This morning I learned of the passing of a legend in the runDinsey community, Peggy Sue. This is a huge loss not only to our community, but to me personally as she has touched me in so many ways over the years even though she probably had no idea.
If you have run a race in Walt Disney World or Disneyland, chances are you have seen Peggy Sue and you have smiled. She was always near the end of a race course holding her famous sign: “Hello Complete Stranger, I’m Proud Of You Too!”
My first memory of Peggy Sue was during my first half marathon, the 2012 Princess Half Marathon. I recall seeing her near the bus stops as you head into Epcot for the final mile of the race. I was so emotional about finishing my first half marathon and to think that this person had come out to cheer ME on was mind blowing…I will never forget her there.
I continued to see her at every Disney race. In front of the Yacht Club for the Wine & Dine Half and the WDW Marathon and in Downtown Disney for the Disneyland Half. I didn’t know who she was, but I was always thrilled to see her and would stop to thank her for her support.
It wasn’t until after a year or so of running that I found her through the Pacebook Running Club (PbRC). I was thrilled to learn her name and I quickly friended her on Facebook. She was a HUGE part of the PbRC and always attended their meet ups on race weekends.
The last time I saw Peggy Sue was during the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. I had known she was ill and I wasn’t sure if I would see her. Plus is was pouring rain and chilly for that race. When I saw her and her signature sign in front of the Yacht Club I was elated. I ran over, gave her a big hug, asked how she was feeling, and thanked her for coming out on that incredibly crappy night. I didn’t know it would be the last time I would see her, but I’m so thankful for that moment.
This incredibly kind and selfless woman will surely be missed both on and off the race course. She meant so much to so many and touched thousands of lives. Her spirit will surely live on in all of us and she will never be forgotten. Thank you Peggy Sue!
Please take 5 minutes to view this wonderful tribute: