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Lyndon Laseman fun run draws 450 participants

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The third annual Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run and Walk was held Saturday, May 19, with some 450 runners and walkers participating.

The event includes a mile run, and 5K and 10K races.  Results of the 5K and 10K are available here.

The fun run honors Lyndon Laseman of Henrietta, who suffered a ruptured coronary artery and died in November 2009 after completing 20-mile run during the Fort Worth Marathon.

In a recent interview on Newstalk 1290’s Rise and Shine Show, Kim Laseman, Lyndon’s widow, said that her husband suffered from genetic defect not known to him or his family. Although he had not quite turned 50 when he passed away, his exercise routine and love of running actually prolonged his life.

The fun run began in 2010 as a way to encourage people to become more active, as well as to support the community.

The first Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run 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.

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