Friday, August 10, 2018

In Memoriam: Volte Alumni Shawna Kent (1977-2018)

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ William Penn

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. 

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. - Corinthians 5:6-8  

The grief that accompanies the death of a friend is hard to express in words.

We learned Sunday that one of our Volte Alumni, Shawna Kent, just two weeks shy of 41, passed away while she was out on a run early Saturday afternoon near her home in The Woodlands.

She had recently started her training for what would have been her 13th marathon in January at the Chevron Houston Marathon.

"Shawna trained with us from August 2015 though March of 2016 training for San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in December and The Woodlands Half Marathon in March," said Volte founder Bill Dwyer.

Shawna and Dana-Susan Crews warming up before a late summer 2015 track workout.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Bill shared her first ever e-mail to him, which was a little more than three years ago, July 27, 2015:

"I got your email from someone at Fleet Feet the other day. 
I recently moved back to the area. 
I have been doing full and half marathons the past 15 years. 
I am wanting to work on my speed. 
Fleet Feet suggested I contact you and you may have a group that would interest me. 
I currently run 25-30 miles per week and particularly working on increasing my speed as I train for the San Antonio full Marathon in early December. 
Any information I would greatly appreciate. 
Thank you, Shawna."

"Shawna was a very positive and super sweet person," Bill said.  "She was very proud of her daughters' gymnastics and talked about them quite a bit when training with us.

Shawna Kent finishing the 2016 The Woodlands Half Marathon along The Waterway.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
"She was very passionate about running and the running community and she was one of those personalities who "never met a stranger"."

Please keep her husband Arron and their two daughters, Olivia and Mallory, ages 17 and 15, respectively, in your thoughts and prayers.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, August 9 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands.

Volte was asked by the family via our founder Bill Dwyer and friend Jon Walk’s friend Rick Cook to provide a list of all of the races that Shawna had ever run.

We were humbled and honored to be asked and to serve the family in this way and wanted to list those here in memory of Shawna:


4:16:35 - Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL, 10/9/2005
3:38:22 - Indianapolis Marathon, Indianapolis, IN, 10/20/2007
3:58:17 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA, 4/21/2008
3:50:18 - Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/4/2008
4:03:51 - Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/3/2009
3:58:14 - Air Force Marathon, Dayton, OH, 9/19/2009
4:11:56 - The Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, TX, 3/3/2012
4:25:06 - Chevron Houston Marathon, Houston, TX, 1/13/2013
4:19:30 - St Jude Memphis Marathon, Memphis, TN, 12/6/2014
4:35:46 - Rock 'N' Roll San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, TX, 12/6/2015
4:42:17 - Texas Marathon, Kingwood, TX, 1/1/2017
4:28:03 - BCS Marathon, College Station, TX, 12/10/2017

1:49:57 - Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianpolis, IN, 5/8/2004
1:48:53 - Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianpolis, IN, 5/7/2005
1:44:06 - Flying Pig Half Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/6/2007
1:53:35 - Flying Pig Half Marathon, Cincinnati, OH, 5/1/2011
1:59:18 - Oneamerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianpolis, IN, 5/2/2015
1:56:46 - The Woodlands Half Marathon, The Woodlands, TX, 3/5/2016
2:12:07 - Huntsville Half Marathon, Huntsville, TX, 10/22/2016

0:25:50 - Get On The Stick 5K, Carmel, IN, 2/18/2006
0:30:15 - Michael Treinen Foundation Turkey Trot 5K, Noblesville, IN, 11/22/2012
0:33:07 - Graceworks Turkey Trot 5K, Franklin, TN, 11/28/2013
0:25:55 - Nashville Race for the Cure 5K, Nashville, TN, 10/25/2014
0:25:44 - The Lauren's burg Hill 5K, Lawrenceville, IN, 9/19/2015
0:27:50 - Michael Treinen Foundation Turkey Trot 5K, Noblesville, IN, 11/23/2017

Whether you’ve run or trained with Volte once or a hundred times, you’re always a Volte, an alumni or a friend.


Shawna and her smile will be missed.

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