If you haven’t heard of Lucy Lawrence, you still might know who her father is. Lucy’s dad is the Iron Cowboy. He holds two world records, one for completing the most 70.3 races in one year and then going on to complete the most 140.6 races in one year. After these two great accomplishments, he knew he could do more. He then went on to complete 50 full ironman distances in 50 days in 50 states. He did so in effort to raise awareness of child obesity and challenge others to be more active.
James “Iron Cowboy” Lawrence is one amazing triathlete and an inspiration to many people around the world. He is also a big family man. James has 5 children. Four girls, one boy, and his beautiful wife Sunny Jo. Together him and his wife set the best example possible for their kids to live an active healthy life.
Lucy Lawrence is the oldest of the five children. She also just completed an amazing goal herself of running 50 5k’s in 50 days in 50 states. While her dad ran each full ironman, Lucy would cheer him on with the rest of her family then meet up with him to run the last 5k of the race.
Lucy and her dad have both have inspired many people. We were so impressed with Lucy’s accomplishments and drive we decided Lucy was the definition of a sled pup and wanted to make her story our next feature. I was very excited when her dad emailed me back. They had agreed to do the interview! I was anxious to know more about Lucy, her running all those 5k’s and what inspires her.
EC: How old are you? When did you start running?
Lucy: ( Lucy is 12 ) I started running around second grade.That’s when my school started a running club,
when we ran around the school field to get punches on our running club card.
EC: Which state was your favorite one to run in?
Lucy: My favorite state to run in was Alaska. It was cold, flat, and luckily was beautiful.
EC: What was it like to run a 5k every day for 50 days in a row? That is more than the majority
of adults could do!
Lucy: It was really cool to run 50 5k’s in 50 states in 50 days. I loved hearing that I actually
inspired people! It was also really special because it was the 45 minutes that I got to spend with
my dad a day. Because we didn’t get to see him very much on the 50.
EC: Why was it important for you to run every 5k with your dad?
Lucy: It was really important to run all the 5ks because it was a goal I SET. I also thought if my
dad can do 50 Ironmans, I can do 50 5ks. And also like I said in question 3, It was the 45 minutes a day I got
with my dad.
EC: What is the longest race you have run?
Lucy: The longest I have run is a 10k ( 6 miles). That was in Arizona. I like to run 5ks best
EC: Any plans for future races?
Lucy: My future plans for races is that I want to do Kona when I grow up. It is the IM world
championship. I also want to do lots of 5ks and some marathons. I also want to start a cross
country team at my school because we don’t have one!
EC: Do you play other sports or have any other hobbies that you love?
Lucy: For sports I don’t do any team stuff because it consumes WAY too much of peoples time.
But at home and with friends I play football and basketball. I don’t really like soccer because
people are too obsessive over it. I don’t have a favorite football team but mine and my dads
favorite basketball team is Cleveland Caveleirs because we are Lebron fans.
EC: What are your favorite sports/exercise/activities to do with your brothers and sisters?
Lucy: Me and my siblings love to wrestle. My dads background is wrestling so us as a family
do fun wrestling games and we have Leuchadore masks. We love to go on family bike rides
and LOVE to jump on the tramp. Basically everything! We are all really close.
EC: Do you plan to do triathlons in the future like your dad?
Lucy: I do plan on doing triathlons when I grow up. Not as crazy as my dad but like I said
earlier I want to do Kona.
EC: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Lucy: Both my parents are my inspiration. My dad always helps me compete and helps me set
goals. Every time I get tired my mom uses my dad as an example and says you can’t quit at 45
iron mans. So when I have to scooter up a hill to get to school. And its pretty big. So when I
am getting toward the end I just say to myself you can’t quit at 45 Ironmans. My dad is also the
one who got me into running so he is a big running inspiration too.
EC: What does it mean to you to eat healthy and live an active healthy lifestyle with your
Lucy: I feel really lucky to live in a healthy environment. Especially because at school I am the
example to my friends. At lunch some people bring chips and a soda for lunch and I’m like
really? I also am really lucky that my parents are fit and that they can do fun things with us.
Like if want to go to a trampoline place, they can be active with us and play with us, not JUST
be there. Also an experienceI had with my dad was race 7 in AZ. He stopped for a potty brake and when
he was done he came back and just laid down and tried to go to sleep. I was like dad no no no
you can’t lay down. So me and 2 other people had to pick him up and he rested on us. Luckily
he finished half alseep leaning on the wingmen walking up and down an alley and then went on
to start the next day.
I have a feeling we can expect great things from Lucy in the future. Not only in accomplishing great feets in her racing but being an example to her peers to live an active healthy lifestyle and to appreciate all that life has to give us.
What is a Sled Dog: A Sled Dog represents someone who is powerful and dedicated with the
instinctive desire to push long and hard through the toughest situations.
What is a Sled Pup: Our Sled Pups are our future sled dogs who show the love for living an
active lifestyle and who love to share it with others and understand even at a young age how
hard work and fun can go hand in hand with creating a better life.