It has been a while since I have posted…a few months, actually. Life gets busy and things get in the way and then something happens that makes you stop in your tracks and remind you be thankful for those who surround you. A group run, full of love and camaraderie, can stir up emotions and make me reflect on the life I have and how lucky I am to be surrounded by great folks who are working to make this world a better place in which to live.
On January 7, 2012, Sherry Arnold disappeared during her morning run and has not been seen since. Two men admitted to kidnapping and murdering her but as of February 6, 2012, her body had yet to be recovered. Sherry’s cousin, Beth, organized a virtual run to honor Sherry and to support the right to safe roads and trails. A popular running blog, Shut Up and Run, contributed to the virtual run going viral. This morning (February 11), at 9am, thousands of runners across the nation Ran for Sherry.
Meghan Hicks, a friend and local Park City runner, invited me, in conjunction with the local running store, ZB Sports, to help organize a local version. I didn’t do a very good job of reminding folks that Sherry was the reason for the run but when I saw the photo that was taken just prior, it hit me what a powerful thing we did this morning. A group of 17 folks came from Salt Lake City, American Fork, and Park City to honor the life of this woman and to rally around creating a safe place for us to work out. Just incredible. Thank you, to everyone who helped organize this event and who participated, for reminding me that our society is full of good, honorable people who support each other and look out for one another.