Spirit Run's 15K
In Memory of Juan Ramirez
On August 23rd the world lost Juan Ramirez, a gentle soul and extremely talented runner, when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver while running. Juan was loved and admired by many Spirit Run participants as well as its Board of Directors.
A marathon runner, Juan typically ran 70 miles per week, topping 100 the weeks preceding a marathon. He had a personal record in the marathon of 2 hours and 30 minutes. He was also highly competitive in all distances. Indeed, in 2008 the OC Register's David Whiting entitled his column about Juan "Fastest Man in OC?"
Juan has competed in Spirit Run since the late 1990s. He loved running. It seemed he couldn't get enough of it. So it's no surprise that Juan was running Spirit Run's 10k plus the 5k even before Spirit Run made the "15k" an official event.
Juan befriended all adult runners, from elite competitors to casual joggers. He also mentored elementary children training for Spirit Run and high school runners.
Juan embodied the values and mission of Spirit Run. He loved running and was committed to encouraging other runners, in particular youth runners, to achieve their personal best goals.
Spirit Run's 15k competitors include our toughest, most determined, and committed runners. It seems fitting to honor Juan's memory by dedicating the 15k to him.
IN THE NEWS
Juan was loved locally, throughout Southern California, and beyond. See what others have to say about him in the news stories below.
"Orange County’s ‘fastest man’ killed, but his inspiration lives," September 1, 2017.
"An Inspiration and friend," August 29, 2017.
"Fastest Man in OC?" March 5, 2008.
"Santa Ana winner blows to the finish," March 3, 2008.