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Friday, November 23, 2007

Much Love & Respect

Life has a way of throwing curve balls when we least expect it..... unfortunately today the world lost one of its best, someone who's love for life was an inspiration to everyone around him and his smile will always be engraved in my memory.

I first got to know Mike Janelle as a competitor during 24 hours of Moab as Brian Smith and I were battling it out year after year with the dynamic duo of Jay Henry and Mike. In a race that breaks you down and builds you up, it was Mike's resilient positive energy that I will never forget. It never mattered that it was 3 am and 5 minutes separated us, Mike always had a smile on his face and was always there to cheer you on. We never beat Mike and Jay..... but it never mattered, they were friends and we learned a great deal from them.

Mike was 40 years young and managed to pack more life into those 40 years than most could in 100. His enthusiasm for life, his hilarious stories, his dedication and his smile will never be forgotten. You will be missed Mike, may you rest in peace....


Blogger Bill said...

This was certainly a hard read this morning as I awake to go on a tele-ski in the Bitterroot's. I feel I can relate to Mike, not only in age but my enthusiasm for the sport. Where would our sport be without the enthusiasm and dedication of people like Mike. I am curious to learn why someone with such and endurance background would suffer from a heart attack.

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kinda short notice and I'm not sure if you are in Boulder at the moment, but I was planning on heading over to Mike's memorial service (5pm at Beaver Creek) and wanted to see if you or anyone else in the Boulder area is interested in car pooling out there. Give me a call at 970-219-8761 if you get this before 2pm today.

Aaron Potts

10:10 AM  

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