The Meyerhoffs had a strong foundation of support when tragedy struck their family.

A lot of it came from the track world and now those same people are going to have a Sally Meyerhoff Foundation to turn to in a time of need.

The family announced Saturday at the 71st Chandler Rotary Invitational that it has started the foundation as a way to help aspiring runners avoid the struggles that Sally endured.

"In the end Sally was doing fine, getting appearance fees and bike contracts, but for a long time in between her college days (at Duke) and getting comfortable as a pro it is a hard life," her father, Tom, said. "There are registration fees, travel costs, lodging and so many things you don't think of until you are far in debt.

"If we can help someone bridge that gap, then maybe we are keeping someone on the right course in their career instead of falling short because they just couldn't do it anymore financially. It is something Sally would love."

Meyerhoff, a Mountain Pointe graduate and coach, was killed at the age of 27 on March 8 in a bike accident while training in Maricopa.

The foundation is still in its beginning stages and donations are welcome.

For more information, go to http://sallymeyerhofffoundation.com

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com

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