Beijing heartache and hope

The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier that Deena Kastor will be running the marathon for the US team. There is another runner that I am pulling for to make the team and her name is Alicia Shay. She is a world class 5K and 10K runner and Olympic hopeful; she has the drive, desire and dedication needed to lead the US team to gold.

Unfortunately for Alicia, her world shattered on November 3, 2007 wher husband Ryan Shay, also a US Olympic hopeful, died suddenly while competing in the marathon time trials the day before the New York Marathon. It was a tragic day for running and I hope that Alicia will be able to carry his spirit in her heart all the way to gold in Beijing.

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