Joan Gregg Passes Away


I met Joan on my first night on inline skates at the Metrodome in 2008.  She was one of the first skaters to engage me.  I recall her joyously retelling the tale of winning her age group and skating an hour and 45 minute marathon; she had the trophy with her.  At the time I wasn’t sure I could beat her, actually, I was pretty sure I couldn’t.  It was a pretty big motivator, not wanting to lose to Joan.  She was a Metrodome fixture in her pink Bonts.

Her Pioneer Press obituary simply reads: Born June 28, 1938, died peacefully on June 4, 2016. Joan was a marathon-winning in-line skater who loved cats and dogs, was active in her church, and earned over 40 years of sobriety. She was loved and will be missed.  All invited to a Service of Holy Burial at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Ave, St Paul MN, on Sunday June 19th at 7:45am. Memorials to Cerenity Care Center, – See more here.

Many skaters will be out of town this weekend for the Apostle Island Inline Marathon and unable to attend her memorial on Sunday, but I think she will understand.

Note she still has her Dome wheels on