I had heard last week that one of my favorite people(Parenthia Jones) in the world had a serious health challenge and today I found out that she is battling cancer. I am not sure what the nature of her cancer is or the prognosis.
Potts as she is affectionately called by all of us who know her is an icon in the Denver running community. She is a tireless volunteer. She carried the olympic torch when it passed through here in 2004 on the way to Utah. Potts carried the torch for a mile just like John Elway. Almost everyone in Colorado knows who John Elway is and I believe that Potts in her own way is as powerful, maybe more so than John Elway is.
One month after 9/11, Potts through together a 5K run so we could have something to hold onto as a community, as a nation.
A young couple was murdered in Aurora several years ago and Potts put together a wonderful race to honor their memories and begin the healing process for the mother's who lost their children. Before the start of the race they released beautiful white doves. It was a beautiful moment.
Potts puts on 4 or 5 small races through her running club, Potts Trotters every year. She has a loyal following of runners. The post race award ceremony can take longer than the race did to run with all of the age group awards that she gives out along with all of the raffle prizes.
It is not unusual at all to have age group winners in the 70-74, 75-79 and 80+ years at her events.
Potts was the race director of the Colorado Youth at Risk Possibility 5K last year that Sue put on. Without Potts helping us, the race doesn't take place.
Potts has a huge heart and is loved dearly by all of us who are lucky enough to know her.
You can read more about her by clicking here.