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Former U.S. 5K Champ Henry Dennis Killed In Collision

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 20, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM UTC
Former University of Wisconsin runner Henry Dennis died on Monday when a car struck him from behind. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Former University of Wisconsin runner Henry Dennis died on Monday when a car struck him from behind. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The former University of Wisconsin runner was riding his bicycle when a car hit him.

The 2003 U.S. 5K road racing xhampion, Henry Dennis, died yesterday from injuries suffered when he was struck from behind by a vehicle in Taycheedah, Wisconsin. Dennis, 36 years old, had been riding his bicycle. It appears the driver of the vehicle had been drinking.

Dennis, a former University of Wisconsin runner, was wearing a helmet and using a light on his bike when the collision occurred around 7:30 p.m.

A friend of Dennis’ said that the runner had been keeping a low profile since his arrest and conviction for having a sexual relationship with a female student from 2009 and 2010. Dennis had taught math and was a cross-country coach at Fond du Lac High School. “He’d really started to change his perspective on things, to make amends for the damage he’s done,” said the friend, Aaron Nodolf of Milwaukee. Dennis was divorced and has left behind two young sons.

He had been working with Habitat for Humanity and was recently offered a paid position at the group’s Restore in Wauwatosa.

“He had accepted responsibility,” said his lawyer, Ray Dall’Osto. “His mistake was a career and life changer.”

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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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