Today is dedicated to Ryan Shay who died while running in the Olympic Trials in New York City. Ryan’s story is well known to most people who read this blog.
Less well known is the story of Dorothy Barnett-Griffin who died during the swim portion of the Ironman Florida race the next day. After losing her husband in a car accident 5 years ago Dorothy and her 3 children started working with the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center to heal their wounds. She also took up athletics as a way to restore some joy in her life. In the process she met and later married Mike Barnett. Dorothy and Mike were racing in the Ironman and raising funds for Journey of Hope in the process. You can read more about Dorothy here.
I wanted to pay tribute to both of these fine people by celebrating their lives. I like to think they would want the people they left behind to follow in their footsteps and live a positive, rich life that included pursuing dreams and always being active. I think both of them would want everyone to let our light shine.