Wednesday, May 27, 2009

“Meals on Wheels” worth the effort for one runner

Cam Lloyd runs miles to help Blaine seniors

Several Blaine County Senior Connection senior citizens give moral support to young Cameron Lloyd, who decided to raise money for the “Meals on Wheels” program through his running. Seated, in front, are Nadine Martin, Cameron Lloyd and Pat Weems. In the back row, from left, are Manny Garcia, Clyde Voss, Tommy Farr and Esther Boyd. Photo by

"Cameron Lloyd is a young man who wanted to make a difference."

That's what Blaine County Senior Connection executive director Kimberly Coonis said about Lloyd, a Bellevue man raising money for the center's "Meals on Wheels" program.

Coonis said, "He wanted to give back and decided the best way was to do what he loved—and that was run. He is now running for the Senior Connection collecting sponsors for every mile that he completes."

On April 18, Lloyd completed his first-ever marathon in Utah. The 28-year-old finished the sixth annual Salt Lake City Marathon with a time of 3.48:22, 203rd of 1,192 finishers. And recreational running is only one of many sports Lloyd enjoys.

Lloyd was a three-sport letterman at Hailey's Wood River High School who played on the varsity football and basketball teams and starred as a baseball shortstop. He graduated in 1998 when he earned the Allan Lee Patterson honor at the school.

He attended college at North Idaho College and Pena Community College in Arizona. Lloyd became interested in golf course management and maintenance and worked at Arizona National Golf Course. He also worked at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. while studying golf course and turf grass management at Penn State.


Lloyd has become that rare combination—a low-handicap golfer who also gravitates to endurance sports like running, bicycle racing and hill climbing. He has been employed in golf course maintenance at The Valley Club for five years.

Coonis said, "I am a sponsor as are some of our seniors and their families. We are looking for more sponsors. You can sign up here at the Senior Connection and pledge a certain amount per mile and as Cameron runs the change adds up.

"All of the money Cameron is raising goes to the Meals on Wheels program. Hopefully more runners and sponsors will come forward to help the Senior Connection. As food prices continue to rise it's harder and harder to keep up with the costs."

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