Lyndon Ellefson - a tribute

On Sunday, July 10, a friend of mine Lyndon Ellefson died in a hiking accident as a result of a fall into a crevasse on Plateau Rosa in the Swiss Alps near the Italian border.

Lyndon was an accomplished runner who lived in Vail, Colorado. He was a dedicated promoter of athletics serving as Chairman of the USATF men's LDR subcommittee for mountain running. He was also the US delegate to the International Committee for Mountain Running where I met him every year, and was also a board member of the Federation for Sport at Altitude.

He ran many times for the USA in the World Mountain Running Championships and was the team leader of the US team there on many occasions. His frequent contributions - occasionally controversial - at ICMR meetings livened up some often tedious afternoons.

Lyndon was the type of person who attracted fond feelings and was an instant friend to all he touched. His smile was infectious, his laugh contagious. He will be greatly missed.

A fund has been set up at 1st Bank, 17 Vail Road, Vail, Colorado 81657, for Lyndon's wife Tashina and their two boys, Sylvan aged 11 and Kjell aged 7. please include the account number 229-632-4908 on your cheque.


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