"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cindy Brochman 1965-2009

After a long battle with cancer, local runner/skier/snowshoer/all-around athlete Cindy Brochman has passed away. I knew her from local trail races, where I was frequently competing against her husband Kevin. The first time we met, I'd just outsprinted Kevin for a medal and was recovering by running back along the course with him, cheering on the other runners; Cindy, after hearing I'd won, said of Kevin "He'd have had you if there was snow." [I learned later that day that Kevin was a former Olympic cross-country skier!]

The last time I saw her was at the Nerstrand 1/2-marathon a couple of years ago. I remember that I recognized her by her eyebrows - something weird about how my memory works; I often only recognize people by the way they move; guess she must've had memorable eyebrows. Cindy and Kevin were looking forward to the next snowy season just as I was dreading the end of autumn; they never got to compete that winter.

I've been thinking of doing the Timm's Hill Trek in March as my first snowshoe endeavour. If I do, she'll have been part of the reason.



Londell said...

Unfortunate for sure. I have followed her posts over the past yard and though I did not know her personally, I felt like I knew her well... May she rest in peace...

Morgan said...

Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. She truly is an inspiration!

SteveQ said...

Since I posted, I realized I actually met her once before, long ago, when I was dating a woman who played semi-pro volleyball. They knew each other well.

And welcome to the non-lurkers, Morgan! Redheads are more than welcome here.