Mourners honor athlete who died in 'mud run'




Posted on April 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 28 at 9:27 PM

DALLAS — More than 200 people gathered at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Dallas Saturday to celebrate the life of Tony Weathers. But they are still trying to answer one question: Why did he die?

Weathers was last seen alive as he participated in the "Original Mud Run" in Fort Worth two weeks ago.

His boot camp buddies attended the services. They wore red ribbons in his honor.

"When we are doing the relay, he's on one end and I'm on the other end," said friend Terry Renfrow. "We are running against each other, so to look over there and not see him smiling, nodding his head that he's going to get me...  it's going to be hard. "

It's difficult to understand the loss.

Weathers —  described as an athlete in great physical shape — participated in the competitive division of the obstacle race along the Trinity River. He went into the river, but never crossed the finish line.

The body of the 30-year-old was found a day later in the river.

Lynetta Moore, a boot camp trainer, met Weathers at one of her sessions more than two years ago. She called him a leader and an inspiration.

"His character was a very humbling spirit," Moore said. "He had so many talents. The one that stood out was, of course, his athleticism,  because it's something you can visually see. But people didn't know he could sing or that he knew about martial arts."

Moore canceled classes after Weathers' death. She'll go back to work on Wednesday.

"When we come back, it's going to be so different," Moore said."It hit us hard in here, but it's going to hit us even harder when we get back into the gym and he's not there."

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, but the agency is waiting for toxicology results before ruling on a cause of death.