Murray Banks will be our guest speaker on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:00.
Murray Banks is an extraordinary athlete and an inspirational human being. Murray has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for track and cross-country at both his high school and at the State University of New York at Cortland. Murray has also been named both teacher-of-the-year and coach-of-the-year in Vermont. As an adult, Murray is a former US Masters record holder at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship and a Nordic skiing Masters World Champion as well. He is the only person in the world to have won masters world championships in both of these sports. He later became a sought-after motivational speaker for school districts and in corporate America. At 72, Murray still coaches youth to masters level Nordic skiers in Crested Butte and is considered both a coaching guru for the adults and a pied piper for the children in the Crested Butte community. Although Murray is not able to run any longer, he continues to ski, swim or ride his bike daily. He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado nine months of the year. He and his wife Jane (also a former champion runner and triathlete) spend their summers in an off-the-grid cabin on a small island near Middlebury, Vermont. They have been doing this for almost 50 years since they were both young teachers in Vermont. On a daily basis, Murray’s raw enthusiasm for a carpe diem lifestyle, unusual love for other people and boundless energy is a source of happiness for everyone around him.