Farewell, Jim MacLaren

The remarkable Jim MacLaren

It is with great sadness that I report the death of my friend, Jim MacLaren. Jim died in his sleep on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at the age of forty-seven. Rendered a quadriplegic after two terrible vehicular accidents, Jim went on to inspire countless people with his upbeat attitude in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Just five weeks ago, Jim gave me a call to tell me he was finally feeling better after three grueling years of bladder infections that sent him to the hospital time and time again. Click here to read that post and hear a four-minute audio update from Jim.

I had interviewed Jim for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, after hearing him interviewed on Jim Rome‘s sports-talk radio and TV shows. In the course of working with him on his story, we became friends. I visited him at his home in Santa Fe two years ago and was hoping to someday fly out to Pennsylvania to see him again. Jim had moved there last fall to be closer to his sister, Jennifer, and her family.

If you’re unfamiliar with Jim, here is his bio from my book:

MacLaren, a motivational speaker and author, has triumphed over two horrific accidents that would have destroyed a lesser man. At twenty-two, he was a Yale All-American athlete and aspiring actor when his motorcycle was broadsided by a New York City bus. Dead on arrival, he woke up after an eight-day coma to find his left leg amputated below the knee. Inspired by a book about triathlons, he became the fastest one-legged endurance athlete on the planet, routinely finishing ahead of most able-bodied athletes. Eight years later, a van plowed into him during a race, rendering him a quadriplegic.





Oprah Winfrey presents awards to Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboa and Jim MacLaren at the 2005 ESPY Awards


Above is a ten-minute video narrated by Kiefer Sutherland that introduced Jim at the 2005 ESPY Awards, where he was presented an award by Oprah Winfrey.










Jim’s second accident inspired the formation of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

As the San Diego Triathlon Challenge website states:

Bob Babbitt, Jeffrey Essakow and Rick Kozlowski, three of [Jim's] many friends from the sport of triathlon, created a triathlon in San Diego after the accident to buy Jim a vehicle that he could drive with his hands. The goal was to raise $25,000 and they ended up raising $48,000 through the first ever San Diego Triathlon Challenge. “At that event,” remembers Babbitt, “a number of other amputee athletes came up to us to thank us for what we did for Jim, but to also let us know that there were so many other athletes out there that needed help. Insurance would cover a walking leg, but anything having to do with sport was considered a luxury item.”

From Jim’s second tragedy, the Challenged Athletes Foundation was born and in the 17 years since, CAF has raised over $28 million to help disabled athletes stay in the game of life by providing grants to help purchase the equipment they need to stay in the game of life through sport.

“CAF is Jimmy’s legacy,” continues Babbitt. “I’m proud to say that, through the athletes that we help every day, his impact will live on forever.”





In honor of Jim, I am reprinting his entire story from my book to give you the opportunity to see the man he was. His courage was indomitable and his spirit was unconquerable. God bless you, Jim. You are finally free to once again run like the wind.

I was having an early-morning cup of coffee on Saturday, June 5, 1993, the day before a major triathlon in Mission Viejo, California. I was sitting on my girlfriend’s porch in Boulder, Colorado, reflecting on a pretty heady book I was reading, The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky. Although I was up on a porch, covered by trees, I could hear families walking to breakfast with their children on the street below. It was such a beautiful, pristine summer day. I was gazing at the trees and the huge rock faces in the distance and looking back over the eight years since I had lost my leg. I remember thinking, Wow, I’ve really reinvented myself. I’m a professional triathlete. ESPN is following me in the race tomorrow, and I’m traveling around the world racing and doing motivational talks. And it hit me. I thought, Wow, I’m back in it. I’m back in life.

Out of nowhere, I started crying. My girlfriend and training partner came out on the porch with a cup of coffee, saw me crying, and asked, “What’s the matter?” I smiled through tears and said, “Nothing is the matter. I’m crying because I’m happy. Something amazing is about to happen to me. I can just feel it.”

Fast forward eighteen hours later. I wake up early, get to the race and again, I’m feeling wonderful because I’m being announced along with the top pros. The race starts. I finish the mile swim and hop on my bike. A couple miles into the bike ride on a closed course, I’m stretched out on my aerodynamic handlebars, just flying. I assumed the people watching were applauding until I realized they were screaming. I look over to my left, and coming right at me is the grill of a black van. I learned later that a traffic marshal had misjudged my speed approaching the intersection and had directed the van to cross the street.

Life in these moments really slows down. I remember thinking, Okay, if I pedal one click faster, I can beat this guy across the intersection. The last thing I remember hearing is people screaming and the driver hitting his accelerator instead of his brakes. He struck my back wheel, I was thrown from my bike, flew headfirst into a signpost, and broke my neck.

None of that I remember. I woke up in the ambulance, still in race mode, feeling the adrenaline. I was in the same state of mind I had been in eight years earlier. When I first woke up after getting hit by that bus and saw that my left leg was missing, I thought, Oh, okay, cool, your left leg’s gone. And I went back to sleep. When I woke up the day after that, that’s when my ego and brain started freaking out.

So when I came to in the ambulance, I knew right away that my legs didn’t work. But I remember thinking, Oh, maybe I’m just a paraplegic. Maybe I’ll be able to wheelchair race. And I could go beat Jim Knaub (who held all the wheelchair marathon records). Then I blacked out again.

The next thing I know, I’m in the hospital, outside the OR. A doctor is holding my hand. He tells me straight, “Look, you’re a C5-C6 quad, which means that you broke your neck right up around your ears, and you’re never going to move or feel again from the chest down for the rest of your life.” At that moment, there was some aspect of me that felt that if he never let go of my hand, that I’d be okay. But, of course, he had to let go because they wheeled me into the OR. That was the start of multiple surgeries and months of being in the ICU. Basically, the inferno had begun. It was hell. When a buddy from Yale came to see me, I rolled over, looked at him and said, “I don’t know if I can do this again.” Because I didn’t.

As I look back—it’s been fourteen years now—there aren’t a lot of days where I feel great physically. There are a lot of things that I’ve lost—my fiancée, much of my independence, the use of my left shoulder due to a failed rotator cuff surgery. But that’s life. I had a choice: I could lose myself to my body or learn to live beyond it. I found my strength by saying and believing that I am not my body. I am a man. I am alive, as alive as anybody who’s jamming a basketball or scoring a touchdown or hugging their child.

Even though both accidents were devastating at the time, I now view them as gifts and not tragedies. Granted, it might have been easier to say that eighteen months ago, because the last year and a half has been literally miserable. During trips to the hospital, I picked up mono, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is a real trip. So I’ve been spending most every day getting up, going to the bathroom, and going back to bed. But even through those tough times, magic happens.

Even though I’m now considered an “incomplete quad” because I have full sensation and movement to varying degrees, I’m still in chronic pain 24/7. Mornings are the worst—I wake up and feel like wet cement plugged into the wall. If I were going to think, Okay, the rest of my day is going to go exactly how I feel right now, I’d never get up. But that’s not what I do. I start moving my legs a little bit, and my bed becomes an exercise mat. And when I’m up in my chair and sitting on the porch, it’s a hundred times better than the way I felt when I woke up.

I’ve learned to engage life on whatever level I can, whether it’s doing sit-ups in bed or calling friends during the three or four hours it takes for me to get ready in the morning. I’ve made a ritual out of it. Engaging life, feeling that life force surge through me, helps me recapture the sort of feeling I had in Boulder the day before that big race, that something amazing was going to happen to me. Well, something amazing did happen. Maybe not the way Merriam-Webster defines it, but yeah, something pretty amazing happened to me.

Granted, some days are harder than others. I was on an NPR radio show with my friend Bob Kerrey, the former U.S. senator from Nebraska who’s missing a leg. The radio host asked Bob if he considers the loss of his leg a gift, and Bob said, “Yeah, I believe it’s a gift, but some mornings it’s a gift I’d like to wake up without.” I feel the same way. There are times I don’t like the way my life went, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not in love with life.

So, yeah, even though the last eighteen months have been hell, I can still say, as objectively as possible, that I wouldn’t trade what happened to me. Having to admit to my own dependency and vulnerability actually made me more powerful. Why? It dawned on me that acknowledging your wounds and vulnerabilities, and becoming more conscious and knowledgeable about yourself actually makes you a stronger person. I’ve learned how to let people in who really love me, and say, “I’m hurting and I’m human and I need some help.” If I can look at my life truthfully and accept everything that’s happened to me, then I can believe that I’m always going to be okay. What I believe in obviously works, and it’s in my soul, because otherwise I would’ve tried to step over my balcony.

People often tell me things like, “You have such a strong will” or “You have such an amazing attitude,” but there’s just never been a thought in me about, Boy, if I was just the way I used to be, I wouldn’t be going through all this BS. It’s always been, Okay, here’s a new challenge; let me figure it out, let me face it. For me, the journey has always been about going deeper and becoming more of a human being. And, you know what, just once in awhile being okay with the fact that it’s fricking hard. It’s just hard, and it’s not fair. And when I say that, I’m saying that for everybody in the world. Somehow we were brought up to believe that life is fair, and that if we’re good, then it’s all going to always be good. But stuff happens. Is it fair what’s happened to me? No, of course not. So what? I still have to get up in the morning. It’s not about overcoming adversity, it’s about living with adversity.

There’s a myth from Finland that embracing depth psychology, or probing your own depths, is like setting out across a thousand-mile tundra by yourself. It’s not easy. It doesn’t always mean that you get the girl or that you get to walk, but maybe it gives you peace.

Jim MacLaren and me in Santa Fe





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60 Responses to “Farewell, Jim MacLaren”

  1. Ruth Crone Says:

    Phil,

    Thank you for your inspiration. Life is good… let’s live it like only we can.

    Cheers,

    Ruth

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, that is Jim’s legacy, Ruth: to live each day to its fullest.

  3. Kathy Says:

    That was really nice Phil. You did a great thing. Jim MacLaren’s story & Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboa story were so inspirational. Keep pluggin away trying to make the world a better place.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’ll do my best, Kathy. If all of us do our best, we can’t help but make a difference.

  5. Roxy Johnstone Says:

    Thank you, Phil, for sending this story to me! I woke up this morning feeling bad about a few financial problems I am having. This is the first thing I read today and it puts everything in perspective for me! No matter how challenging things may be in our lives, there is always someone successfully overcoming much greater challenges than we may have. I’m glad your post reminded me of that…..it is just what I needed…….

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    We all need such reminders, Roxy. I’m glad you were able to reframe your perspective.

  7. Gail Fairchild Says:

    Thank you for this, Phil. Yet again, I am moved by the people and their stories that you bring to my attention. What an amazing man…I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend but inspired by his life as I’m sure are many others.

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Gail. Jim was indeed an inspiring man.

  9. Jennifer Says:

    Phil…I am so sorry for your loss! He really was an inspiration!

  10. Phil Bolsta Says:

    That he was, Jennifer. Thank you.

  11. Eric J. Veltman Says:

    This is a beautiful Farewell to a man who had to many tragedies in his life. May he RIP.

    Eric
    the Netherlands

  12. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Eric.

  13. justcharrie Says:

    Phil, Jim was unbelievable! He’s a great man. I couldn’t believe that he faced 2 tragic accidents and got over it with so much determination to live a normal life. His story is very inspiring…to the fullest. God bless his soul.

  14. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Jim was truly an inspiration, justcharrie. Thank you.

  15. dyulyur Says:

    It is terrible tragedy that Jim MacLaren has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at http://jimmaclaren.people2remember.com/

  16. Phil Bolsta Says:

    By “contributing,” I see that you mean memories and photos. So that’s good. Thank you, dyulyur.

  17. Pamela Stewart Says:

    Dear Phil,
    I am the “girlfriend and training partner” that Jim referred to in his story. I was with him when he became a quadriplegic (we were both triathletes) and I became his wife in May of 1994, then his ex wife in January 1995. As with everything Jim did, he did relationship with tremendous fire. I am deeply saddened by the loss, and also that I found out via a web posting someone sent me. What a shock.

  18. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m sorry you had to find out that way, Pamela. I know the marriage must seem like a lifetime ago but the bond you two shared is always going to survive in some capacity. Thank you for writing. It’s nice to meet you.

  19. Dave Halberg Says:

    Phil,
    I knew Jim too, and last spoke with him about a year ago. I met him around 1991, found that we went to neighboring high schools, and immediately had a new friend. I share his story often as an inspiration to my patients and my friends and have been inspired by him since the day we met. Thank you for helping share his story. He was an amazing man who will be missed.

  20. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Dave. I’m glad you had a chance to know Jim.

  21. Trey Corley Says:

    Phil, after hearing about Jim passing away on ESPN I was shocked. It had been just about three weeks ago my Dr. told me his story to make me understand that after my four back surgerys that there is a man who has had two tragic accidents & he has overcome & been just so happy to be alive even with the pain & disability. From reading his bio after my Dr. Telling me of him I now know how lucky you are to call him your friend. I’m so sorry for your loss & my prayers are with his family & with you. GOD bless & R.I.P. Jim.

  22. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks very much, Trey. I hope you are doing well after your surgeries and that Jim’s story offered you hope and inspiration.

  23. Nancy Wind Benjamin Says:

    I didn’t know Jim very well in high school – our valedictorian – but, we all knew he was destined for greatness. We knew he could take on the world–and he did– with compassion not aggression. I am sorry he suffered so much in his life cut much too short. His beautiful spirit will always be with his family and friends.

  24. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for that, Nancy. Well said.

  25. Jon Scholl Says:

    Jim was my roommate our senior year in high school. He had a great deal of family heartache in his life leading up to that time. Yet he always managed to focus on the positives and looked to help others around him. Truely an unselfish person if ever there was one!

    We lost touch when he went off to Yale and I only heard about him again after his first accident. After the initial shock of it all, it did not suprise me that he turned it all into a positive and went on to become a world class competitor. He always was one!

    It is a sad day to hear that Jim has moved on. All of us who knew him were touched by his soul. I can only smile at the thought that he has no limitations now!

    God Bless you Jim,

    Jon Scholl

  26. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for sharing your memories of Jim, Jon. It’s nice to hear confirmation that Jim has always been a good guy.

  27. Hillary WIng-Richards Says:

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute to my son JIm–I miss him so

  28. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Hillary. Jim was a good man and a good friend. I miss him too.

  29. Jennifer Hippensteel Says:

    My brother Jim was my friend. my big brother and my support system. We talked often about what our life purpose was. I think to be a success you must positively affect the lives of others. Jim was a true success.
    I miss him more than words can say. I will not be the same until we meet again.

  30. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I know how much Jim loved and appreciated you, Jennifer. Your love and support meant the world to him. I am so sorry for your loss.

  31. Steve August Says:

    I was Jim’s football and lacrosse coach at Vermont Academy. I was also his academic advisor. Jim was an easy assignment. His greatness shone through in those early years at Vermont Academy. He was never for himself. He played and practiced football for three weeks with a cracked bone in his forearm without reporting it to the coaches or trainer, not because of machismo, but because he didn’t want to disappoint his team. Jim never disappointed, and always found a way to give of himself. His legacy is beyond anything that could be imagined. Thank you Jim.

  32. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for weighing in, Steve. I didn’t know Jim way back then but this sounds consistent with the man who became my friend. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute.

  33. Nicole Donovan Says:

    I met Jim when I was working in a gym in Darien, CT during summers while still in college, approx 1989-90. He truely inspired me. We became good friends. He came to Ithaca College to give one of his amazing motivational speeches to my classmates. I felt honored that he came on my behalf and that he was my friend! He moved West and we lost touch. I had heard of his second accident and was devestated for him. He had already been through so much. What he has done in his life is extraordinary. The thousands of athletes that he has helped and inspired. He has changed lives, through his story and through his selflessness and willingness to be there and support others even with what he was going through. I was very sad to hear that he passed away. But, I am honored that (if only for a little while) he was my friend. God Bless you, Jim. May you be running through the clouds!!

  34. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for this story about Jim, Nicole. Jim was certainly a generous friend. Yes, I’m sure that Jim is swimming, biking and running through the clouds!

  35. Gerard Bocaccio Says:

    I first met Jim in 2003 when he gave me permission to develop a movie based on his extraordinary life. His passing has given me pause. I was never able to make that movie because someone, somewhere decided the script was never quite good enough. And maybe it wasn’t which, is my failing. But whenever I’d call Jim to update him and most notably, to tell him I wasn’t able to deliver the committment to film we both had been hoping for, he was always the same; kind, generous of spirit and always supportive of any efforts on his behalf. His story is unique but his life was extraordinary. The world was made better for having him in it and is now much less because of his passing. I am reminded of a line of poetry from the Greek poet, Aeschylus: “God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.” It’s the only way to understand Jim’s life the courage with which he lived it.

  36. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Your story perfectly illustrates Jim’s patience, kindness and generosity of spirit, Gerard. Thank you for your recollections and thoughts about Jim.

  37. Joan linder Says:

    I met JIm thru the book I bought, “Sixty Seconds”…It would be a mystery to not be drawn to this man and his courage that he set forth in his challenge to overcome the circumstances he was given…..This man changed many lives…and mine was moved when he sent me a video email to encourage me during a difficult loss in my life….I am grateful that we have opportunities like these..Of which we accept, but not quite understand….lovingly Joan Linder

  38. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m so glad you and Jim got to connect, Joan. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  39. Ginger Says:

    I met Jim in HS. He went to Vermont Academy and I went to Williston Northhampton in Massachusetts. We visited back and forth throughout our Junior and Senior years. My Junior year Jim surprised me and visited for the weekend of my birthday. I remember how excited he was. He said he was sending a surprise gift on the bus and I should pick it up… It was really nice. Even at such a young age he was just a big gentle giant of charisma. In order to visit he even had to first make contact with the dean to get permission and have them find him a dorm room to stay as a guest in. I cannot remember one moment with Jim that wasn’t just happy and special and nice. Like most everyone, we lost contact after HS. We reconnected through email a few years back, and then facebook. I bought your book Phil for both myself and a good friend of mine when it first came out. I will miss knowing Jim is here on earth with me to say “Hi” once in awhile. I am happy that he is finally off and running again.

  40. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing that story about Jim, Ginger. It gives me a deeper appreciation of him. I’m glad that you reconnected later in life. Jim was definitely one of the good ones.

  41. Frazier Keck Says:

    We will race you on the other side Jim. You are already dearly missed here !!!!

  42. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Very true, Frazier. Very true.

  43. Chris Jordan Says:

    Ever since seeing his story on the 2005 ESPY’s, I’ve shared his story with many people. He was at the very top of my list of people I most wanted to meet someday.

    I was reminded of Jim again today, after learning about Eric LeGrand, a Rutgers football player who was paralyzed this month during a play on the field.

    Jim’s story leaves us all with a lot of hope and motivation to persevere through challenges in life, and while I never will have an opportunity to meet Jim, his story will stick with me forever.

  44. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Chris. I’m glad that you were so inspired by Jim. He was a wonderful person.

  45. Trish Says:

    I just found out Jim passed away. I first saw him on Larry King. Larry King was his usual rude self–not engaged at all–not listening to Jim’s answers. I, of course, was ticked and Jim was patient and dignified. He knew it was an important venue. I have a muscular disorder and soon after the show received a newsletter that he appeared at a nearby hospital. I did not know he moved pretty close to me. I meant to write him. So when Oprah had a show the other day and a producer stated Jim was her most inspirational guest I thought I can find him on facebook and “like” him. I did not know how to spell his last name, googled him and was shocked, saddened. I thought how could I have not written to him to tell him that when he said on Larry King that he had physical pain so great that there were words not yet invented to describe it–that he was talking about me, too? He was amazing. His passing taught me that even though I feel lousy I should not have procrastinated because he deserved one more voice telling him he was admired and cheered on. Thank you for posting this blog. Trish

  46. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for your comments, Trish. Jim was a good man and a good friend and I still miss him dearly. I understand your disappointment about not writing to him, but believe me, Jim knew that he inspired others and he took that responsibility very seriously. I am so sorry to hear that you are in such pain May Jim inspire you to do the best you can with what you’ve got. That’s all he expected of anybody and of himself. Many blessings to you.

  47. Maritza Says:

    I learned about Jim MacLaren’s story from a recording i have of a recent the Oprah Show. I ran to my computer and googled his name, read his story and made a note to come to work today and print out a summary so that my 15yr old daughter could read about it.

    I was sad to find that he passed away last year. I wish that i would have known his story when he was alive. But I am happy to have found him.
    Thank you for posting his words … they lifted and inspired me. Even though his body is gone, his words and courageous soul linger within these pages, wires, books, tv shows and recordings… I am so thankful for having found them

  48. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m glad you were introduced to Jim, Maritza. He was an amazing man.

  49. Eric Mayer Says:

    Every now and then, along comes a figure whose towering accomplishment cannot be hidden from the hungry eyes of a longing world. Jim MacLaren will remain in my life one of those figures, as powerful, poetic, and inspiring as any sage in any age. Thank you, Jim. Thank you

  50. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for your comment, Eric. Jim is sorely missed by many, many people. I’m glad he touched your life so deeply.

  51. Jennifer Simpson Says:

    I didn’t know Jim, however, as a Graduate Assistant in a writing class on Health, Medicine and Human Values, we read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Lucky Jim.” Reading her essay not only sparks great discussion about writing and craft, but about the larger issues about life, and wholeness… the undergrads (pre-med) in the class are always so inspired by Jim’s story.

    I’m not sure what made me google Jim MacLaren today, but I was actually a bit sad to learn he’d died. And I too am inspired by what he accomplished while he was here.

    My condolences to his family and friends… even more than a year later, I’m sure they are still feeling the loss.

  52. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Jennifer. Yes, Elizabeth Gilbert’s piece on Jim was exceptional. I asked jIm about that and he said that he made a conscious decision not to hold anything back form her. He was completely transparent, which is why he came across as so authentic. And yes, his family and friends are still feeling the loss and always will. Personally, I still can’t quite believe he’s gone for good. Especially because he was here for good.

  53. Kimberly Mitchell Says:

    Was watching Emmanuel’s Gift on the OWN network and heard the story of Jim. In tears. My heart is both happy and broken for this man that I did not know. I am fighting obesity, type II diabetes with back issues that slow my efforts to lose weight. Sometimes it is so hard for me to function physically on a daily basis, but Jim’s story inspires me to push myself. I should be grateful for this life and fight like he did. R.I.P. Jim. You are still inspiring people. Peace in Paradise.

  54. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m glad Jim’s courage continues to inspire you, Kimberly. Good luck reinventing yourself. Millions of people have done it. You can too.

  55. ERIC Says:

    Hi. Im from Mexico. All the things happens by a reason, i dont know why but its true. I´d read about Jim and his history this day and i see he finally could rest in peace two years ago. Once you know how hard his life was, no one can give up, no one has the right to say “i can’t” no matter what. sorry for my poor english.

  56. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You may not have good English skills, Eric, but you certainly were able to get across a powerful concept. Thank you!

  57. A TRIATHLON TO REMEMBER | The Real Estate Cat by Jeannie Thompson Says:

    [...] If you are interested in reading Jim’s story.  Click here. [...]

  58. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Jeannie. Jeannie’s story is at: http://therealestatecat.com/2010/10/16/a-triathlon-to-remember/

  59. Chris Wolfe Says:

    Wow– these comments are pretty amazing. Very fitting! I was married to Jim for one year, and it was quite a year…. I did attend his funeral and was so touched to see his family again and hear their kind words. He really was a unique man.

  60. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Chris. I imagine it was quite a year indeed.

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