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July Scholarship Winner

July Scholarship Winner

Markie Mark.

Warm-up: 15 KB Swings (50/35lbs), 10 Dislocates, 10 Push-Ups, 10 Air Squats x2

Power Clean: 6×2 (lightweight); Then 10 Singles to Reach a 1RM

MetCon – For Time:
15 Reps of the Bear Complex (135/95lbs)
(Bear Complex = 1 PC, 1 FS, 1 PP, 1 BS, 1 PP. These movements can be combined)

Finisher: 2 Minutes Parallette Straddle

So I was about to type a post on the July scholarhip winner (I know we’re late on this!), but I re-read the scholarship entry and it was just way better than anything I could write on this person. Therefore, I would love to share it with you.

Once upon a time there was a boy named Mark Lane. He was born in a small town with a big family. Little Mark led a fairly normal little-boy-life with t-ball and broken bones and Radio Flyer red wagons. He didn’t know it then, but he had been blessed.

Mark continued to lead a fairly typical life, not without the usual curve balls of hardship, life lessons, and personal growth. He developed into a very admirable young man, always making his parents proud. Finally the day came for young, brawny Mark to journey off into the world on his own. Unsure of what his path should be, he gave it the ole college try. Although he excelled at collegiate sports and found himself popular with the ladies, this was not the path for him. Driven by a deep desire to serve others, our young protagonist joined the United States Air Force. It was during this chapter of his life that Mark’s world changed.

Shortly before our young motherland experienced a rather significant event, our young Mark swore in to support his country. Luckily, he was sent to Arkansas instead of Afghanistan and managed to stay out of any serious danger…or so he thought. At 24 years old, Mark was diagnosed with Type 1/Juvenile Diabetes and was honorably released from the USAF.

This was a difficult time for our young Mark and he grieved the loss of a fully-functioning endocrine system. But remember eager readers, this young man was blessed. Our Mark used the servant’s heart, gracious morals, and thankful disposition that God had graced him with and he moved forward by reverting back to a childhood dream of becoming a firefighter. As he began to pursue yet another selfless job, he learned that it was much more difficult task as a Type 1 Diabetic. Many people told Mark that it was not possible, but he did not give up. Six years after his diagnosis, Mark became a firefighter.

Now the story does not end here. Mark has not quite reached his storybook ending. Our young hero is still a Type 1 Diabetic and will be for the rest of his life. He does not have the luxuries that most people have when it comes to eating, drinking, and simply being, so each day brings a new challenge. Yet, one would never know. Our young Mark is not one to complain or become defeated. Instead he always seeks the silver lining and inspires those around him to be happy and thankful. His sincere personality and frequent smile have made many days at Ktown enjoyable for those around him.

Mark’s story is not one that he often shares for acknowledgment or sympathy, but it should be shared as a source of motivation to others. He is a great example of being thankful for what you have and making (paleo) lemonade out of all of life’s lemons. Mark is the definition of “good people” and would never seek recognition like this for himself.  However, I do not believe that nice guys finish last at Crossfit Ktown so it is with this story that I nominate Mark Lane for the CFKT scholarship.

Congratulations Mark!
<3 Coach Miss J

Biz Markie.

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:02+00:00 July 12th, 2011|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. T-Pain July 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Awesome Mark! Couldn’t have gone to anyone better

  2. Rachael aka DIVA July 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Mark…you are my hero!!! Ps, I still think you should take a photo of Samantha in her wedding dress with the fire outfit on. You deserve the best and since you are married to Samantha you are on the perfect path. Congrats mark!

  3. Rise Up July 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

    HE’S INSANE, HE’S MARK “NIGHTHAWK” LANE!!!!! I have had the honor of playing rugby with Mark for a couple years before he started Ktown. Definitely a class act, putting others first and always lending a hand. He’s also the funnest person on a long road trip. Couldn’t think of anyone that deserves this more. Congrats Mark.

  4. Coach CBo July 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Congrats, Broski. A well-deserved award!

  5. Ben July 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    My only regret is that I didn’t know the guy sooner. Mark you are an outstanding man and I am so honored to sweat next to you. So glad you decided to join this Funky Bunch.

  6. Erin July 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

    So deserving! Congrats, Mark! Such a nice and good looking guy (except when he has that nasty stash!). :)

  7. Mark's Nephew Elliott July 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Uncle Mark, I always have fun whenever we get to play together and I think it is awesome that you are a firefighter. Thank you for showing me around your firehouse and letting me see (and ride in!) the awesome fire truck. You are a great example for me to always keep your head up and to work hard for what you want.

    You are a great uncle!
    Daddy says you are the best little brother anyone could have.
    Mommy says that you and me and daddy “toot” too much when we are together in the house.

    We all love you!

    Your nephew and friend,
    Elliott

  8. Lisa Barger July 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I have known Mark since he was knee-hi to grasshopper. His parents done a wonderful job with both Mark and his Brother, Miles. Coming from a small community like ours allows us to have extended family. I certainly consider the Whole Lane family part of mine!

    Who know Mark would one day grow up and make such an impact on so many lives. I am proud to say “Congratulations Mark! You have made YOUR mark on the universe!”

    Lisa Barger, Neighbor from the Little Town

  9. Lisa Barger July 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I have known Mark since he was knee-hi to grasshopper. His parents done a wonderful job with both Mark and his Brother, Miles. Coming from a small community like ours allows us to have extended family. I certainly consider the Whole Lane family part of mine!

    Who know Mark would one day grow up and make such an impact on so many lives. I am proud to say “Congratulations Mark! You have made YOUR mark on the universe!”

    Lisa Barger, Neighbor from the Little Town

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