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Super Senior: Larry Drew

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FAIRLEE, Vt. -

On the shores of Lake Fairlee, Camp Billings is rich with history. It's a coed kids summer camp that has been around for over 100 years.

"We live tradition and we live for tradition," said Larry Drew.

A tradition for 44 years is the annual Run Around the Lake. It's a 6-mile fun run started by Larry.

"OK all runners, you better start warming up," said Larry.

The former math teacher and cross-country running coach is a stickler for time. He's part drill sergeant, part grandfather.

He's so loved and respected by the campers and staff, they named it Larry Drew Day. A sea of yellow in honor of Larry, with the back of the shirt listing the jobs he's held in the 45 years. From program director to athletic director, he's held just about every position, but the last line says it all, friend and inspiration to all.

"Look at all these shirts," said Larry.

"I think they admire him, I think they respect him and I think they are grateful for the impact he's had on this place," said Bob Green, the camp director.

Back at the race, there are only moments to go. The majority of the campers participate. It’s a vast difference from the first race in 1970 which was a one-on-one challenge.

Bob Green: It was like a race between an old man and a young kid.

Reporter Joe Carroll: And who won?

Bob Green: Larry did.

Green was 16 and Larry was just about 40. The former camper is now the director of Billings and thinks of Larry as a second father.

"Larry's a legend," said Green.

After an hour the runners start to trickle into the finish line, knowing that this year's race is extra special because Larry will be retiring at the end of the season from his latest job as head of maintenance.

Joe Carroll: I think I know the answer, but are you going to miss this place?

Larry: Oh of course, yup... A lot of memories, lots of memories.

He says it's time to spend the summers with his wife of 55 years, Margaret-Ann. But on this day, it's all about Larry.

The T-shirt Larry wears might be a bit premature, saying, "A Vermonter on a last lap is like waiting a decade."

Most likely you will see Larry back next season for the race. He’s a legend that never fades away.

Larry has three children and his granddaughter Hannah also ran around the lake too, a family tradition continues.

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