A wave of sadness washed through the Twin Cities In Motion office yesterday when we learned of the untimely death of David Torrence. David was a three-time winner of the Medtronic TC 1 Mile who graced the event with his speed, his exuberance and his genuine friendliness. I had the great fortune to know David, and I recognize how deeply he will be missed across the running world.
Anyone lucky enough to have been at the finish line at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile in 2009 -- when David won the inaugural USA 1 Mile Road Championship and became our first sub-4-minute miler -- will remember David’s joy in winning and bettering the mile’s gold standard. His winnings that night kept his Olympic and professional running dream alive when it hung by a thread. Some of us got to share in his joy with a cool splash that night as David sprayed his water-bottle in delight, bounding up the course in celebration.
David returned to the event three more times – winning the race again in 2010 and breaking his course record in 2011. David was generous in victory; often sharing some of his winnings in free pints for race organizers and fellow runners after the event. His enthusiasm for the sport was infectious; his moments of joy contagious.
David returned to the event a final time in 2014, but weather forced the cancellation of the race that would have matched him against Nick Willis, who had broken David’s event record the year before. The field was loaded that year, but no one would have been surprised to see David kick his way to another win on the course where he was never defeated.
On behalf of Twin Cities In Motion and everyone in Minnesota who shared a finish line with David, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to David’s family and friends. Although we got to know David one race at a time, he made a lasting impression on all of us, and we feel your loss and miss him along with you.
Virginia Brophy Achman
Executive Director, Twin Cities In Motion