MarineWOD would like to recognize Ryan Lane had always wanted to be a Marine; even in middle school he was apart of the Young Marines program, which lead him to enlist shortly after graduating high school. On July 22, 2002 he left for boot camp, a day that no Marine forgets. That same year Lane did his first tour overseas deploying to Afghanistan for the first time. After his first enlistment Ryan spent time at Parris Island, where he went to boot camp, as a Weapons and Field Training Battalion Marksmanship Instructor. He later was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance where he deployed to Afghanistan for a second time, now as a Sergeant of Marines. Sgt Lane had declined a meritorious promotion that would have pulled him from this deployment and his team so he could return to combat with his Marines. During Operation Khanjar which was the largest Marine Corps offensive since the Battle of Fallujah in 2004, and the largest air lifted operation since Vietnam Sgt Lane was killed in action. That day was July 23, 2009. Seven years and one day in the corps Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice in combat. He had full intentions of making a career out of his service planning on retiring as a Marine. He was survived by his wife, Valerie Muller Lane, his parents, Kathy Hanley and Harold Lane, his brothers, David, Mark, and Michael, and stepbrother, Bryan. Sgt Lane inspired a fellow Marine, who served with Ryan when he was killed, to create MarineWOD to "Remember those we've lost, recognize those we fight beside, and honor those we fight for." Even after his passing Sgt Lane still managed to motivate others in this way. Ryan has been recognized by the Travis Manion Foundation, The Department of Veterans Affairs, and many other organizations for his service. This WOD (workout of the day) was designed to put you in that combat mind set. Each movement is picked with a purpose. Burpees represent the quickness you need when taking cover under enemy fire, the Kettlebell swings represent tossing a sand bag out of a trench, and the deadlift represents picking up your battle buddy no matter how tired you are and getting him to safety.
Those of you may have noticed that the reps make up the date that Sgt Lane was KIA. July 23, 2009. Never forgotten, especially after this WOD! The last E(5) represent his rank as a Sergeant (Enlisted-5). This WOD was designed to be an all out sprint to finish and each movement was picked to represent a functional-combat movement. That being said we still wanted this to be accessible to any level of athlete whether you are experienced or not it can be scaled down. The day of the event his story will be shared to give everyone a little bit of insight into the life of a Marine that personified our corps and made the ultimate sacrifice on that day.
Sgt Lane was the inspiration behind the MarineWOD project. I served with Ryan in Afghanistan, meeting him only shortly before he passed, his sacrifice greatly impacted my life. After making the trip from Dallas to Pittsburg to attend the fourth annual Sgt Lane 5k at Duquesne University I had the pleasure of meeting his family and seeing where he was laid to rest. Overwhelmed with a number emotions and an overall feeling of dissonance, I stood staring at his head stone, and asked Ryan's mom what I could do. She smiled, gave me a hug only a mother could deliver and simply said, "All I ask is that you don't forget him." There was only one word that I could manage, "Never"
As the 5th Annual Sgt. Ryan Lane Memorial "Run for Ryan" came around the corner I remembered our conversation and wondered what I could physically do to remember Ryan. MarineWOD was my answer. I hope to make the Sgt Lane Memorial WOD an annual event to continue to share his story with anyone willing to listen. Kathy Hanley, he will NEVER be forgotten.
"Remembering those we've lost, recognizing those we fight beside, and honoring those we fight for."
Semper Fi Ryan,
- Sgt Michael Manning
Founder of MarineWOD
MarineWOD salutes you Sgt Lane and Semper Fidelis!
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