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Today, several of us in Galveston gathered and dedicated our run to Kaytie Joiner, who prematurely lost her life on April 13, 2014, as soon as she finished the DIVA Half Marathon here in Galveston. I never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Kaytie, but her story moves my heart and makes me tear-up when I think about her, her family and friends and her fiancé. Today is the day she was to marry her best friend.
I found her Facebook page- she looks like the type of girl that everyone wants to know and be friends with. She has an all-American smile and a sense of love that surrounds her. Everyone loved her dearly and it seemed that she touched many lives.
I guess she made such a positive difference during her time here on earth that our Good Lord called her “home” to be with Him while she was still so young. I cry when I think of how her fiancé, family and friends must feel and how difficult this day must be for them.
The one thing I know in my heart is that she is at peace. She is resting in a place of love beyond all comprehension. She died doing what she loved and was surrounded by persons who loved her.
Kaytie, we ran for you today. We mourned for you today. We pray that your peace and love and grace surround your loved ones. Thank you for reminding us all that life is so precious and so unpredictable. Thank you for reminding us that sweating the small stuff is a waste of time. Thank you for uniting our running community even more. Thank you for making a difference in our lives- though we’ve never met. One day, let’s go for a run in heaven.
Rest in eternal peace, Kaytie~
Your running friends in Galveston