NAU head coach Michael Smith writes about the "shocking, heartbreaking event that sent [the Flagstaff] community reeling."
Shay said it was a very emotional experience, especially when he ran by the bench dedicated to Ryan placed near where he died.
Stephan Shay honored his brother Ryan by finishing 14th (4th American). He said it helped him get some closure on Ryan's death from the 2008 OT.
Shay is hoping to break his 2:16:48 PR and will use his brother's memory as motivation as he passes the spot where Ryan collapsed back in 2007.
She faces 4:09 1500 runner Amanda Eccleston. 3:38 1500 runner Rob Finnerty vs Daniel Stockberger (3:39) in the men's race.