The running world was stunned this past weekend when it learned of the death of former Kennard-Dale High School long-distance standout Jon Grey.
Grey, 29, was living in Colorado and was part of the Boulder Track Club at the time of his death. Tuesday would have been Grey’s 30th birthday.
His twin brother, Matt Grey, wrote in a Facebook post that his brother lost his battle with depression.
Matt Grey wrote on Saturday:
"Today will be the hardest day of my life. There is an amazing person who I love, my best friend, my inspiration. My running partner. My partner in crime, I was made whole by this person as we did everything together. I will be half the person I was when I woke up this morning. I will not know how to function without being able to call you, to talk to you. You elevated everyone around you to care more, run faster and live life to the fullest. You were strong and passionate. I hope that where ever you end up, it is filled with endless trails and good friends. This is not goodbye as I will see you again running, playing video games and smiling where I go. My brother Jon Grey ended his life today and lost his battle with depression."
Grey was one of the best long-distance runners to come out of York County and graduated from Kennard-Dale in 2006.
During his senior season at K-D, Grey set the York-Adams League Track Championships record in the 3,200 with a time of 9 minute, 21.1 seconds. He would finish second in the event at the district level and third at the PIAA state meet.
He was also dominant in cross country that same season, capturing the Y-A title, a second-place District 3 medal and an eighth-place finish at states.
Grey first attended the University of Oklahoma before later transferring and becoming a three-time All-American at the College of William & Mary.
After college, Grey became a professional runner for Adidas.
With Adidas, Grey won the 2011 USA Track and Field Club National Cross Country Championships. He was also a Team USA representative at the 2012 and 2015 Great Edinburgh Cross Country and the Pan-American Cross Country Championships in 2015.
Grey also ran the marathon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016. His personal best marathon time, 2:20:08, came at the USATF Marathon Championships in December.
Grey’s running coach with the Boulder Track Club, Lee Troop, posted on Twitter that the Los Angeles Marathon in March was Grey’s next goal.
Troop also posted that Grey was “a hard worker, always went for goals despite how unrealistic (and) was one of the most honest persons I’ve ever met.”
He also added that, “watching Jon race was amazing as I always knew he would give 100 percent, and even if he didn't win, his competitors would have to bleed to beat him! He was a true racing warrior."