Verzbicas back home and running - Southtown Star

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Nov 23rd 2012, 7:09pm | 1427 views

Verzbicas back home and running


The trophy is about 4 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide with a gold turkey on top of the base.

It might not be the biggest or flashiest award that 19-year-old Lukas Verzbicas has won, but it might be the most important.

The Orland Park native was one of the best runners in the nation and world before he suffered a near-death accident that left his body a wreck in July. On Thursday, he came home to run in the Orland Park Turkey Trot and finished third overall out of 750 entrants and second in his 15-to-19 age group with a time of 13 minutes, 32.6 seconds. It was his first competition since the accident.

Before July, not winning a race would be tough for Verzbicas to handle. He was full of joy on Thanksgiving just to be able to compete and win that turkey trophy.

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