Ryan Shay’s Sister Misses NYC Marathon Tribute

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 8, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM UTC

The 34-year-old older sister of the deceased U.S. runner missed starting the ING New York City Marathon due to an emergency appendectomy.

Sarah Shay came to New York to pay tribute to her younger brother who died of a heart attack while competing in the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon in New York three years ago. She was also there to raise $26,200 for The Wounded Warriors Project, but an emergency appendectomy performed hours before the start of the marathon put a damper on her plans.

“Isn’t it crazy?” Shay said from her hospital bed. “I’m just really sad. I didn’t care if I ran slow. I just really wanted to be out there running.”

Shay began having acute stomach pains Saturday morning, which got progressively worse throughout the day.

“I thought I had a flu bug or something,” Shay said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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