Puyallup marathoner who lost leg in Afghanistan among those in Runner’s World’s December issue

Edward Lychik, the Puyallup man who became a marathoner despite losing his leg serving in the Afghan war, will be one of 10 runners featured in the December issue of Runner’s World.

The issue focuses on runners with “amazing stories.” More than 2,300 stories were submitted, and Lychik was one of 10 finalists for the cover. He was not one of the two runners picked for the cover, but he and the other eight runners are still picture on the fold-out cover.

Lychik was shot in the leg while serving as an Army combat engineer in Afghanistan. His leg was amputated at the hip.

“At first I was really focused on what I couldn’t do,” Lychik told The News Tribune in May. Then he started thinking about running and inspiring others. He said running with the prosthetic is like running a double-marathon on his right leg. After finishing the Boston Marathon on April 21, Lychik became a celebrity in running circles.

On May 5, he finished the Tacoma City Marathon and earned membership in the Marathon Maniacs club.

Lychik is currently working as a motivational speaker.