Community Remembers Charlottesville's 'Running Man'
People are taking to social media to mourn the loss of Philip Weber III, Charlottesville's renowned Running Man. Tuesday, an SUV struck and killed Weber while he was out jogging.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Hundreds of people are taking to social media, expressing their sadness and concerns for Charlottesville's Running Man.
Tuesday, an SUV struck and killed 55-year-old Philip Weber III while he was out jogging along Ivy Road.
Family members say they find some peace in knowing that Weber died doing what he loved. They'd also like to thank the community for all the kind words.
Weber would casually complete marathon distances around Charlottesville and Albemarle County, running an average of 5,000 miles a year.
The family says the hundreds of shares and comments on Facebook show volumes about how much the community loved him.
Neighbors and those who knew him say no one could ever take his place.
“I think a lot of people can try all they want, but nobody can replace the Running Man. I mean, you look at the outpouring of people who are responding to what happened this week. I don't even think the Running Man himself could fathom that so many people would be touched by him just doing what he loved,” said Jason Elliott.
Elliott, who lives in the same building as Weber on Jefferson Park Avenue posted, "May you enjoy jogging with the angels, neighbor."
Some people want to create a race in Weber’s honor, calling it The Running Man 13.1 since he would sometimes run a half marathon in the morning and afternoon.
Weber's family says he will most likely be buried in Winchester, Virginia where his parents live, and it will most likely be a private service.