Doctors Loren and Mark Clayman, both former All American collegiate track athletes and charitable plastic surgeons practicing at Riverside St. Vincent’s Hospital sponsored, for the third year, a relay team competing at the Keys 100 mile ultra-marathon road race.
The team placed first in their division, bettering their time from last year by over one hour. The six man team consisted of Bobby Clayman, Mike Carol, George Dover, Gary Laughlin, Brian Schumacher, and Scott McCarthy.
This year’s race was very special for team member Bobby Clayman. Last July, Bobby suffered a leg injury that required emergency surgery. Post surgery, he suffered from blood clots in both legs and lungs. Through several months of intense physical therapy and the support of his family and friends, Bobby was able to compete and contribute to his team at a very high-level.
Bobby Clayman also represented “Clot Busters Racing to Stop the Clot,” a group of worldwide athletes who compere while on blood thinners. His perseverance and success are a testament for all athletes to return to a normal lifestyle and continue to live again.
The race began at 5:45am in Key Largo and ended in Key West in pitch black darkness. Runners kept coming in throughout the night and into the following afternoon. After the race, there was a medal ceremony to celebrate the winners and commemorate the achievements of each participant.
The Clayman’s followed the team through all of the checkpoints, drawing on the strength of the team, and feeding off of the inspirational drive of other runners they met along the way.
“We followed the race for 100 miles through all of the checkpoints, speaking with so many interesting competitors who shared their perspective on running, how they felt, why they do what they do, and the unique way that athletes live their life with goals and persistence. The race demonstrates the endurance of the runners and the commitment to teamwork, ethics, determination and mental fortitude,” commented Elana Clayman.
The race tracks over 100 different teams throughout the United States with many teams returning year after year for the charity the challenge and the camaraderie.
Thank you for all the support, Drs. Clayman, not only for the teams but for such a worthy cause.
TheClaymans are planning an awareness and fund raising event for the National Blood Clot Alliance and Stop The Clot.