Lyndon Laseman suffered a ruptured coronary artery and died in November 2009 after completing 20-mile run during the Fort Worth Marathon. He would have had no idea of how much he was about to do for Henrietta, Clay County and the community he so loved.
“Lyndon was so excited about turning 50, so he could be in the higher age bracket and win more medals.” Said Lyndon’s Wife, Kim Laseman. “We were in Ft Worth for the Ft. Worth Marathon. Our girls were not with us at this race. Which turned out to be a ‘God thing.’ Lyndon said he wasn’t quite ready to run the marathon, so he signed up for the 20-mile race. He was in great shape, never sick and feeling good about life in general. It was a beautiful day for a run.
“He was in the crowd ready for the start. I was standing on a ledge at the side, so I could see his start. He spotted me, the gun went off, he waved this silly wave, yelled, ‘I love you.’ I yelled back, ‘I love you too,’ and jokingly said ‘you better come back to me.’ Sounds like that’s made up, but I promise you, it’s true.”
About 3 hours into the run Kim saw Lyndon coming over the hill, but walking. He was about 100 yards from the finish line and decided to run to the finish. Kim was snapped picture and ran to meet him. He was bent over and trying to catch his breath.
“We walked into the resting area and he sat down on a planter. I snapped a picture of him and was putting the camera in the case and he passed out, or so I thought,” said Kim Laseman. “I realized he wasn’t breathing. I checked for a pulse. He had none. I was holding him in my arms and screaming for help. I knew in my heart that he was gone, but wouldn’t admit it to my brain. Lyndon had died in my arms.”
The most important things in Lyndon’s life were his faith, family and friends, said Kim.
“He was always helping someone with something. So I decided to honor him by helping the people of Henrietta and Clay County.”
The first Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run took place in 2010 and raised $6,000 for the Boy Scout Troop 91 Building Fund. Kim chose the troop because Lyndon was an Eagle Scout.
Last year, the fun run raised $9,000, benefitting the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department.
This year, the Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run will benefit the Clay County Senior Citizens Meals-on-Wheels program, and has committed $1,500 to the Edwards Public Library Summer Reading Program and $1,000 to sponsor reserve champion buckles at the Clay County Junior Livestock Show.
“My hope is that by doing this we are helping better our community and being an example for others to follow suit,” said Kim Laseman.
The event consists of three runs: One mile, 5K and 10K. The mile run begins at 8 a.m. with the start of the 5K and 10K runs set for 8:30 a.m. The runs begin at the J.W. “Dub” Laseman and Lyndon Laseman Athletic Field house at Henrietta High School.
The Wichita Falls Runners Club will provide microchips for each runner to guarantee accurate times, no matter when they start the race. Each segment of the course has been checked by GPS for accuracy.
Volunteer fire fighters from several Clay County departments will be stationed along the routes to provide emergency response of needed, with EMS and Ham radio operators in support. Volunteers will man rest areas and will be stationed at intersections for safe crossing.
The top three runners in each age division will receive medals and all children participating will earn a ribbon.