Monday, August 09, 2010
Derek “Rudy” Valentino
This is a follow up to the story that I wrote about back in June 2010 about the gentleman who passed away during the Sprint Distance Philadelphia Triathlon. I received an answer today about what was the nature of his death.
"Derek's death was ruled an accidental drowning"
This post is not intended to dwell on what occurred but rather shed some light on what is being done to share the life that Derek lived. I did not know Derek and until I read the story I had no idea who he was. I just felt that is was necessary to find out what really happened. I personally love to race whether it be a triathlon or a marathon or even a 5k and when I was starting out I asked alot of people for help and advice and now people come to be for questions and advice and I try to help them as best as I can. With Derek I felt that he was someone trying to do something to make his family and friends proud but had a tragic end so I feel that it is necessary to help spread the word and give my quote "advice" or on this case the information I was sent. I was contacted by someone who is helping raise money for Derek's children and they asked me to help spread the word. I have added a link to my blog that will link you to all the info you need and I also will post a copy of the flyers that were sent to me.