Milestones Nov. 19, 2007


Everything was turning out exactly how he had always imagined. He was in the best shape of his life, recently married and running the qualifying marathon in a bid to make the U.S. Olympic track team after suffering an injury during the 2004 trials. But 5.5 miles (9 km) into the race, Ryan Shay, one of the nation's top distance runners, collapsed in the middle of Manhattan's Central Park. While the initial autopsy was inconclusive, many suspect that the Notre Dame graduate's untimely death was caused by an enlarged heart--a condition he suffered from since adolescence. Shay was 28.

Her life had...

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