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Sally Meyerhoff elite marathon killer in crash

Elite Marathoner Sally Meyerhoff Killed in Tragic Bicycle Crash with Semi

27-year old elite marathoner Sally Meyerhoff was tragically killed on Tuesday when she was cycling and was hit by a semi-truck at an intersection in Maricopa, Arizona.

Sally, who had won the 2011 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in Phoenix back in January, was instantly killed in the crash. The pick-up driver was not impaired, but the police is still currently investigating the accident.

The runner was allegedly happy and excited because she had just qualified for Olympic trials. Sally was also considered to be one of the Top 10 marathon runners in the country.

From Marathon Guide who sponsored Sally:

Sally’s running credentials were impressive and promising: a fifth place finish at the 2009 USA Marathon Championships in 2:35:49 and her victory at the 2011 Rock N Roll Arizona Marathon – among other marathons – confirmed her skill and potential at the marathon; she was recognized by the RRCA for her potential and awarded the “Roads Scholar” in 2008 and 2009; and at Duke University Meyerhoff had earned a number of ECAC titles including the 5000m outdoors in 2004 (16:22.94); 5000m indoors in 2007 (16:11.57); 3000m indoors in 2005 (9:19.88). Meyerhoff was also an accomplished triathlete and was training for the Ironman World Championships as well as the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon where she had achieved the A-Standard on multiple occasions.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sally’s family and friends!

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Elite Marathoner Leah Thorvilson

Leah Thorvilson Wins 2010 St. Jude Marathon

Marathon wild child Leah Thorvilson was the female winner at the 2010 St. Jude Marathon on Sunday in Memphis with a time of 2:40:20.

Second place female went to Firaya Sultanova-Zhda 2:52:09 and third to Muliye Gurmu in 2:54:05.

Thorvilson, who is an elite female marathoner, has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. She holds several records including the course record at the Tupelo Marathon, a race she has won several times.

She currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The overall and male winner was Peter Kemboi of Kenya with a time of 2:26:29. In a bang, bang, bang finish Peter edged out Dereje Hailegiorgis 2:26:30 and Ronald Kurui 2:26:35.

The Half Marathon overall winner was Josh McAdams with a time of 1:08:01.  He also won the St. Jude half in 2008.

The first female to finish the Half Marathon was Rachel Best with a time of 1:28:36.

Complete St. Jude Marathon and Half Marathon Results

Money raised from the marathon benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Check Out the 2010 St. Jude Marathon Finisher’s Medal

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