Britt and her husband Ben Praker have been running and volunteering with DPMR since they first heard about the first Roller Coaster Half on Facebook.
Britt grew up in Colorado and especially loved the mountains. She told Ben, “the mountains are my healing place for all the treatment and pain.” Unfortunately, Britt knew too much pain in her battle against Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
And yet, she always brought her beautiful bright smile to the mountains and each DPMR event, even as many of these were squeezed in between brutal treatment cycles. The more demanding the run, the bigger her smile.
“She always commented how you guys ‘worked’ her and every run we did was challenging and that you guys always keep things safe and look out for everyone,” according to Ben.
Both Ben and Britt have volunteered at Castle Peak 100k as well. “Once at 25-mile mark Summit Lake. She had a blast but couldn’t carry much up the hill due to just having surgery,” Ben recounted, “the ladies we volunteered with made her laugh like crazy.”
In 2017, Ben volunteered at Van Norden. Britt was there, weak and a thin wafer of her former mountain self, but she forged that smile as bright as ever. She helped out as she could that day.
Britt was so motivated seeing all the dedicated runners at Castle Peak 100k, according to Ben. She told him, “Ben you should do this one.” And he fully plans to.
Britt moved Ben from the flat lands of Texas throughout the mountainous west before settling in their home in the Sierra foothills.
The two often made the two-hour drive to Truckee from Somerset, California (south of Pollock Pines.) Ben explained that Britt turned down an opportunity to work in Truckee in 2007, and that they had regretted the decision ever since. They made up for it by visiting often.
Together for more than 30 years, Britt and Ben share two daughters who both love all things outdoors. They will no doubt be long inspired by their mother’s passion for the mountains and trail running.
Britt ran many trail marathons and the Big Horn 50k, but the most inspirational may have been the Red Hot 30K in Moab the day after 25 radiation treatments.
She loved to run the Flume Trail. She also loved to paddleboard in Lake Tahoe, skate ski and snowshoe at Spooner Lake, Tahoe Donner and Tahoe Cross Country.
“Just know she will always be my hero because of the grace and bravery she had in the face of cancer,” says Ben, “she always had a smile even when I didn’t at times.”
It was Britt’s wish to raise awareness and research funds to fight the terrible type of cancer called Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Ben has set up a fundraising page to honor her inspirational spirit. Please click here to donate to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation on Britt’s behalf.
Meanwhile, expect to see Ben continue running DPMR events, “Britt will be with me in those mountains too.”
(Photos of Britt courtesy of Ben Praker.)