Canadian Running

Kindred Spirits

- By Shannon Penway

Shannon Penway was a successful mountain and trail runner who had represente­d Canada and raced internatio­nally. On a beautiful day in September 2017, while cycling to Washington state’s Mount Baker with three others, she was suddenly lying on the highway with a head injury. The random stranger who witnessed the crash happened to be not only an off-duty firefighte­r whose skill and experience saved her life, but a veteran trail runner, like herself. As she recovered, they formed a friendship based on gratitude, concern and their mutual passion for the sport.

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