I think each of our running communities needs a Todd. We need a guy who doesn’t take life too seriously, who throws caution to the wind and challenges convention. We need that guy who challenges us to be better versions of who we are and brings us together not just because of what we do but because of who we are. It is my hope that part of Todd’s legacy is the simple realization that sometimes, most times, just showing up as who we are, no holds barred, is far more than enough.
In recent days, many have paid tribute to the wonderful person that Todd was and I am sure that Hal and the great Ashland running community will continue to find appropriate ways to honor Todd’s legacy. For me, what I’d like to memorialize, is the spirit that Todd represented and the life that he lived. As in any great drama, Shakespearean or otherwise, one needs the charisma of the jester and the calmness muse, and I like to think that, in his death, Todd provides a reference for both. As we strive to become better runners, better friends, and better people, the memory of Todd’s spirit cannot be forgotten.
And so, Todd Ragsdale, may you rest in peace. I, for one, promise to keep your spirit alive in ways that I can: with a laugh, a wink, and perhaps a little tomfoolery.
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Call for Comments (from Meghan)
- Would you like to pay tribute to Todd? Please feel welcome to do so in the comments section.
- For those of you who knew Todd, what features of his personality would you like to take forward into your own future?