“It’s not about how long you live, but how you contribute… It’s about doing your best, and doing the right thing. It’s about recovering from your mistakes and not giving up. It’s about the baton pass to a new generation. It’s about the realization that you cannot go it alone. It takes a team.”
– Geoff Hollister
This week the running world lost a pioneer- a man who changed the running landscape and who helped to bring us Nike, the company that changed our running world forever. Although I was not very familiar with Mr. Hollister, I have been simply inspired by learning about his work ethic, dedication, and determination to the sport of running and the community. He preached a message of hard work and demanded nothing short excellence from his athletes. As stated in this article, he loved “grassroots running, thinking outside the box, and connecting with the youth running community.” He was a genuine man who traveled across the country to sell shoes out of the trunk of his car because he believed so deeply in the product he was promoting. Those who were closest to him say he taught others how to live, was able to talk to anyone for hours about anything, and encouraged us to remember a simpler time in running. A time when people simply gave their hearts to run, jump, and throw.
This is certainly a hard time for Nike, the Hollister family, and the running community. My heart goes out to all of those who are affected by this loss. At the same time, I feel fortunate and proud to be part of community that attracts individuals such as Mr. Hollister. Devoted, kind, encouraging, and a man who expected the best and who gave his best every single day. May he rest in peace.