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Great Falls Man Ran in All But Two Ice Breakers

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Lyle Skinner has run in all but two Ice Breakers. The first one that he missed was the inaugural race
 
"I was a road Marshall. We were supposed to provide escort service for it," said Skinner. "And I said I'm not being the road marshall anymore. I'm going to go run the ice breaker. So I waited next year and went and ran it. Been doing it ever since."

Then last year, instead of fighting toward the finish line, Skinner was fighting for his life.
 
"He was in the hospital. He was in a severe car accident," said his daughter Maile Ready. "With the situation we weren't sure which way he was going to be able to go."
 
Skinner was driving north on the 1-15 towards Great Falls when he hit the bridge near mile marker 261. Some of the injuries he suffered in the accident included 13 fractured ribs, a broken right femur and a dislocated right foot.

"He couldn't do it," said Ready. "We couldn't get him out of the hospital to push him in a wheel chair cuz at the time he was in a lot of pain."

Maile decided that she was going to carry on Lyle's streak. She make the commitment to run the race for the first time ever in her father's honor.
 
"Cuz I just didn't want him to miss out on the shirt, the medal, the running number," said Ready. "Even though he couldn't do it, it was like I'll do it for you. I'll be your legs. I'll be your body. And I had him in spirit when I did it."
 
Maile ran the race with a shirt that was decorated with mementos to her father, including angel wings and a prayer.
 
"I was just displaying my shirt as much as I could," said Ready. "Like, I'm doing this for my dad. And I was just, 'yeah!' Really happy."

"Well it was just nice," said Skinner. "It feels good to know that you're represented so to speak."
 
One year later, Lyle is back in the race joined by her daughter Maile and a couple more of their family members.
 
"I'm grateful to be alive," said Skinner. "And to be able to function to that degree."

"I don't know if I'll continue doing the ice breaker after this year," said Ready. "It just depends on my own health. But I'd like to try and maybe run a couple more with him."
 
So Lyle begins a new streak. An accident might have slowed him down, but his fight for the finish line is full speed ahead.
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