Update on Reflections of a Lost Runner

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote a post about a little tucked away memorial to a person who had passed away. You can read the post HERE.


I had done some research and found out she was a runner. I pass this memorial on my favorite running route and always pause there.

This is right near the spot where the memorial is located.

This is right near the spot where the memorial is located. Cloudy day, but you can kinda see the Dallas skyline in the background.

Since I wrote that post, I’ve gotten a few messages from friends of her. If you read the comments in it, you’ll see some of them. It seems she was very much loved. I’m glad to hear that she made such an impression on people…So much so that they are still searching for her online so many years after her passing (That’s how they come across my blog post). That said, I still had many questions about who this person was…

…Fast forward to this week, and I received another message. One of her friends shared some more details about her. Here is what she wrote:

“Scott – I was a good friend of Sabra’s and her sister, Monica. I met them through mutual friends and became close to them when I joined Luke’s Locker’s marathon training programs in 2000. They’d been running marathons for years, and when I joined the group they took me under their wings and helped me prepare to run my first half-marathon (White Rock half). Although they were both much faster runners than I was, they were so sweet to run at my pace to keep me company and give me pep talks. I told them both at the time that I’m not sure if I would have made it through that first race without their support. We were also good/social friends outside of running. Sabra’s death was tragic – a motorcycle accident caused by a driver who ran a red light.

She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, just like her sister, who was her best friend. Monica spearheaded planning for the memorial bench that you’ve discovered, and a number of us running friends contributed to its erection at the park. The phrase on the bench was Monica’s idea and it’s absolutely perfect. So many friends spent hours – years – training with Sabra at the lake and we wanted a place where friends and family could come to visit her. I shed a few tears of sadness when I stumbled upon your post, but also a few tears of happiness to know that her memory lives on at the lake and that others have discovered the special spot where she spent a lot of time and touched so many lives.”

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I’m thankful that she reached out to me, and that I am then able to reach out to you with this information. But I’m most thankful that Sabra’s friends know that even though she’s gone, people are still thinking of her…even people that never met her.

No questions today, but if you have any thoughts on this, please share in the comments.

PS – If you ever run at White Rock Lake in Dallas, and want to know where this memorial is, holla at me and I’ll fill you in.

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37 thoughts on “Update on Reflections of a Lost Runner

  1. It’s nice to see your blog posts can have an impact on others and that you are able to make the connection with her friends.

    • Thanks Piper! Yes, it’s been great to see how our blogs can do some good. I’m glad my posts and all y’all comments are reaching her friends!

  2. WalkToRio

    Such a nice thing to read.

  3. I love that you take the time to remember someone you didn’t even know. It warms my heart. It’s like thinking “what legacy will I leave here, and will people even care/remember?” This girl didn’t even get a chance to make her legacy, yet here it is. So powerful and inspirational. Thanks, Scott!

    • Thank you so much! It seems you’re right and she did leave a good legacy that affects so many! Again, thanks for your kind words!

  4. What a great post! Nice to know you can still be remembered by people you don’t even know and how you can still impact people though you aren’t physically here!

  5. I love that you keep touching upon this with updates. I think it is a really neat tribute to a fellow runner and speaks multitudes of how great the running community can be.

  6. It’s nice learning more about her. I think it’s great you reached out to them and that they’ve communicated back to you.

  7. Just wonderful how we can connect as people and as runners.

  8. Love this! What a beautiful post!

  9. Scott, this is such a beautiful story and I am sure like most I’m so grateful you shared this with the world. There are so many remarkable, compassionate, dedicated people in the world, and it’s so good that their memory has ways of lingering on and touching so many.

    • Thank you so much! When I first saw her memorial, I researched her online, but couldn’t find much. I’m glad that since then some of her friends have reached out. Yes, it is reassuring to hear about good people out there.

  10. Oh my gosh, such a beautiful, powerful story. How amazing!! Thanks for sharing! xoxoxo

  11. This is so lovely. I’m glad you found the memorial and wrote about it because it is a gift that keeps giving.

  12. runningschlub

    This is amazing. I lost a buddy in Iraq and nothing is more therapy that remembering what a great person he was and sharing with others how lucky I was to know him.

    Looks like her friends are the same way. Great post Scott.

  13. This is really touching. I teared up a bit. She still touches lives.

  14. Thanks for sharing her message! A beautiful tribute to one of our fellow runners 🙂

  15. That’s so great! We’ve got a memorial bench on my route, think I may have to look into the honoree!

  16. This is a wonderful post. It’s really amazing that you’re able to continue to share this woman’s story.

  17. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank you for the update. Such a sad story.

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