This Athlete Spotlight is dedicated to Sally Meyerhoff, 27, who tragically lost her life on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in a cycling accident in Maricopa, Arizona. The 2009 USA 25K road champion was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier with a marathon personal record of 2:35:49 that she set at the 2009 USA Marathon Championship hosted by Medtronic Twin Cities. The seven-time Arizona state champion also finished 20th at the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston, clocking 2:39:39.
Meyerhoff, who was also an accomplished triathlete, recently competed at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston where she finished 14th in 1:15:24. The All-American at Duke University, who was full of energy, had long red hair and often ran in pigtails and a running skirt. She also won the 2011 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona in her hometown of Phoenix this past January in 2:37:56, and last December in Hawaii, she captured the XTERRA Trail Run world title in the half-marathon.
"Sally had such a positive outlook on life, and she encouraged others by example to experience the joys of running, competing and living life to the fullest," said Brant Kotch, Race Director and President of the Houston Marathon Committee. "She is missed already."
The Houston Marathon Committee offers its condolences to the Meyerhoff family.
Click here for more on this tragedy including a photo tribute to Sally.
Click here to read her blog.