This summer, Jefferson Blizzard, age eight, unknowingly became motivation for 47-year-old Tim Edgemon when they crossed the finish line side-by-side at Tim’s first 5k – the June Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5k.
Ken likes running fast. While his approach to training may not be textbook, he discovered what captivates so many of us about the running community – that everyone is welcome and the right way to run is simply to get out there and run.
Running has provided Betsy Slay, lover of learning and life, abundant opportunities to grow and expand by becoming a running coach. In her story, she shares how she hopes her experiences and training will help others live their own lives in authenticity and freedom.
You may know Roxanne Youngs by her hashtag #whatsyourgrandmadoingtoday and maybe you think of her as the little engine that could (do anything!). In her story, she shares how it took her forever to get up the nerve to go the LRC group runs and how looking back, going is one of the best things that has ever happened to her.
Running was a surprise gift for Jan Mohler. A tragic loss for a co-worker led Jan to volunteer and raise funds for the Leukemia Society which lead to a meeting with a Team in Training and LRC running coach. 20 years and a bunch of adventures later, and Jan is still lifting others’ spirits with a smile and encouragement.
A runner for the past 40 years, Kenny Greenwell still has big goals at age 72. Kenny ran his first marathon in 1984 in Louisville, KY and finished his 100th in Louisville in 2018. He’s now targeting a half marathon goal of 100, and Kenny is giving himself eight years to finish the last 31 13.1 events.
Kaelani completed all 10 LRC races in 2019, winning overall female at the Aching Quad Challenge and Double Down 5k, and placing in her age group in the other events. Leone also became a certified RRCA running coach in 2019, and volunteers with the LRC as a coach for the LRC Kids Run Club. In 2020 Kaelani trained for and completed her first marathon, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, in 2:55:30.
A two-time Olympica Marathon Trials Qualifer, Lakeland runner Jon Mott set a personal record (PR) 2:18:03 and won the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon on Dec 13, 2020. In 2017, Mott won the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 2:22. You can find Jon running the Lake Hollingsworth area most mornings and afternoons.