"Hey man just to let you know not sure about all the details but Jeff Papenfus died while Mtn biking today"
I met Jeff last year at the TNGA and he was signed up again for this year's ride. I hardly knew him, but he was a brother just the same.
Here he is with Ruth after finishing last year.
There are a few details posted on the Trailblazers board:
The adventure racing community lost a great person today. Jeff Papenfus (Greenville SC) was riding down Curtis Creek road near Old Fort, NC on a training day with Derrick (from Greenville) and Elizabeth Morse (from Charlotte.) Derrick was downhill of the incident. Somehow Jeff fell face forward into the embankment. Elizabeth was the first to respond. Despite being stung by over 50 yellow jackets, she provided CPR and called 911. But Jeff did not speak. When appropriate, there may be details and services announced further.
Many of you have already commented on Jeff's facebook page. He is survived by his wife Lisa. One of his teammates, Jim Kelleher, was one of the first family friends to comfort Lisa. I encourage you to keep her in your prayers in the months ahead.
Personally, I am very sad and filled with fine memories of Jeff. My prayer remains that all of us, in this little AR community, be safe.
Now I have another reason to hate Curtis Creek Road.
If you end up reading this, thank you Elizabeth. 50 yellow jackets? Selfless doesn't cover that. There's no word short of heroic for that. Of course you know CPR... Thank you.
May we all die doing something we love.
Rest well brother.