HE REALLY DOES WANT YOUTO CALL HIM CRAZY!
For most of us, we were raised by our good mothers to treat people with respect and certainly not to call anyone names, but when you meet Larry Melnik, he insists that you call him CRAZY LARRY.
Larry Melnik is a fixture in the Banff/Canmore community. He’s often seen around town, highfiving people on the street, making balloon animals for children and generally adding support and volunteering, wherever he is needed. While he himself admits that the first 40 years of his life were a bit of a ‘screw up’, he’s now proud to say that he’s dedicated his life to service and making his community a better place. “I’m living my life with the challenge of being a better person, for the rest of my life.”
A great deal of his volunteer work is focused on children, and he finds the time to bring a smile to kids whether it’s at the hospital or at an event like the 24 Hours of Adrenalin.
When you ask Larry why he’s doing this work, he says its because of the kids, “they trust us blindly and I’m here to offer an alternative, healthier choice and to lead by example, to show them that you could look really good in the world, if you just do something honorable.”
Larry has been a part of the 24 Hours of Adrenalin for many years. Stuart remembers the first time he met Larry, “you can imagine, that we all work really hard, long hours up to and including during the event, so I was so surprised when, one year, on the Sunday after the event was over, I saw Larry in the campsite areas, picking up garbage. Every year since then, Larry has been a fixture at our event, we consider him a member of the family.”
Many know of Larry’s role as “manual timing tent motivator’; a critical role, especially at 4am when you need that extra push to get you through the tent and out on your night lap. He also is the main feature at our 24 Minutes of Adrenalin, where he comes alive in his clown overalls, leading the pack of excited little ones through the expo area.
- “Crazy Larry is an amazing asset to Twenty4 sports.”
- “One of my favorite parts of the event is Crazy Larry cheering you through the tent”
- “Crazy Larry, he is the man, it would not be the same without him cheering everyone on”