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Marine Runs Marathon On One Leg October 28, 2008

Posted by Edward von Bear in Heroes.
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I can add nothing to the valor that this fine young man has already demonstrated.

Before Cpl. Dan Lasko lost his left leg from the knee down as a result of a 2004 bomb blast in Afghanistan, he didn’t consider himself a runner. He didn’t spent much time distance running, and preferred team sports to the open road.

That all changed after Lasko, 25, joined Team Semper Fi, a group of injured Marines who raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Sunday, Lasko completed the Marine Corps Marathon on his prosthetic leg, finishing in 5 hours, 30 minutes, 43 seconds. He can add it to a post-blast resume that includes several triathlons, the Army Ten-Miler and the Bataan Memorial Death March, a marathon-length march through White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

“My friends think I’m nuts,” said Lasko, who was medically retired by the Corps in 2005. “Before I got injured, I was never a runner.”

Godspeed, Marine. Godspeed.

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1. Wickedpinto - October 28, 2008

I actually met a Marine who powerwalked under 18 minutes (3 miles)

with a prosthetic.

I hated that man.

2. skinbad - October 28, 2008

“My friends think I’m nuts,”

I think he’s nuts. Big, brass, gorilla nuts.

3. Dave in Texas - October 28, 2008

Yep.

A lurker over at AoS sent me this link of pics from the Marathon. Without giving away too much, she works at the hospital in Landstuhl, and wanted to tell me about another Marine who participated in this event. Pic 7.

http://www.stripes.com/08/oct08/marathongallery/

I felt as inspired by what she does day in and day out as I was the stories of these two Marines.

4. Wickedpinto - October 28, 2008

Marathon or not, seeing these guys basicaly not care about what happened to them is inspiring.

It’s like they are 10 years old all over again (I’m not infantilizing them, keep reading) they just re-learn all of the things we thought was awesome when we were kids.

I was in MRP (worst experience of my life) who was learning to walk after breaking his back, cuz, well. . . he fucked up, no spinal damage, but he was basicaly strapped down for about 4 months, so that he didn’t suffer any spinal damage.

He started his therapy during my 2 weeks in MRP, and he got up on his crutches and “ran” around the squadbay like a little kid who just learned to walk.

Cool cat, his name was Miller? Michler? It was a variation of miller.

about a weak after he could move on his own he got processed out.

Fucked up think, my buddy from Walla Walla, who hated me, until he got to know me (strange how that works out?) thought he just had a strain, but it turned out he had a degenerative bone desease. Not life threatening, but he couldn’t be a Marine anymore.

And he was a tough guy, he taught me a fair bit about lifting, more importantly he taught me to not be shy about how I lifted.

“Everyone starts small Pinto, that doesn’t mean you quit.”

I wasn’t a quitter, but I never cared, he taught me to be a better Marine, and unfortunately he was processed out.

we were only “friends” for about a week, but, in that week, I learned how fortunate I was to be ABLE ALLOWED to be a Marine.

He was MUCH more fit than me. I had the smarts, he had the fit, and since he was going away, he did his best to teach me about the fit.

I can’t remember your name bro, but I thank you.

5. Wickedpinto - October 28, 2008

Cpl Lasko is awesome, but, what Civvie’s don’t get.

When you believe, as those of you who are so proud of Cpl Lasko are right now, but when you believe?

For me it’s like religion.

It’s real, it’s so powerful it hurts.

Men like Cpl Lasko are my saints.

I want to live to their example, I want to be that kind of man.

Whats worse, is that HE’s that man, and it hurts even more, cuz I should have been that man.

He should have run this on two legs.

6. Wickedpinto - October 28, 2008

to quote Kazaia “Their my buddies, my friends.” but really, they are my betters.


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