Marathon Man

Trimble County native
Andrew on the run

He is running back-to-back
marathons in memory of late mom

By Janell Oliver
Contributing Writer

(May 2012) – Aric Andrew always considered himself athletic. With a lean build and a natural spring to his step, it wasn’t unusual for the quiet architect from Luckett & Farley Architects in Louisville, Ky., to be seen running outdoors three or four times a week. He particularly liked to run during nice weather, usually a couple miles at a time. That was his healthy routine.
But the idea of training for a marathon, of pushing himself 26.2 miles in one grueling, heart-throbbing, pavement-pounding go, only occurred to Andrew in February of this year. Now the former resident of La Grange, Ky., and Trimble County native is planning to participate in two marathons within weeks of each other.

Aric Andrew

Photo provided

Aric Andrew
ran his first
marathon April 28
in Louisville’s Derby
Festival race.

On April 28, Andrew ran the Kentucky Derby Marathon, and on June 3, two days after his 50th birthday, Andrew hopes to travel across the country to complete the San Diego Rock-n-Roll marathon.
That’s a lot of mileage for a novice. But Andrew’s stride is motivated by a cause: raising money for the cure.
“I lost my mother to cancer in February,” said Andrew. “It happened very suddenly. I’m running in honor of her memory and to celebrate my father’s 10-year anniversary of surviving his own battle with cancer.”
His father, Dudley Andrew, still resides in Bedford, Ky., where Aric grew up and attended Trimble County High School.
The idea came to Andrew after a co-worker approached him shortly after his mother died. Because Luckett & Farley Architects lost a couple of employees to cancer last year, a man by the name of Phil Gambrell decided to form a fundraising team.
“I’m an engineer and my nature is to fix things,” said Gambrell. “Of course, every one in the office was saddened by the loss of our co-workers. It seemed like fate that I happened to be sitting in a barber’s shop just before Christmas when I heard one hairdresser trying to convince another to join her team, a running team,” said Gambrell.
“Team in Training” is a group within the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society known for training people for endurance events, such as marathons, in exchange for raising money for the cause.
A group of 12 co-workers from Luckett & Farley Architects joined “Team in Training” with intentions of participating in either a half marathon or a full marathon and securing sponsorships in an effort to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
On March 31, the team participated in Papa John’s 10 miler race. But the team from Luckett & Farley ran six miles before the Papa John’s race even began. Since the first of the year, the Luckett & Farley team has raised nearly $20,000.
Like Andrew, Greg Buccola also finds his participation in “Team in Training” very meaningful.
“I am very fortunate because I was diagnosed with testicular cancer when I was 19 years old. Luckily, two surgeries and 12 weeks of chemotherapy later, I was cured. My cancer was only curable because of the research that has been done in the past. And that’s why it’s important that we continue to raise money for research,” said Buccola.
While some of the Luckett & Farley staff members have dropped out due to injuries, Andrew is still training strong. Of the co-workers, Andrew is the only one attempting back-to-back marathons.
“Aric is flat amazing,” said Gambrell. “His body must be made for running. We have people in our group who have completed between 20 and 30 marathons and Aric beats them all. Without a doubt, he the leader of our pack.”
“I’m actually surprised by how well I’ve been training,” said Andrew, who runs five days a week. His father is flying with him to San Diego to wait for him at the finish line.
In his early years as an architect, Andrew worked in Oldham County. In addition to designing the Covenant United Methodist Church on Hwy. 146, Andrew also designed the Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center in Crestwood. He is now working on the new softball stadium at the University of Kentucky.

• To sponsor Andrew, visit: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ky/rnr12/aandrewtzq#My-Fundraising-Page.

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