Amanda Peake Glover, a 32-year-old mother of four, died after running a half marathon in Columbia, South Carolina, on April 11, 2015. She collapsed and passed away moments after crossing the finish line, leaving behind her husband and children. Her death shocked and saddened her family, friends, and the running community.
A Passionate Runner and a Loving Mother
Amanda Peake Glover was a fitness enthusiast who loved running and exercising. She co-owned Fitness 535, a gym in Columbia, where she worked as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. She also participated in several races, including a full marathon with her brother, Josh Peake, a month before her death.
Amanda was also a devoted mother to her four children, ages 3 to 11, and a supportive wife to her husband, Benji Glover. She balanced her work and family life with grace and joy. She was described by her friends as a fun-loving, outgoing, and caring person who lived out loud.
A Mysterious and Unexpected Death
Amanda signed up for the Palmetto Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile race that started and ended at the Village at Sandhill shopping center. She ran the race with her husband, who was four minutes behind her. She finished the race in 1 hour and 56 minutes, a personal best for her.
However, as she crossed the finish line, she collapsed and lost consciousness. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The cause of her death was not immediately known, and an autopsy was ordered to determine it.
According to the race director, Amanda did not show any signs of distress or fatigue during the race. She was well-hydrated and had a normal heart rate. She also did not have any pre-existing medical conditions that could have contributed to her death.
A Legacy of Love and Inspiration
Amanda’s death left a void in the lives of her loved ones and those who knew her. Her family and friends gathered to mourn her loss and celebrate her life. They shared memories of her laughter, her kindness, and her faith. They also expressed their gratitude for the time they had with her and the impact she had on them.
Amanda’s death also raised awareness of the risks and precautions of running, especially for long distances. According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac death is rare among runners, but it can happen due to underlying heart problems, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, or heat stroke. The association advises runners to consult their doctors before starting a training program, to listen to their bodies, and to seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms of distress.
Amanda Peake Glover was a remarkable woman who touched many lives with her passion, her love, and her spirit. She ran the race of life with courage and grace, and she crossed into eternity with hope and peace. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.