Bill Nielsen's Story

Bill Nielsen was a runner who forged new ground, literally, in Lacombe where many, many hours were spent carving out trails in which he took great pride.  Always a determined, accomplished and inspiring athlete, in 2008 Bill achieved his goal of running 100 marathons, many under 3 hours, despite the onset of Parkinson’s disease in 2000.

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Bill was also inducted into the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame!





After a short but valiant battle, on April 25, 2014 and, with his sense of humor still intact, Bill succumbed to pancreatic cancer knowing he was loved by so very many. During his final days Bill stayed at the Red Deer Hospice Society where they provided physical, social, emotional and spiritual care.

The Red Deer Hospice Society commitment is to provide compassionate care so people can die in peace, comfort and dignity with support for them and their loved ones.

Bill was a big supporter of the Red Deer Hospice Society and what they do for families on a daily basis.  In his final days, he had reached out to several people in the running community, to ask that we "get off of our wallets" and support this wonderful organization.

In Bills memory, we ask you to join us in contributing to the Red Deer Hospice Society.