Our latest “Humans of Butler Trail” feature spotlights one of the most prominent and inspirational members of the Austin running community: Iram J. Leon. Iram was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2010— an adversity that would sideline most runners. Not only does he overcome that adversity every day, he does it with a positive attitude, an amazing pace, and the cutest running partner you’ve ever seen: his 10-year-old daughter Kiana, who he says is the center of his universe.
Iram has won countless races and marathons over the years, and often says that running is his therapy. He has been a member of the Austin Runners Club (ARC) since 2009 and has served as its president for the past three years. His favorite place to run in Austin is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail because it “offers a nice scenic run away from traffic with plenty of water foundations, rest stops, and a great view of the city.” During his regular Trail runs, Iram starts at “the Rock” near the Mopac underpass and does either the Lamar Loop (about three and a quarter miles) or the loop to 1st Street (four miles). His favorite stretch of the Trail is next to Zilker Parker, and ARC has a run there every other Saturday morning at the zero mile marker for anyone interested in joining them.
The Austin Runners Club has been a longtime supporter of The Trail Foundation, donating all the proceeds from their Distance Challenge to TTF to help protect and enhance the Trail. Over the past two years, ARC has donated a total of more than $25K to TTF!
Iram says: “I can’t think of a place anywhere in Austin that’s more of an activity hub. It’s a sacred central location that’s accessible to everyone—bikers, dog walkers, hikers, joggers…. you name it. The Austin Runners Club is proud to support something that gives so much to so many people.”
Iram is living every day to the fullest, doing what he loves, and we couldn’t think of a better role model!