Cardio Training

The Running Man Dan Lawson closes in on 100,000 Lifetime Miles

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“I’ve only had two treadmills in my lifetime,” Lawson said. “I was very happy with the old self-driven treadmill. It did everything I needed it to do for training. I’d grease up the joint areas in about six places every year and it never failed, but when we moved to Tennessee I felt it was finally time for a new one.

“I’m very picky about what I buy and I did a lot of research when it was time to look for a new treadmill. For the money, the 3G Cardio is the best. It’s really, really good.”

Dan Lawson said he most appreciates the 3G Cardio Elite Runner’s sturdiness and simplicity.

“I’m an older guy and I’m not into the video screens and all the bells and whistles,” Lawson said. “I get on a treadmill because I want it quiet and I want it solid.

“I don’t want it to shake, it needs to be smooth. I want to be able to put the miles on. It has the heart rate monitor that I use and all the basic readouts and that’s all I really need. It’s rated to work for someone who weighs up to 400 pounds and it’s plenty solid. I also really like the belt action, cushioned bed and the motor is plenty strong enough for interval training. It’s really nice to be able to have the 3G Treadmill during the winter months, or other times I’m not able to run outside.”

The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill is a full-size, commercial quality machine that sells for thousands less than comparable models. It’s 3G’s biggest and best model, taking up a footprint of 84 inches (length) x 35 1-2 (width).

The Elite Runner has a 22-inch x 62 running surface that features an upgraded Ortho Flex Shock suspension system, a 12-mph max speed powered by a 4.0 HP motor, outstanding entertainment and programming options and one of the best warranties in the category.


On January 13, 2023, Lawson was inducted into the Mercer County (Illinois) Sports Hall of Fame.

A 1974 Aledo H.S. graduate, Lawson broke school records for all three distance races (880, 1-mile and 2-mile).

At Colorado State University, Lawson was a member of the nationally ranked cross country team and also competed in middle and long distance races on the track team.

Lawson has been an elite road racer since graduating from college, specializing in 5K and 10K races. He has also found the time to run several marathons.

He was named the Illinois Runner of the Year by the United States of America Track and Field organization in 1991.

For several years, Lawson was sponsored by various shoe companies such as Nike, Reebok, Saucony, Etonic, Mizuno and Brooks, while competing throughout the country in many of the top road races. He placed in the top 20 in the Bix 7 road race and won the Masters Division in 1997 and 1998. He’s also the holder of 11 different Illinois and Kansas master road racing records.

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