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Ryan Shay’s Widow Ready To Compete Again

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 2, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM UTC
Three years after losing her husband, Alicia Shay is now ready to race again.

Three years after losing her husband, Alicia Shay is now ready to race again.

Since losing her husband at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City, widow Alicia Shay has struggled with grief, but is now ready to compete again.

A two-time NCAA 10,000m champion, Shay is planning to lace up her shoes again soon. “I’m ready to compete again,” she said. “I can feel it in my body. I can feel it in my stride.”

Shay, who is not running Sunday’s New York City Marathon, said she wants to one day return to New York and run her first marathon in the city where she met–and subsequently lost–her husband.

“If I could run the New York marathon, where Ryan and I met, where Ryan breathed his last breath, yes, that would be full circle — and sad, and incredible, and all those things,” she said. “That would be a dream. That would be an absolute dream.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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