I never knew Sherry Arnold. Over the past few weeks, though, the greater running community has gotten to know her and her tragic story.
Sherry’s disappearance and death last month has rocked the running community throughout the US and abroad to the core. Suddenly, the world was a little less safe and a lot more scary – not just for runners, but for everyone. Surely, these gruesome things don’t happen in small town America.
But, they do. And they did.
Those responsible for Sherry’s death have hearts filled with darkness. But, along with mourning death, we should also be celebrating a life well-lived. Sherry’s cousin and fellow blogger, Shut Up & Run, wants all the runners out there, including their family and friends, to celebrate Sherry by participating in the Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold on February 11th. I want you to participate, too! Click on the virtual run link and print out a bib to let everyone know that Sherry is on your mind and in your heart. If you’re not a runner, it’s ok – just do something active in Sherry’s memory. I will be running and wearing my bib proudly.
It’s unfortunate that it took something like this for us to put our guards back up and question our running routines. I can only urge you to be safe on the roads, be aware of your surroundings, and never, ever put yourself in harm’s way for the sake of getting those miles in. If you run in the dark, wear your headlamp, a reflective vest/clothing, turn the headphones low or leave them home, and always steer clear of shady situations. Bring your phone with you just in case. These are all easy fixes to your routine.
STAY SAFE AND BE AWARE.