Lavar started running his sophomore year of high school as part of his rehabilitation from a back injury that happened when he was thrown from a horse in his native Arizona. In Lavar’s first track season, he was the slowest guy on the team, and could not keep up with the shot putters. From those humble roots, Lavar became one of the top middle distance runners in the state. Lavar continued his track career at Fort Lewis State College in Colorado, while working full time, coaching gymnastics and playing competitive volleyball.
After college, Lavar gave up competitive running for nearly 5 years, due to a badly injured knee. In 2007, while he was a graduate student at LaSalle, Laver decided to give it another try and started running consistently. Lavar completed his first marathon in 2:58 after sitting out 8 weeks with a stress fracture. Since then he has completed 5 marathons, and will contest his 3rd Boston Marathon in 2012. Lavar’s goals include breaking 2:40 in the marathon, completing an ultra marathon, and running some PRs at shorter distances.