Throughout Alex Lamme’s life he had a passion for running.
Not only was the 1993 graduate of Fremont High School a standout runner during his time on the Tigers track and field team, he also proved his passion and talent for the sport while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
While on the Huskers track and field team, Lamme became a national champion as part of the school’s distance medley relay team at the 1996 NCAA Indoor Track Championships. He was also a two-time GTE First Team Academic All-American while in college.
“He wasn’t just an athlete, he was also quite a scholar,” his father Nick Lamme said.
Following Alex’s unexpected death while on a business trip in April 2013, Lamme’s family and friends found a way to honor his memory through the sport he loved by holding an annual 5K run and fundraiser.
Later this month the fourth annual Alex Lamme St. Partick’s Day Dash will again honor his life through a 5K run and one-mile family walk beginning at 11 a.m. at the Christensen Family YMCA Camp on March 17.
This year the event falls directly on St. Patrick’s Day, which according to his father Nick, is a holiday that Alex also enjoyed.
“He wasn’t a big drinker or anything, but he particularly like St. Paddy’s,” he said.
In addition, people are being asked to wear green “Irish” garb and are encouraged to stay after the race for food and refreshments.
“We have hot dogs afterward and a cold beer or a pop whatever you want, so it is kind of a social event whether you want to come out and run or not,” Nick Lamme said.
Registration costs $25 prior to March 8 and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt. Anyone registering after March 9 will be required to pay $30 and there will be no guarantee of a T-Shirt.
The 5K run is being divided into eight age-based categories, and the top male and female finisher from each division will be awarded a prize.
“Considering we do it early we have had great weather and have had a great response. Not only have we gotten a great response as far as fundraising, but we had over 200 runners last year,” Nick Lamme said.
Proceeds from the race go towards the Alex Lamme Athletic and Academic Achievement Award at UNL as well as Alexander N. Lamme Academic-Athletic Scholarship which is available to graduating seniors of Fremont High School who have been active members of the Fremont High track and field team or Fremont High School basketball team.
People are encouraged to register at the Fremont Family YMCA’s front desk, online at https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=10450, through the special events page at www.fremontfamilyymca.org or by mailing cash or checks to the Y, 810 N. Lincoln Ave. Checks should be made payable to the Fremont Family YMCA.
For more information, people are encouraged to contact the Fremont Family YMCA at 402-721-6952.