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Sally Meyerhoff dies in Cycling Accident

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Sally Meyerhoff dies in Cycling Accident

Sally Meyerhoff, 27, had been living and training in Maricopa, Arizona. She failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a pickup truck. Reports say she was killed instantly. The following quote sits atop Sally’s Blog and undoubtedly speaks volumes about the type of athlete Sally was, Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” – Theodore I. Rubin.

Sally was not only an All American at Duke University, but a marathon champion and an Ironman World Championship qualifier. She often stood out at major running events because of her unique style. Whether it was the pink compression socks or the running skirt, she was dressed to impress. I for one would not let the skirt fool me. Sally ran personal bests of 33:03, 1:12:52, 2:35:49 for the 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon respectively.

Sally mentioned that winning the XTERRA Half Marathon World Championships in Hawaii last December reinvigorated her enthusiasm for the sport. She had been racing exceptionally well over the past couple months and was set to run The NYC Half Marathon on March 20th.

Check out a couple excerpts from Sally’s most recent blog post. We here at Runners Feed might spend the next few days reading Sally’s blog based on these quotes alone. Our prayers and thoughts are with Sally’s family and friends.

“My elite/pro license for triathlon has been approved and now all I need to do is register in the pro group of athletes so I can race in the World Triathlon Corporation events and I’ll be set to go. About a year ago I had a vision and gut feeling that I could run professionally AND do triathlon professionally, successfully. People told me and continue to tell me they don’t think it’s really possible, but I am determined to make them eat their words.”

“I cannot express how HAPPY I am with where I am in my life right now though, and how grateful I feel for being able to do what I do. I just wouldn’t trade it for anything and any time I am feeling not very motivated, I think about how miserable I feel when I am not training or doing something else I don’t LOVE. I totally and completely love this life I’m living and the most fabulous thing is that I know it’s only going to get 20 times better by the end of the year. Woo hoo baby!”

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  1. Trish says:

    This is really unfortunate. She was such a tough athlete. She did the Xterra race in pink socks and a skirt. I remember the clip of her flying off the cliff when she took the corner too fast and all you saw was pink legs… She crushed that course.

    Reinforces my strong belief to always ride defensively. I hope others can learn from this as well. Again, very sad.

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