Mark Godale Obituary Runner, Aurora, OH racing legend Mark Godale died of heart attack at aged 51

Mark Godale Death, Obituary Pending– CLEVELAND, OH – Mark Godale of Aurora, Ohio, a runner and racing industry icon died from an apparent heart at the age of 51, on Monday, June 13, 2022. Mark obtained a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, minor in drawing and illustration at University of Akron and was an alum of Aurora High School. We learned about Mark Godale’s death news through a social media publication , the statement reads below.

Very sad to report that Mark Godale died on Monday night from an apparent heart attack. He was 51.
Mark was a top-flight ultrarunner and set an American record for 24 hours in 1999 with 162+ miles. He was a 5-time Western States finisher.
Shown here with two of his four daughters. RIP, Mark. You were one of the good ones.

Mark Godale was in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 16, 1970. Mark was 1999 USA Track & Field Ultra Runner of the Year ad an exceptionally talented and creative art director. Mark was an athlete of cross country and track & field for the University of Akron.

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Mark Godale PRs

  • 400m: 52 [Florida State Relays, Split for 800m]
  • 800m 1:58 [Florida State Relays]
  • 5 km: 15:27 Bally Total Fitness B-Fit 5K Run, Chicago
  • 5.45 Miles: 25:37 [Hood to Coast Relay, First Leg]
  • 1/2 Marathon: 1:12 [Youngstown Road Runners Distance Classic 1/2 Marathon]
  • Marathon: 2:30 [Boston Marathon]
  • 50 km: 3:16 [USA 50 km Championship]
  • 50 Miles: 5:30 [50 Mile GNC Challenge, Pittsburgh]
  • 100 km: 7:08 [100 km World Championship, France]
  • 100 Miles: 14:15 [USA 24 Hour Championship, Split for 24-Hours]
  • American Record to 24-Hours: 162.4 Miles [USA 24 Hour Championship]


Tributes have been pouring in from all directions as people eulogize Mark’s life. Social media is agog with such tributes as friends and relatives recall how Mark lived.

The death of Mark will surely leave a huge gap. A gap between family and friends will not be able to close so quickly. Surely the demise of Mark will live on as an eternal memory in people’s hearts.

”We are so saddened to learn of the recent passing of Mark Godale.
Mark will always remain an absolute legend in our sport. The USATF ultra runner of the year in 1999, Mark’s accomplishments as a runner are simply too many to list here. It is truly unfair that he was taken so soon.

In addition to his talents as a runner, Mark was a wonderfully gifted artist. If you have run an ultramarathon in Ohio, chances are you have seen and worn his work. We are privileged to have his art serve as the logos for every…single…one of our races.
Our love and light go out to Mark’s family and all those who love him.”

”Mark Godale, THANK YOU…
Thank you for always being a great friend, teammate and inspiration. This news hit hard today. Of all the laughs and long talks over the years as kids on the soccer field to your message to me as I turned the big 5-0, it was what you said after my first day of football 2-a-days that I now fall back on.

I was dragging my ass out of the locker room and you ran up behind me and reminded me that being the only girl on a team was nothing new. You told me you were proud of me and that I would always have a place on your soccer team when I wanted.
My friend, I know God welcomed you and your beautiful smile onto his team… until we compete (together) again…. Keep running.”

”My 1st Boston Marathon, your 28th. 💙
-The night I made a bad /good mistake to take you up on your challenge to run your bothers 50k. (First 50k)
-You coached me to my 2nd place finish at the USATF 50k National Championship in New York

-You coached me to my 1st place trail 50k championship in Canada
-You helped me receive a small sponsorship with a Gel company for endurance sports
– You and Connie took me in and showed me how to love the sport of running again
❤️I’ll forever be grateful, and I’m honored to have known you
Rest easy my friend ❤️ you will be missed Mark Godale”

”How do you put into words the sadness of the passing of Mark Godale ..
This was supposed to be a tribute to him on his birthday but the powers to be had different plans for Mark…

He was the rare combination of my HERO MENTOR AND FRIEND… To many of you I’m known as the guy that ran 20 Boston’s. Well NONE would have happened if Mark didn’t have the foresight to take a raw untalented runner under his wing and work with me to make that dream come true. All while he was THE best Ultra Runner this country had. Yes MARK WAS THE BEST.

He and Connie Gardner set the bar for Ultra running in the US. I want you all to know that. Mark was so much more than a guy who ran 29 Boston’s IN A ROW he is majorly responsible for the popularity of Ultra running in this country and he had a huge heart and I was proud to call him my friend. I loved Mark and respected his talent and insight.
Mark I hope all your external as well as internal pain is now gone. REST WELL RUN WITH BOTH LEGS AND WATCH OVER ME AND ALL THE RUNNERS YOU INSPIRED.”

Consolation for the family

Meanwhile, Mark’s family is receiving some huge emotional support from many well wishers who are sending in their kind words of condolences. They are commiserating with the bereaved family in this time of grief while praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

Burial Arrangements And Obituary

Burial arrangements for Mark Godale will be as announced by the family. Obituary, funeral and life celebration details will be released by the family and loved ones at their suitable time. We shall try to keep you updated on these.

In the meantime, the bottom of this page is a section made available for tributes for the deceased, prayers for the family and other persons mourning this death. Please use it respectfully and mind your choice of language. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Mark.

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