Often heroes step into our lives and are rarely, if ever, noticed. These are the real heroes, not the made up media-hyped kind.
I am talking about everyday people who cross our paths and get little recognition for the difference they make. They don't get awards or accolades for what they do. Often, in fact, the only consideration they get is doing something because it is good to do. John York is this kind of hero.
Often John can be found near the recreation center helping someone prepare a bike for a group ride. Then he will lead the ride itself. His rides accommodate beginners and experienced alike. No rider is left behind and everyone can find the challenge they are wanting. Don't have a bike and want to ride? John is willing to help with that, too.
If he is not out on a bike, he can often be found in the recreation center working out in the weight room, pool or participating in a stationary exercise class. He is often the first called to fix the center's stationary bikes. He is always found with a smile on his face and an encouraging word.
Year to year he has helped women prepare for the Tri for the Cure triathlon held in Denver. Finding open water for swim workouts is a problem in our area. Always the problem solver, John launched his personal boat at Sweitzer Lake to ensure for safe open water workouts. His motto is inclusion and his slogan encouragement. He promotes health, fitness and comradery. He expects nothing in return. His reward is successful participation.
John York is a hero and makes Delta a better place.