 months. See how he did it!

Did you walk, jog or run this challenge?

My children got me an Apple Watch for my 70th birthday last April. I didn’t even have a cell phone, so it forced me to get an iPhone! It became addictive, and from April 23rd to December 31st, I walked 2810 km! I had a major heart attack in 2003 with stents inserted to correct my situation! I have always been a walker but had no idea how much I was walking until I got the watch and phone. I guess I am OCD

How often do you walk?

I walk at least twice a day with my dog. Once, in the early morning, before my wife gets up, and the second time, I walk with my wife and our dog. I sometimes go a third time!

What was your greatest obstacle while aiming to reach 1000KMs?

Living in northern Ontario, the morning walks this winter have been difficult. I sometimes have to decide to go early or wait until it is a little warmer.

How do you stay motivated and find the time to walk and run?

Being retired, I consider walking to be like a job that I have to do every day.

What advice would you give someone to stay focused on reaching 1000KM in 2020?

If you are having difficulty getting motivated, find a friend to go with you! Then two people will win!


Great work Rick and thank you for sharing a part of your story with us! We wish you the best of luck in reaching your 2020 goals!

You can follow Rick Eles’ progress on the new Leaderboard, and cheer him on as he reaches 4000 KMs in 2020!


7 thoughts on “Rick Eles – Athlete of the Week”

  1. Congratulations to a fellow walker. I like you don’t cover a lot of ground on any one day but I just go often. Slow and steady for me. Don’t think I can match your 2810 but it is not a race anyway. Good for you.

  2. Outstanding Rick ……it’s when you read stories like this that push me to move my spirit towards Mother Nature. Keep on walking your an inspiration ?

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