Lane Custer

Lane Custer

Lane is a fit soon-to-be 60 year old man.  He runs with a group of men and women who are at least one decade younger than himself.  He ran in the Boston Marathon the year of the bombing, and we went back the following year as well to commemorate the event and stand against such attacks. He runs for his mental health and fitness to be sure, but his passion is an inspiration to hundreds of other people.    He volunteers his time to run a summer track program and a fall cross country program for kids from 5 years old to high-school age. About 100 kids participate in each program annually. He pays the people who help him run the program, but never himself.   He teaches elementary PE, and the photo I tried to include is of a group of boys, including our son, lined up ready to run at the annual Happy Hollow Track Meet.  It is a great community event for the school, and the kids are jacked up to compete!   He coaches a vibrant track program at West Lafayette High school with boys and girls teams both finishing well in the state meet.  Many of the runners he develops through his programs stay in touch with him when they become adults, and it is a testimony to his power to inspire to see how running remains a part of their lives. He lives and breathes running, and because he is such a dynamic person who draws others to himself with his energy and humor, he is able to inspire hundreds of kids and adults to run for life.

                      

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