HONOR HIS LEGACY. SUPPORT HIS PASSION.
When Kimball announced his retirement, the USCB community immediately knew it was an occasion that called for something special.
The LK5K was the obvious tribute. That it would also help kickstart the fundraising efforts Kimball will head up after his retirement made the event doubly meaningful.
“Larry has said to me many times that he’s not leaving until we build a track on campus, and I think he’s pretty serious,” Monahan joked. “With that in mind, we thought, well, if we are ever going to get rid of Larry, we better build a track. The sooner we build a track, the sooner he can move fully into retirement.”
With the help of Rob Fyfe at Palmetto Running Company, the USCB athletics staff organized the details of the race without Kimball’s knowledge and invited numerous friends, family members, and alumni to a surprise reveal on campus. As soon as the group dispersed, Kimball went to work routing a 5K course on campus and inviting practically everyone who has crossed his circuitous path over the years.
“I hope we get a large number of alumni in for the race,” Kimball said. “And I hope we get the word out that we’re very serious about getting off on the right track for building a track & field complex on campus.”
Three weeks after the LK5K, Kimball and head track & field coach Bernard Gaither – his hand-picked successor who served as a volunteer assistant for four years under Kimball – will head to Miramar, Fla., with realistic hopes of a Sun Conference championship. A month later, the NAIA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Just like when he retired from Verizon in 2003, then moved south to kick up his feet three years later, Kimball knows himself well enough to know he won’t go quietly into the next phase of his life.
“I don’t think it’s the final chapter. I don’t want to say I’m going off into the sunset, because I want to continue to do other things,” Kimball says, citing his desire to continue working with USA Track & Field and coaching local runners. “I always say I left my ego at the door years ago, so whatever I do, it will be for the love of the sport.”