Ron Elkus

 

Ron Elkus, 56, of Huntington Woods will tell you he’s not an athlete. 

 If he was running, it was because something was chasing him.

 He sells men’s shirts and ties.

 He’s co-owner of the Shirt Box, 32500 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills.

 But when he turned 50, he decided he wanted to do something with his life that was productive and had a positive impact. 

The short story is that he began riding his bicycle and he hasn’t stopped. This also is where his partnership with Make-A-Wish begins. 

 Elkus started with a goal and started training for 50-mile rides as part of Make-a-Wish. 

 He trains for five days a week and logs thousands of practice miles.

Now he’s gearing up for the 29th annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour. The 300-mile ride takes place July 28 through 31 and starts in Traverse City, going through Big Rapids and Lansing before ending at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  This year he is attempting his fourth 300-mile bike ride for the nonprofit organization. Prior to that he rode in the 50-mile tour. 

 He’s a member of Team Alex.

Team Alex was started in January 1999 to honor the memory of Alex Graham, an incredible young lady whose life, and death, has inspired many to do good deeds and to try to participate in acts of loving kindness. In the spirit of Alex’s beautiful message, Team Alex was formed. A group of mostly novice cyclists signed up to participate in the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, a three-day, 300-mile fundraising bike tour to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation of Michigan. But that was only the beginning. 

It’s a promise to Alex and a promise to make wishes come true for families with children with life-threatening illnesses.

 So far this year Elkus alone has raised nearly $3,800 of his $5,000 goal.

 

– Edited by Julie Jacobson Hines, Local News Editor