Mr. Awesome, Man Who Ran On CR-512, Dies

Clyde D. Adams, known as Mr. Awesome, died yesterday at the age of 93 in Sebastian.
Clyde D. Adams (left), known as Mr. Awesome, died yesterday at the age of 93 in Sebastian.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – Clyde D. Adams, known as Mr. Awesome, died yesterday at the age of 93.

Adams was the man who used to walk and run in his white shorts every day here on CR-512 in Sebastian. There were times he also picked up roadside trash as he walked.

Daily commuters always saw Adams either in the running path or the center median doing his thing.

“Clyde was our neighbor in Palm Beach Gardens before they moved to Sebastian. I used to run with him in the morning when he was logging 10 miles a day,” said Beth Brown.

“We were together every evening for Happy Hour on their front porch and we became family. The day they moved, half the neighborhood sat in their driveway shedding tears of sadness,” Brown added. “Clyde was an honest, good-hearted, hard working man who brought a lot to this world. We will forever remember and love him.”

I first noticed Adams when I moved to Sebastian in 2002. There he was running without a shirt on.

He would often wear shirts that said “This is what awesome looks like,” and there were times I saw him wearing a hat.

Adams was a World War II P.O.W and Korean War veteran. His children also say he was a great dad.

Rest in peace, Mr. Awesome. You will be missed.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.