Running helped save the life of college champion athlete

GOLDEN, Colo. — Ian Butler was an infant when a nurse accidentally gave him 10 times the proper dose of a seizure medication. He went into a coma and it permanently altered his brain.

Then at 5-years-old, a skiing accident resulted in another traumatic brain injury.

After struggling with his short term memory through his days at Green Mountain High School, Ian never thought he’d have a shot at college.

That was until he started running.

His mother, Pam, seeing her son making some bad choices and hanging out with the wrong crowd, signed her son up for cross country.

By his senior year, Ian was motivated to make running his future.

Western State took a chance on the kid who struggled to follow his coaches’ instructions. But two years later Ian is a conference champion. He won the Men’s 10,000 Meter race at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship Track Meet Monday in Golden.

Learn about the solid game plan for success on and off the track Ian has developed in Kami Carmann’s video report.


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