Mike Elhard, a 39-year-old resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, died on September 13, 2021, while training for the Chicago Marathon. The cause of his death has not been revealed by his family or the authorities. Elhard was a loving husband, father, and avid runner who left behind a legacy of kindness and generosity.
A Passion for Running and Helping Others
Elhard was born in Arlington, Georgia, on November 5, 1981, to George and Dorothy Davis. He moved to Minnesota with his family when he was a child. He graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2000, where he was a star athlete and student. He went on to study at the University of Minnesota, where he met his future wife, Kristi.
Elhard had a passion for running and fitness. He participated in several marathons and half-marathons, including the Twin Cities Marathon, the Grandma’s Marathon, and the Boston Marathon. He was preparing to run the Chicago Marathon on October 10, 2021, with his wife and friends.
Elhard also had a heart for helping others. He worked as a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial, where he helped his clients achieve their financial goals. He was also involved in various charitable causes, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He donated his time, money, and skills to support these organizations and their beneficiaries.
A Sudden and Mysterious Death
Elhard left his home on Jackson Drive near Pioneer Trail around 10 a.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, to go for a run. He was wearing a bright yellow shirt, dark shorts, a black visor, black and white Brooks running shoes, and an Apple Watch. He never returned home.
His family and friends became worried when they could not reach him by phone or track his location. They contacted the Eden Prairie Police Department and launched a search effort. They posted flyers, shared messages on social media, and drove around the area looking for him.
The next day, around 8 a.m., a body fitting Elhard’s description was found along Hennepin Town Road, north of Pioneer Trail, about a mile east from where he was last seen. The police confirmed that it was Elhard, and said that there were no signs of foul play.
Elhard’s death shocked and saddened his family, friends, and community. They remembered him as a kind, generous, and fun-loving person who always had a smile on his face. They expressed their grief and condolences on social media and online platforms.
Elhard’s funeral was held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Hundreds of people attended the service, which was also live-streamed online. His family and friends shared their memories and tributes, and celebrated his life and legacy.
Mike Elhard’s cause of death remains a mystery, and may never be known to the public. What is certain, however, is that he was a beloved husband, father, friend, and runner, who touched many lives with his kindness and generosity. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.