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Moccasin Junior Kyle Butler Featured in This Month's Runner's World Magazine

Kyle Butler is featured in an article this month in RunnerKyle Butler is featured in an article this month in Runner's World Magazine.

In an article released in this month's edition of Runner's World magazine, Florida Southern junior cross country and track athlete Kyle Butler is featured in an article about getting his second shot at running collegiately in college.

Butler, who is a native of Melbourne, Fla., began his collegiate career at Florida Atlantic in 2007, before flunking out of school after his sophomore year and enlisting into the Army. He spent some time serving in Afghanistan during his military service, before being honorably discharged last September. He then decided to give college running another shot and enrolled at Florida Southern this past January and is expected to be a key member of the Mocs 2014 men's cross country team. Butler, who is 26 years old, ran against current Mocs head coach Ben Martucci during his high school career.

Courtesy of Runner's World Magazine

Butler's Second Shot
After flunking out of college and joining the military, Kyle Butler gets another shot at running at Florida Southern College

Matt McCue, Runner's World - Aug. 20, 2014

This fall, Kyle Butler enters his junior year at Florida Southern College, where, at 26, he is older than his coach. His first attempt at college ended abruptly. A 9:46 2-miler in high school, he was part of three Florida cross country state championships. After earning a partial scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, he joined the cross country team in 2007, quickly became the No. 2 runner and over the course of the next year cut down his 8K PR down to 26:07. He didn't put that same kind of effort into his homework, however, and was kicked out of school his sophomore year. "I didn't really go to class," he says.

Butler's father, Doug, was also his high school coach. Doug had served in the Air Force, so Butler always imagined he would one day serve in the military as well. But it happened sooner than he expected. The week Butler left FAU, he filled out a notification of interest form on GoArmy.com. A few days later a recruiter sat in his family's living room, talking to him and his parents. "My parents thought I would join the National Guard, but I knew I wanted to go on active duty," Butler says. "I needed a bigger change."

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