08 April, 2010

James Fortner, aka Jim2

I'm so sorry to say that Jim2, James Fortner, one of the kindest people I've never met, recently passed away after a short, but tremendously courageous battle with cancer.

Jim2 was a legend - a thoughtful, kind, legend - on the Runners World Online (RWOL) forums. He had a ton of knowledge, but more importantly, a ton of class. He could step into any thread on the forum, and offer insight into the discussion. No matter how many times a question was posed, Jim2 offered a patient answer. Jim always had a kind, considered, thoughtful response, and his knowledge of running and generosity of spirit were valued so deeply.

From his diagnosis, which he talked about here, through his treatment and updates (here's the last one), Jim inspired all of us who are regulars on the RWOL forums with his strength and sense of humor while operating under the worst of circumstances.

Here's to Jim's 3rd running life. RIP Jim Fortner.