Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My your soul rest in peace Aunt Delores.

As some of you may know, my aunt and uncle are pretty popular amongst the Michigan running community.  Harrison & Dolores Hensley have been heavily involved in running events for many years, until late 2008 when aunt Dolores suffered a stroke.  Uncle Harrison cancelled the race for 2009 and it has not been held since.  In October 2010, Chuck Block of Running Foundation, along with my uncle Harrison's assistance, put on the Run thru Hell on Halloween.  It was to raise funds to provide a wheel chair accessible van so Dolores could begin doing what she loved; traveling to running events.  The turn out for this event was amazing!

It brings me great sadness to inform you that Dolores Hensley, my aunt, passed away yesterday at 2pm.  She was loved by so many runners across the state.  You may have seen her working the registration table on an early Saturday morning, taking your timing tag/chip as you crossed the finish line or handing you a water. 

Please mark your calendars for August 13.  The once famous Run thru Hell race will be taking place!  Not only will this help my uncle deal with the lose of his wife, but it's a great way to honor Dolores' memory.

Here is a great article published in the December 2008 issue of Michigan Runner on aunt Dolores.


  1. Oh Steph I had no idea Delores was your aunt! I'm so sorry for you loss! I ran Hell last year for her wheelchair van! My thoughts and prayers go out to your family!

  2. Wow, it's truly a small world. Dolores was loved by a ton of folks. I loved seeing her smiling face at races.

  3. Wow. So sorry to hear that. I did not know you were related to them.

  4. I'm sorry for your loss Steph. Just found out about your blog from Detroit Runner today. I lived in Michigan from 1997-1998 and actually ran the Run Through Hell in 1998, placing in my age group! It was HOT and I felt like I really did run through hell but had a great time at that race. Very memorable. I'm living back in Seattle (home) again with my Michigander husband and we're thinking of your aunt and how her memory will live on in runners all over.

  5. I'm so sorry about your aunt! I did the Run Thru Hell on Halloween 10k in October with some friends, and we had a blast.