F3 runners honor fallen friend through amazing run

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Members of F3 Lexington continue to honor their friend who was killed Wednesday morning when he was struck by a car.

On Friday, the group may have found the perfect way to honor John Flanagan, 38, who was working out with fellow F3 Lexington members when he was hit by a car on North Lake Drive near Sunset Boulevard.

Flanagan later succumbed to his injuries.

The Lexington Police Department ruled the driver of the car was not at fault.

In the days since F3 members have honored Flanagan through prayer, fellowship, and, of course, workouts.

Friday's workout, which included a run in Cayce, managed to spell out Flanagan's nickname, "Cheech," because he liked to smoke meats and was a guy who loved to grill out.

Others met at River Bluff High School around 5 a.m. to workout and remember Flanagan.

"There was no one more safety conscious than John," Ryan Jenkins said. "He had blinking lights. He had a reflective vest. He had a headlight."

A celebration of life will be held for Flanagan on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington.

Friday morning, F3 Lexington released the following:

In the hours that have passed since learning of the loss of our F3 brother John Flanagan, we have seen an incredible amount of support for John's wife and family. Across the state and nation, men of F3, the women of FIA, their families,  friends and their Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church family have stood the line in prayer and support of this loving family.

While we are often publicly seen practicing the Fitness aspect of F3, we have seen an incredible response from the Fellowship part of our organization. It is in this fellowship that we remember and honor John, and how we will continue to serve and support his family in these most difficult days.

The final "F" in our name leans into our Faith. In faith we also pray for the driver of the car involved in this incident. In asking for grace and peace in her life, we also pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the incredible support of our community's first responders.

From the rapid response of the Lexington Police Department, to the incredible care provided by Lexington County EMS, and certainly the healthcare providers who tended to John at the hospital, we are blessed in Lexington to live in a community that cares. A community that serves. A community that prays.

On behalf of John and all of F3, we invite you to join us in prayer for each life touched by John's life, and by his tragic death.

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