Posts tagged Sherry Arnold
Most everyone has heard about Sherry Arnold’s story. For those that haven’t, Sherry was an avid runner in Sidney, Montana who recently went missing while out on a run. Without going into all of the details here, 2 men have since been obtained and have acknowledged that they not only abducted Sherry but also murdered her. It’s a very sad story.
I think most runners, especially females, have had that fear enter their minds at one point or another as they’ve headed out for a run. No matter what precautions we take we are still vulnerable. However, we can back down and either not run or shut ourselves inside on a dreaded treadmill…or we can fight back. I’d like to choose the latter.
You see, well over a year ago I had several incidences that left me jarred. I continued to have moments on my runs where I felt vulnerable. There were men that would come out of nowhere during my runs and act suspiciously. Whether it was all in my head or actually happening is still up for debate. Either way, I found myself scared and settling for runs on the treadmill. Although I appreciate the option of a treadmill, it’s not my method of choice. Ultimately I overcame my fear and am back outside pounding pavement. I’m still overly cautious, but I’ve taken back my freedom. Now, more than ever, us runners need to claim this freedom.
Fellow runner/blogger Beth of Shut Up and Run, and also Sherry’s SIL, has organized a run in Sherry’s memory on Saturday February 11th. The cool thing, it’s virtual and can be completed anywhere. The point: no matter where you run/walk/bike, no matter how far you go, do it for Sherry. A Facebook page for the virtual run has also been setup.
Many people, including Heather and Kimi, have even taken it a step further to organize local events. Theirs is set to take place near Cleveland, Ohio and are inviting anyone interested to please join in.
So, are there any Northern Ohio runners/walkers who would like to join in? I’m working on adjusting my schedule so I can make it. Either way, you better believe that no matter where I run come this Saturday, it will be to honor Sherry.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)