Sally Meyerhoff Dies: Marathon Runner Dead At 27

03/09/2011 05:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Champion marathon runner Sally Meyerhoff died suddenly Tuesday at 27 years old in a bicycle accident.

According to The Arizona Republic, Meyerhoff's bike collided with a pickup truck in Maricopa, Ariz.

The accident occurred at an intersection near the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway around 1:30 p.m. local time.

AOL News reports the Arizona native was a star runner in high school, All-American in college, and qualified for the Olympic trials after her very first marathon. She qualified in her second Olympic trials in 2010 after running the New York City Marathon.

Meyerhoff won the P.F. Chang's Rock'n'Roll Arizona Marathon in January with a time of 2:37:36. She was the first female to win the race, according to

Watch Meyerhoff speak after winning the Skirt Chaser 5k in Tempe:

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