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Tragic bike accident ends life of up and coming runner and triathlete

Posted Mar 09 2011 3:49pm

Doc4d7720f4c91d7499250325 Sally Meyerhoff was the first women to cross the finish line at the 2011 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in January.

Earlier this week her life was tragically ended after she collided with a pick-up while riding her bike in Arizona. Meyerhoff had been training for a triathlon.

Meyerhoff, 27, was a two-time Arizona state big-school cross country champion as well recently taking first place at the 2010 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship Half Marathon in Hawaii.

“They would like to make it known she will be tremendously missed. They love her very much and she was the best sister and daughter anyone could ask for,” said Adam Zucco, Meyerhoff’s coach.

“What I felt was so amazing about Sally was her ability to enjoy life,” he added of the Tempe native. “Everything she touched she added a quality too. She was a tremendous daughter, sister, and friend. As amazing as she was as an athlete, it didn't begin to compare to how she was as a person.”

According to the Maricopa Monitior :

"Meyerhoff, who also qualified for the upcoming U.S. Olympic trials in the marathon, scheduled for next January in Houston, was scheduled to compete this weekend (March 12) in Fountain Hills in the Mountain to Fountain 15K as one of the event’s “elite athletes”. She was also slated to compete in the Lake Pleasant International Distance Triathlon on April 16.

Meyerhoff, who shared a home in Acacia Crossing with her brother and their dogs, said after her January marathon win that she looked forward to biking and running around Maricopa on the pavement and the many off-road portions the city has to offer, as part of her training for the rugged Ironman Triathlon competition."

Photo from maricopa Monitor by Bill Demlong/Courtesy of Sally Meyerhoff

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