‘A Beautiful, Genuine Soul’: The Running World Shares Its Tributes to David Torrence
August 29, 2017
Yesterday the running world tragically lost David Torrence, a 2016 Olympic finalist who was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona. The track community is a close-knit group and once the news of Torrence’s death broke, tributes poured in from around the world. We’ve collected a bunch of them below in honor of Torrence’s memory.
More on David Torrence
LRC Remembering David Torrence: Olympian, US Champion, US And Peruvian National Record Holder And Legendary Downhill Miler
You can pay your respects to Torrence and share your personal remembrances here: MB David Torrence is Dead: RIP / Appreciation Thread
Read about Torrence’s epic 3:46 downhill mile as a 20-year-old college kid here: MB SUB-4 MINUTE MILE ATTEMPT….DOWNHILL!!!
Cancer battler/miler Gabe Grunewald:
This is how I'll remember you, @David_Torrence. Always smiling. Always winning. Always a wonderful & genuine friend. pic.twitter.com/s9lldm4wEn
— gabriele grunewald (@gg_runs) August 29, 2017
Erik Sowinski, who was on world record 4×800 team with David:
Woke up to some devastating news. One of the most genuine people I've met. Glad we were able to grab a run together last week. RIP David. pic.twitter.com/tTDMv85SQi
— Erik Sowinski (@eSowinski) August 29, 2017
Sprint star and Altis athlete Muna Lee:
David was someone who would speak to you every morning no matter what with a smile.
— Muna Lee (@MunaLee) August 29, 2017
Two-time Olympic 1500 medallist Nick Willis:
No one was more dedicated to their running than @David_Torrence. He got 100% out of himself every day. So so sad to hear of his passing.
— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) August 29, 2017
World indoor 800m champion Chanelle Price:
David Torrence was an amazing training partner, a phenomenal runner, but most importantly, an incredible person. He will be greatly missed ?
— Chanelle Price (@CPriceRun7) August 29, 2017
All-around athlete Curtis Beach:
An incredible friend and a constant source of inspiration, passion, optimism and encouragement. We’ll miss you so much @David_Torrence pic.twitter.com/6Q6CvZm20y
— Curtis Beach (@curtis_beach) August 29, 2017
Young US star Drew Hunter:
Heartbreaking. I met him for the first time this year in Europe. You won't find a more positive and kindhearted person. https://t.co/xQxePxeG8n
— Drew Hunter (@drewhunter00) August 29, 2017
Coach Drew Wartenburg:
Feels like I saw @David_Torrence at EVERY track meet I've been to.
Saw him pace 1250m of Oxy 1500m, after racing. Who does that?!
— Drew Wartenburg (@Drew_Wartenburg) August 29, 2017
800m runner Cas Loxsom:
Share your stories, keep him alive through fond memories, celebrate his life and a celebrate a fantastic human being #RIPDavidTorrence
— Casimir Loxsom (@cazzylox) August 29, 2017
4×800 world record team member Duane Solomon:
I feel so gutted for my track family at the loss of David. Praying for comfort to his family, close friends and entire running community
— DuaneBangSolomon (@Dbang800) August 29, 2017
US veteran Stephanie Bruce:
David stayed with us in Flagstaff whenever he was doing his altitude training stints. He was the legendary pro at the first Bruce camp. He made our boys smile and laugh every time he hung out with them. He was passionate and intense in his training but a jokester in life. The running community and world just lost a real great guy way too soon. RIP David Torrence, we love you.
Greek Olympian Alexi Pappas:
David was a wonderful guy– his smile during opening ceremonies was brighter than the Rio sun pic.twitter.com/yhwfygXAb8
— Alexi Pappas (@AlexiPappas) August 29, 2017
US 1500m star Jenny Simpson:
So sad to wake up to this news. You will be missed, friend.
— Jenny Simpson (@trackjenny) August 29, 2017
US 1500 and 5000m record holder Shannon Rowbury, who used to train in the same group as Torrence under coach John Cook:
Trying to process how someone as full of energy & positivity as David could be gone. You will live on in our hearts & be forever missed. ? pic.twitter.com/brIUqr9zgK
— Shannon Rowbury (@ShannonRowbury) August 29, 2017
US steeple star Evan Jager:
So sad to wake up to the news about David. He really was incredibly nice & friendly everytime I saw him. RIP. You made the sport better.
— Evan Jager (@EvanJager) August 29, 2017
Coach Danny Mackey:
The man ALWAYS raced w/ ?
Was 1 person you always wanted to meet for a ?
He stood up to Jama & ?
This doesn't feel real.
— Danny Mackey (@dtmack) August 29, 2017
Canadian 5k/10k runner Cam Levins:
@David_Torrence Far too young. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones. Really good man who will be sorely missed. Can't believe it.
— Cam Levins (@CamLevins) August 29, 2017
Steepler Aisha Praught:
David breathed pure joy. He made the everyday seem new and exciting with his seemingly endless energy. We don't know what to do without him.
— Aisha Praught Leer (@aishapraught) August 29, 2017
Altis training group (which David was a member of)
David touched all he came in contact with – including every single one of us at ALTIS. A beautiful, genuine soul. #RIPDavid
— ALTIS (@ALTIS) August 29, 2017
Canadian miler Nate Brannen:
In complete shock to hear of the passing of David Torrence. Great guy and friend. He will be deeply missed.
— Nate Brannen, OLY (@natebrannen) August 29, 2017
US 10k star Molly Huddle:
Such sad news. When I think of David Torrence he's smiling, brightening a room, passionately chasing down dreams, being a force for good?RIP
— Molly Huddle (@MollyHuddle) August 29, 2017
US 5k star Paul Chelimo:
I'm just shocked? woke up from a nap only to hear David Torrence is dead?…May he RIP?
— Paul Chelimo???? (@Paulchelimo) August 29, 2017
Miler Kyle Merber:
We will name the men's race in his memory and will find every way to celebrate his passion and his life pic.twitter.com/lvfcSdnmTJ
— Kyle Merber (@TheRealMerb) August 29, 2017
“Yo quiero mostrarle al mundo que los peruanos pueden competir, que pueden ser los mejores del mundo…” Eterno agradecimiento para #DavidTorrence; el atleta que se nacionalizó para representarnos. A post shared by Snap: depor.com ? (@deporcom) on
The track world lost a great friend and athlete today. Rest in peace, David Torrence. pic.twitter.com/iaCtDuFErk
— USATF (@usatf) August 29, 2017