Runners Lost

Over the past few weeks, the running world has lost two running greats:

Grete Waitz, 9 time NYC marathon winner and the Silver Medalist of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (behind Joan Benoit Samuelson) died of cancer last month.  Note, she didn’t just win 9 NYC marathons over the course of her career, she won 9 STRAIGHT NYC marathons.  Grete was someone who after pacing her first marathon, swore to her husband she’d never do it again.  Cancer can show its ugly claws in anyone, no matter how healthy or how active a person is.  For awhile, it seemed as if her demon was in remission, however, it managed to reappear.  the NYRR has dedicated the women’s only Mini 10K for Grete this June.

Earlier this week, Kenyan runner Sammy Wanjiru died after a fall off the second story balcony of his home.  Sammy won the 2010 London Marathon, the Chicago Marathon last October and the 2008 Olympic Marathon in Beijing.  This is someone who had so much going for him in his young career, but since last November, had numerous family and legal issues that overshadowed what he’s done.  There were police reports filed for domestic violence against his wife, threatening to kill his wife and him coming home drunk.  On May 15th, his wife reportedly caught him at their home with another woman.  What happened next isn’t clear- whether his wife left the house and he thought jumping from the balcony would be the quickest way after her, if he was trying to commit suicide or if he was pushed.  No matter what you think happened in his personal life, you must admit that a young talent was lost too soon

May Grete and Sammy RIP

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6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

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