2015 Volunteer of the Year: Jay Muller
Jay passed away Wednesday evening, 6 May 2015.
Jay grew up in Detroit, and after visiting his relatives in Germany, brought home his bride, Lene. He was always an active athlete, in speed skating, swimming, running, and biking. Jay rode seventeen 24-hour endurance events on Belle Isle.
On moving to Middleville, Jay was drawn to our event, the National 24-Hour Challenge, which originated in 1983. Jay painted our route arrows for 26 years, from 1989 through 2015. While tending the arrows on our three-loop, 155-mile course, he also filled potholes and suggested route improvements – Jay was always there for us.
Jay rode the N24HC for 15 of those years, setting a personal best of 355 miles in 1997. In 2014, at age 72, he rode 278.3 miles. He joined our Board of Directors in 2011.
Jay had planned to ride this year, but his training was brought to a halt by brain cancer. We will remember Jay as a fine gentleman and a devoted athlete. We are privileged to have known and worked with him.