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.