Athletes Compete to Honor Ryan Shay
By David Monti, (c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
Ryan Shay was the workhorse of American marathon running before his sudden death at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York at 28-years-old. Shay, who ran for Notre Dame and later won the 2003 USA Marathon title, was admired and respected by both competitors and fans, alike, especially for his toughness, competitive spirit, and sometimes biting sense of humor.
Shay was from Central Lake, Mich., and in the nearby town of Charlevoix his memory is honored every summer at the Ryan Shay Mile, which will be held for the fifth time on Saturday, July 28. The event was founded in the summer of 2008 to honor Shay's memory with the thing he loved most: competition.
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