“Running to Live, Living to Run”

Army veteran, Dr. Clayton Lawrence, sets out to participate in the Army Ten-Miler on October 20th to support the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (MMD Newswire) October 16, 2013 — Finding the strength to get out of bed is a challenge for most people. However, finding the will and determination to run up to 60-70 miles a week is another thing entirely. This is the life that Clayton Lawrence has chosen, though. Or perhaps, it has chosen him. As he gears up for a cause that is near and dear to his heart, the Army Ten-Miler that will benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Lawrence makes it no secret that running symbolizes more than just health. It symbolizes life.

Dr. Lawrence, CEO of the LEAP Foundation DC, LEAP, LLC, and a former Army physician, has not always been an avid runner. In fact, 2011 marked participation in his first full marathon, and while running one marathon is an impressive accomplishment for most, this would be just the beginning for him. Over the next two years, Lawrence would complete 25 more races, having run over 4600 miles, and having burned more than 690,000 calories. “Running 60-70 miles per week has transformed my life,” says Lawrence, but what is even more admirable are the lives of those he has changed by doing so.

Countless individuals, communities, and organizations have benefited from running enthusiasts like Lawrence who recognize the power of displaying the indomitable will of the human spirit. Benefit races that he has participated in include runs for the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inheritance of Hope Foundation, St. Jude Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and the ING Run for Something Better. The Army-Ten-Miler will add an equally important cause to this list.

“As a former service member, I am running to boost morale and bolster support for the spirit of service,” Lawrence states. “I know firsthand, through my work as a military physician, the agony and pain paralyzed veterans experience in order to continuing living. Veterans hold a special place in my heart, and they and their families should be recognized and thanked for their sacrifice.”

The Army Ten-Miler, like so many other causes, has helped form the foundation for Lawrence’s unwavering commitment to his training. He chronicles his journey into the world of running via many mediums, including the LEAP Foundation website, as well as his personal Facebook and Twitter accounts. Providing a candid, but encouraging look at what it takes to prepare, Lawrence simply seeks to encourage people to take the small steps that lead to great things.

Paralyzed Veterans of America program manager, Julia Walker, who recently began following Lawrence on Twitter, told Lawrence, “I am so impressed with your heart and dedication to running/training. You’ve actually inspired me to get out there and hit the pavement.”

Dr. Lawrence believes that running has transformed his life, but with every step, he has inevitably made far greater strides than he could have ever imagined.