David Torrence // November 26, 1985 – August 28, 2017
New York Road Runners mourns the death of professional runner David Torrence, who passed away at age 31 on Monday, August 28, in Scottsdale, AZ.
“Together with his family, friends, and the entire running community, New York Road Runners mourns the loss of David Torrence,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “David’s talent as an athlete was outmatched only by his warmth and personality.”
A dual citizen of Peru and the United States, Torrence held the American indoor 1000-meter record. He won the 5000-meter silver medal for the U.S. at the 2015 Pan American Games, and competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic 5000 meters for Peru, his mother’s home country, setting a Peruvian record of 13:23.20 with his 15th-place finish. He had personal best times of 3:52.01 for the mile and 3:33.23 for 1500 meters.
Torrence was to have run the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on September 10. He ran the race eight times in a row from 2008 to 2015, finishing third in 2011 in 3:52.4. He also finished fourth in 13:53 at the 2013 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K, a race held annually on the day before the TCS New York City Marathon.
Torrence was a standout track and cross country runner at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and at the University of California-Berkeley, where he broke four minutes in the mile and set a freshman record in the 1500 meters. As a professional athlete for the past nine years, Torrence was loved and respected in the running community and beyond for his kindness, sincerity, and genuine interest in others.
“We were looking forward to seeing David back in New York next week to compete in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile,” said Ciaccia. “Though he will be sorely missed at the start line, we will pay tribute to David’s memory on race day.”