It is with the heaviest of hearts that I announce that Johanna Olson passed away yesterday from her years-long battle with brain cancer.
Most of you probably don't know who Johanna was, so I REALLY encourage you to visit her site below, to get a glimpse of what an incredible person she was and to see how hard she fought a never-ending recurrence of brain cancer.
While I cannot call her a close friend, I was fortunate enough to get to know her fairly well, and teamed up with her one year at the Couple's Classic 5k race in Eugene. She was as tough a runner as she was in battling her disease. Somewhat recently, I ran into her over in Bend while Lisa and I were there one weekend, and got a chance to reconnect with her.
When you go out to run today, tomorrow or whenever after reading this, I hope you'll dedicate that run to one of THE MOST courageous people I knew - Johanna Olson.
RIP Johanna. It was my pleasure and fortune to have met you.