October 21, 2017

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we honor the recent and sudden passing of Mike Shafai, 47, a member of the Sparking Life Board of Directors.

In a short period of time Mike injected a vibrant energy and enthusiasm through his significant contributions to the Board and our organization. He was passionate about the Sparking Life mission and was in the process of building a local infrastructure in Colorado Springs. These efforts to provide a running-based support program for individuals entering rehabilitation for various addictions was designed to serve as a proof-of-concept model to be later scaled out across the country.

Professionally, Mike was a Vice President with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Colorado Springs, CO, and had been with the firm since 2002. He worked with families, corporations and non-profit organizations providing investment management, financial planning and corporate retirement solutions.

He said that he joined Sparking Life because he knew first-hand how running and other forms of cardiovascular exercise can help individuals overcome life’s little challenges and help them lead happy, successful and balanced lives.

In his spare time, Mike volunteered extensively with Colorado’s largest non-profit running organization, the Pikes Peak Road Runners. Through PPRR he led group runs, directed and timed races, and served on its Board of Directors, all in an effort to spread the word about the benefits of exercise.

He and his wife, Stephanie Wurtz, typically finished several marathons each season, and logged over 3,000 miles of running and cycling together in any given year.

Please read this article in the Colorado Springs Gazette to learn more about Mike’s life and impact on the community. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to pay their respects can make a donation via the Donate button to the Pikes Peak Road Runners.

Mike was a consummate ambassador for our cause, as well as a kind and generous soul. He was respected and admired by all those who knew him, and will be sorely missed. Sparking Life will seek to recognize the life of Mike Shafai at a point in the near future by creating a lasting tribute to his memory.

— The Sparking Life Board of Directors