Beloved in Denver’s running community, Parthenia Jones, 60, was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in 2011 for her tireless work at hundreds of road races over three decades.
“She has the heart of a lion,” said Creigh Kelley, a close friend for 30 years. “Her love just radiates. There’s not a person she hasn’t loved, and hasn’t loved her back. How could you not fall in love with her?”
Now, Jones needs all the love she can get. She is fighting a battle with cancer, and the cancer appears to be winning. Nevertheless, she shines with a peace that comforts those who worry about her.
“I can’t say I’m going to beat this,” Jones said. “It’s up to God. It’s his will, and he has a plan. I live for him every day. He’s the head of my life. Everything else is after that.”
Creigh Kelley (pronounced “Cree”) has been a competitor, agent, race director, national consultant, and elected leader in the national and international running community for 30 years. Since moving to Denver in 1978, he has represented elite athletes as an agent and put on more than 1,000 races across the country. He is President of BKB Limited, which has managed, produced and directly assisted with over 1,000 recreation special events throughout the nation. He has been an integral part of the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon since its inaugural race in 2006, and has been the Race Director since 2008. Creigh has been running since his sophomore year in high school and ran college track at Virginia Military Institute.