When you think of athletes competing March 20th in the Los Angeles Marathon, Riki Rachtman may not be the first person that comes to mind.
One of the most popular VJs on MTV for more than 5 years, Riki is also a highly rated talk radio host and a respected NASCAR reporter, in addition to hosting several VH1 reality shows, serving as a “Rock of Love: Charm School” dean and starring in the TV show “Daisy of Love.” But to run 26.2 miles through the streets of Los Angeles is not what you would expect from the tattooed rocker. However that’s the plan, and in addition Riki will be raising money and awareness for America’s family farmers through Farm Aid.
“I chose to run for Farm Aid for several reasons,” says Riki. “I wanted to give back to America. I may be a city boy but have always been aware of the challenges of the U.S. farmer. I am very much against factory farming, especially when it deals with cruelty to animals. Farm Aid stands up for the families that have spent generations making sure we have healthy food. When farmers come across some very hard times, Farm Aid is there.”
Riki’s goal is a lofty one. His goals are not only to conquer the 26.2 mile course, but also to raise $10,000 for Farm Aid. “I have been going about it very grassroots,” says Riki, who has been getting the word out through his Twitter account.
Follow Riki on Twitter @RikiRachtman to find out how you can support his marathon goal and Farm Aid! Thanks for running for Farm Aid, Riki -- good luck on March 20!