Jefferson Academy Secondary School teacher Ken Kain said that running saved his life.
In 2013, Kain was training for the annual Bolder Boulder. Before heading out on his morning run, he said that something didn’t feel right.
“I didn’t feel like myself,” Kain said. “I was tired and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. My wife drove me to the emergency room and within a few minutes I was in a helicopter headed to another hospital for surgery.”
Kain had a heart attack at 54 and said he was very fortunate that day compared to others who’ve gone through a similar experience.
Without running, he said there’s a chance he may not have survived.
“I’ve been asthmatic my whole life,” Kain said. “I was incredibly overweight, I never wanted to run. After the attack, it was explained to me at the time that the thing that probably saved me was the running.