On March 8th, 2011 we lost an athlete. A friend. An amazing young woman. For the past three years GU Energy had the pleasure of working with runner and triathlete Sally Meyerhoff and she rose to the top of the list of our favorite athletes. She was also rising to the top in her respective sports, winning RNR Arizona, her age group at Rev 3 Costa Rica, and XTERRA Trail Run World Championships, to name a few of her many accomplishments. But more than that, Sally was one of the most down-to-earth and positive people we’d ever worked with. Her blog (http://runsalm3.blogspot.com/) was evidence in the fact that she was truly one of a kind. Her athleticism and love shined through all of her entries. She ended each of her blogs with an inspirational quote. One of her favorites now has more meaning than ever…
“Life is rarely what we expect it to be, but we need to look for the lillies. We need to do what brings us joy and what gives us a sense of purpose.”
Sally and GU both shared a love for XTERRA. One of our favorite pieces of athlete footage was of Sally at XTERRA Trail Worlds falling down the side of a cliff with a giant GU logo on her back. She quickly picked herself up and went on to win the race, no small feat given the competitive field she was up against (http://ow.ly/4mEe6). At this year’s race, more than 1,500 runners from around the world will wear a special race bib with the name “Sally” in the background and she will be remembered in a moment of silence before the race.
The Sally Meyerhoff Foundation was created by friends and family to help distance runners and triathletes remain “relentlessly positive’, as Sally was, in their quest for athletic success. Learn more about the foundation’s work here: http://sallymeyerhofffoundation.com/. They will host a 5K to honor her memory on December 5th in Tempe Arizonahttp://run4sal.com/ , although with a PR of 16:23, it will be tough to beat Sally’s best time!
Sally is dearly missed by all of us here at GU, her family, friends and the countless people she has touched. In her memory it seems fitting to never forget to live life to the fullest, smile often and never stop following our hearts and pursuing our passions.