The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 23, 2013

Family keeps Dylan Meier's spirit alive

Third annual Get Busy Livin' run slated for Saturday

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

— Three years after his death, family members continue to learn about the impact Dylan Meier had on people’s lives.

Dylan Meier, the former all-state quarterback at Pittsburg High School and starter at Kansas State, died April 19, 2010, at the age of 26 during a hiking accident while with family in Arkansas.

“It’s remarkable to me that during the relatively short time Dylan was here, he was able to affect so many people,” said Shad Meier, Dylan’s older brother. “His impact reaches all corners of the world.”

After Dylan finished his career at Kansas State, he played football in Germany and Italy, served as a bodyguard for Italian fashion models, worked in a vineyard overseas, ran with the bulls in Spain and went skydiving in the Alps.

The Meier family has kept Dylan’s spirit alive by forming the Get Busy Livin’ Foundation to provide support for individuals and groups to pursue the values of adventure, fitness, curiosity, generosity and a daily zest for life experiences. The third annual Get Busy Livin’ 5K Run is scheduled for Saturday at Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg, Kan.

Packet pickup and late registration will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Saturday. The five-kilometer run and a one-mile walk will start at 9 a.m. A kids fun run will start at 10:15 a.m., and there will be an awards presentation at 10:30 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to register online at getbusylivin.org by Wednesday night. Suggested donations are $25 for the 5k and the mile walk, and will include a Get Busy Livin’ T-shirt, wristband and refreshments at the finish line. There will be prizes for the top three male and female finishers.

This year’s T-shirt will include the quote, “It’s a grateful day.”

Shad Meier said the quote came from Trent Dansel, a former quarterbacks equipment manager at Kansas State, who told the family about his interactions with Dylan.

Dansel wrote that Dylan was the only quarterback at K-State who introduced himself to him and that Dylan was the one who gave words of encouragement after being yelled at by a coach. Dansel also recalled how Dylan and an assistant coach would start most practices by saying, “It’s a grateful day.”

“Dylan was so curious and so open-minded about everything, because he wanted to get a beat about who you were and what you were about,” Shad Meier said. “It didn’t matter who you were. With him, it was all about your core characteristics and what you valued.

“He had no enemies. He was the one who would make friends with the shy person in the corner.”

Since Get Busy Livin’ was created in 2011, the foundation has given several scholarships. Lawrence quarterback Brad Strauss was named the second annual Dylan Meier Player of the Year, and the foundation recently gave two scholarships to winners of an essay contest.

Get Busy Livin’ also has teamed up with Soles 4 Souls to provide shoes for needy people in Haiti. The foundation is collecting donations and will help pay for the transportation of the shoes.

Dylan’s brothers Shad, Adam and Kerry all played college football, while Shad and Kerry have played in the NFL. All three will be in attendance Saturday.