This morning I received the sad news that my friend Sandy Bodecker has passed away.
It’s with a heavy heart that I am sending my condolences to the family, sport lovers and @Nike.
I am still in denial.
Rest in peace Sandy
Eliud Kipchoge pic.twitter.com/A9QpPQnOP0
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 3, 2018
One of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in the sports world, Sandy Bodecker, has died at the age of 66. Bodecker was Nike’s V.P. of Special Projects, the most famously special to runners being 2017’s Breaking2, the highly structured attempt at a sub-2:00 marathon, which also led to the creation of the Vaporfly and Zoom Fly shoes. Though media reports were not specific, Bodecker had battled cancer in the past.
According to Nike, Bodecker was obsessed with the marathon’s 2-hour barrier, so much so that he had 1:59:59 tattooed on his left wrist. “The sub-two-hour marathon is the last big, once-in-a-generation barrier,” he said at the time. “It will impact the way runners view distance running and human potential forever.” The athlete who came the closest, Eliud Kipchoge, paid tribute to his friend in a tweet.
Bodecker had been with Nike for more than 35 years. He started as a shoe wear-test co-ordinator and was deeply involved in football and action sports before becoming the brand’s first head of global design.
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Some joked SB stood for Sandy Bodecker. Truth is, SB wouldn’t be here without Sandy. With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our friend, the man who believed in Nike SB from day one and made it what it is today. Your legacy lives on through every individual here and you’ll inspire us forever. Rest in peace, Sandy.
Bodecker had overseen Nike’s skateboarding division since 2002. Nike SB paid tribute to him in a recent Instagram post.