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Friday, March 14, 2008

A Loss for Baltimore's Running Community

Monday morning, I heard about Dustin Bauer from the Baltimore Road Runner's Club mailing list. I didn't know him personally, but once I saw his photo, I knew him right away. He had run in many races that I've run, and I specifically remember his hair. He was at the front of the pack, and I've cheered him on from the "slow" side of the road plenty of times. He placed 5th at the Oriole Advocates race that I ran in 2005, 2nd at the 2006 and 2007 Pikesville 5ks, and recently finished 3rd at the Superbowl 5k in February. He was an outstanding athlete and someone to look up to and be inspired by. I was so sad to hear that he had passed away this week.

It is so frightening to know that someone can be taken away so suddenly. Sometimes, being in shape and taking care of yourself isn't enough - accidents still happen. You can never know why it happens to one person and not another. I've been thinking about Dustin all week. How horrible for this to have happened, and my thoughts are with his family. This summer for my half marathon, I plan to remember this tragedy and do my best to cherish every single day and every single run as if it were my last.

Runners in the Baltimore area will miss seeing you at races, Dustin.

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