Triathlete's invention aims to help injured runners 

San Francisco native and former Ironman Triathlon participant Bryan Pate created the ElliptiGO, a fitness device providing the experience and benefits of running without the impact.

What inspired you to make the ElliptiGO? I have always been an active athlete. However, after 32 years of damage to my body, I faced a dilemma: What does one do for fitness without the ability to run? I didn’t want to be relegated to cycling and I hated working out in the gym.

How did the ElliptiGO come to be? I reconnected with an old friend, Brent Teal, who is a stud ultra-marathoner and Ironman, as well as a talented mechanical engineer. He understood that I wanted to re-create running without impact. We sublicensed the idea from Larry Miller, the creator of the elliptical trainer, after Precor decided not to pursue the design in 2001.

Who is this product for? The main target is the injured runner: a 50-year-old former endurance runner who has realized they are not going to run for fitness forever.

Why is the ElliptiGO currently only available in California? It’s great for consumer interaction. I personally know everyone who has a bike in San Francisco, which has helped to not only improve the ElliptiGO but also the experiences of our customers.

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