Triathlete and distance runner promotes organ donation after traumatic accident

LANE REPORT | Kathie Stumps
Lisle Adams, an experienced endurance athlete, is recovering from a catastrophic accident and
is helping others in the meantime. Here he is participating in RunTheBluegrass Half Marathon.
On Sept. 13, 2016, Lisle Adams was on his way to work – he runs a Lexington wholesale company called Shuffle Bean Coffee – when he had a fender bender on a busy stretch of New Circle Road. He pulled over to check the damage. Then another driver had a seizure, drove off the road and pinned Adams between the two vehicles. The driver’s foot was still on the gas pedal.

People stopped, broke the driver’s window and stopped the vehicle, pulled Adams away and called an ambulance. The accomplished triathlete and distance runner was rushed to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he stayed for 16 days. His injuries included extensive soft-tissue damage to his leg, a compound fracture of the femur and a shattered pelvis, necessitating 10 different surgeries in just under eight months.

After his hospital stay, he was bed-ridden for another two months. Being incapacitated for so long was difficult for someone so active. He swam for Transylvania University while majoring in accounting from 2005 to ’09, cross-trained during the summers with cycling, then took up running after college and wound up competing in 5K races, sprints, Olympic-distance triathlons, nine marathons and two half-Ironman competitions.

Adams, married to Chrissie Adams, had wanted to have an Ironman triathlon under his belt before he turned 30, so last year he registered for Ironman Maryland. It was set to take place on Oct. 1, six days before his 30th birthday. Continue reading

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