Organizers of the sixth annual Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run are seeking sponsors for the May 16 event. In it’s first five years, the event has raised more than $49,000 for local organizations.
This year’s even will benefit the Clay County Senior Citizen Center, the Edwards Public Library summer reading program and the Clay County Junior Livestock Show.
The event is held each year in honor of Lyndon Laseman, an avid runner who in 2009 suffered a ruptured coronary artery and died after completing a 20-mile course in the Fort Worth Marathon.
“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. Lyndon was also a supporter of the community and Henrietta schools.
“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.
In following years, the fun run has raised $9,000 for the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department, $7,500 for the Clay County Senior Citizen Center, $11,000 for the Henrietta Boy Scouts, $4,500 for the Edward’s Public Library summer reading program, $7,000 for the Jolly VFD, and has given $3,000 to the Clay County Junior Livestock show for the sponsorship of reserve grand champion buckles.
Businesses or individuals wanting to sponsor the fun run can do so at three levels. Gold sponsorship is $500, silver is $250 and bronze is $100. Kim Laseman Tyler said any and all donations are greatly appreciated, even if not at the sponsorship level. To donate, contact Tyler at (940) 782-7324, or donations can be mailed to the Lyndon Laseman Memorial Fun Run, 2108 Rawhide Trail, Henrietta, Texas 76365.
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.
Entry forms are available at www.lasemanfunrun.org.