The Official Don Lash Website

Back before there were synthetic running tracks, technical running clothes, specialized running shoes and heart rate monitors; there were runners who set records without those aids and crutches. Don Lash lived during that time period. He loved racing and gave the credit for his talent to God.

The Official Website for Don Lash - Olympic runner, FBI man, Indiana State Legislator and businessman

August 15, 1912 Born in Bluffton, Indiana

1933 Graduated from Auburn High School

June 1936 broke the 2 mile world record at Princeton University set by Paavo Nurmi

August 1936 Races in the Olympics

1938 Earned his B.S. in Physical Education from Indiana University

June 18, 1938 Marries Margaret Mendenhall

1938 Accepts the James E. Sullivan Award as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S.

September 1, 1939 Appointed Patrolman by the Indiana State Police

1940 Earned his M.S. in Law Enforcement

1941 was accepted as a F.B.I. agent

1962 Recognized with the Indianapolis district as Methodist Family of the year

1963 Retires from the F.B.I.

1973 Elected as an Indiana State Representative

1979 Presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash award

1985 Receives the Indiana Jefferson Award

Inducted into the U.S. Track Hall of Fame

Inducted into the Indiana Track Hall of Fame

Became a charter member of the Indiana University Hall of Fame

September 19, 1994 succumbs to cancer

Inducted into the A.A.U. Track & Field Hall of Fame (awarded posthumously 1995)