In”VINCE”ible – Sending Good Vibes a Fellow Runner’s Way!

Each day we wake up and never know what the day will bring.  It seems the older I get, the more it is drilled into me, almost daily, that you need to live each day as if is your last.  The saying, “life is short” is so true, although we all think we have forever.

There are people I look up to, who motivate and inspire me, and most of them are a secret only to me.  But today I am going to share one of them with you, and ask that you keep him in your thoughts and send good vibes his way.  He’s in the fight of his life and he is tough, very tough, and I have no doubt in my mind he will overcome and win.

Dave Longcope, Vice DiCroce,  Jim Lynch

Vince DiCroce is a member of my former running group in Denver, Runners Edge of the Rockies.  Vince is an incredible runner and has increasingly gotten stronger and faster throughout the years.  Several years ago when I started to notice Vince’s accomplishments, I commented about them to someone.  They said yes, Vince is amazing; he survived brain cancer a few years back and the tumor continues to shrink.  I thought, wow, that IS amazing, and finally met him shortly thereafter.  He never mentioned his former brain cancer to me, and there was no reason to I guess, since it was in remission.

When I would talk to Vince, he always said encouraging things to me, such as how amazed he was at my accomplishments as a runner.  He inspired me and gave me motivation.  Here’s a guy who already won a life threatening battle and was now running PRs on a consistent basis.  He was fast and getting faster.  I was secretly thinking to myself, this guy is the real superman, yet here he is complimenting me!  I was deeply humbled.  Then Vince jumped into the world of Ironman and completed his first one in September of 2008.  I would continue to keep track of his many accomplishments and always made it a point to congratulate him!

I had the pleasure of spending time with Vince in Birmingham, Alabama, at the Mercedes Marathon in 2009.  He ran a 3:23 and I ran a 3:43.  Since then, he became faster and I’ve gotten slower.  I even had the pleasure of flying back with him to Denver after that race.  Late last year, in November, Vince ran a 3:03 marathon in Richmond, Virginia.  This was a 6 minute PR.  He PR’d every event in 2012.  However, his life drastically changed three days after that marathon.  He found out his brain cancer had returned.

Vince thereafter started a blog titled “And so it begins again” in which he details his story and current progress all in his own words.  Please read his blog and start from the bottom under the post “beginnings” and then read upwards.  I believe you’ll feel what he’s going through.  There’s also a small but growing group called “Run with Vince” who are going to run the Denver Colfax Marathon in May to show their support of him.

I’m personally reaching out to the entire running community and all my Twitter and Facebook followers to keep Vince in your thoughts and send good positive vibes his way.  The power of many can do great magic for the healing process.

Vince, to me you truly are  In”Vince”able and you will WIN!


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  • Jeff McCloud says:
    January 11, 2013 8:58 AM

    I have a childhood friend who was diagnosed with a mailginant brain tumor two years ago. He’s been documenting his journey in a blog. This year, he’s decided to run the number of miles for all of his appointments. Well worth the read.

  • Liz says:
    March 07, 2013 8:56 AM

    We are all so inspired by Vince’s story and Team Vince! You all are what the marathon is all about!

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