running in a friend’s footsteps

Two years ago this week I was taking in a Father’s Day baseball game with my dad in Seattle.  Right around the second inning, I got a phone message which shook me to my core.

My work and running colleague Peter had been in a bad bicycle accident while doing a century ride east of Seattle.  He passed away twelve days later, leaving behind family and friends who miss him very much.

I think about him sometimes when I’m out running, because he was good company, and also a very good athlete.

I reflect sometimes on the experience of watching people rally around him, and on saying goodbye.  More than that though -seeing the hole he left in the hearts of his loved ones, his colleagues at work, and his community of friends reminds me that each person touches the lives of many others.  You leave more of an impression and make more of a difference than you can know. 

It’s important to make everything you do count – whether you’re doing work, running on a mountain trail, or spending time with the people you love.


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