DeWayne Satterfield: 1964-2020

In remembrance of ultrarunner DeWayne Satterfield.

By on March 13, 2020 | Comments

AJW's TaproomThe last time I saw DeWayne Satterfield was during the golden hour at the 2019 Western States 100, after he crossed the finish line. Caked in a layer of salt and smiling from ear to ear, I can still see the look on his face. It was the distinct look of both utter exhaustion and complete satisfaction that so often represents the paradoxical wonder of finishing a long ultramarathon. That was DeWayne’s second Western States finish, fully 25 years after his first.

Last Friday, DeWayne Satterfield passed away after battling a particularly aggressive form of cancer. He was 55 years old.

DeWayne Satterfield was, quite simply, an ultrarunning legend. Along with his good friend and long-time training partner Dink Taylor, DeWayne literally put Huntsville, Alabama on the ultrarunning map and inspired a generation of runners in the southeastern United States to take up the sport. As a young, up-and-coming ultrarunner in the 1990s, I was constantly in awe of DeWayne’s running prowess, from his incredible string of 25 consecutive finishes at his beloved Mountain Mist 50k to his 11 attempts at the Barkley Marathons, DeWayne was a fixture of the ultrarunning scene for a generation and a guy who, at least to me, made it all look so easy and fun.

In the early days of organized ultrarunner sponsorships, I recall looking on with a bit of envy as DeWayne emerged as a southeastern stalwart of the original Montrail Ultrarunning Team. Known for his reflective philosophical nature combined with a fierce competitive fire, DeWayne, in his prime, was a threat to win just about any race he entered. Over the past 15 years or so, I was fortunate to run alongside Dewayne from time to time and he was always, and I mean always, friendly, kind, and generous with his running advice. He had that rare quality, when he was talking with you, of making you feel like you were the most important person in the world to him at that moment.

DeWayne’s passing leaves a deep hole in the ultrarunning community, most notably in the region of the U.S. southeast that he called home but also in the entire ultrarunning universe. Representing many of the values we hold so dear in the sport, humility, resilience, determination, and a reverence for nature, DeWayne’s passing reminds us of the importance of living our values not as runners but as people, as well.

Rest in Peace, DeWayne.

Bottoms up!

AJW’s Beer of the Week

This week’s Beer of the Week comes from Huntsville, Alabama’s Salty Nut Brewery. One of their best staple beers is their Imperial Moustache Red which is a classic Irish Red Ale with a nice crisp finish and just a touch of sweetness. Weighing in at a pleasant 5.6% and a super mellow 19 IBUs, Imperial Moustache is one of those beers that’s good just about any time.

Call for Comments (from Meghan)

In memory of DeWayne, please feel welcome to share a story of sharing the trails and races with him.

DeWayne Satterfield (right) and friend Dink Taylor at the 2013 Mountain Mist 50k. Image courtesy of Dink Taylor.

DeWayne Satterfield before the 2019 Western States 100. Photo: Western States 100

Andy Jones-Wilkins

Andy Jones-Wilkins is an educator by day and has been the author of AJW’s Taproom at iRunFar for over 11 years. A veteran of over 190 ultramarathons, including 38 100-mile races, Andy has run some of the most well-known ultras in the United States. Of particular note are his 10 finishes at the Western States 100, which included 7 times finishing in the top 10. Andy lives with his wife, Shelly, and Josey, the dog, and is the proud parent of three sons, Carson, Logan, and Tully.