As a female runner who most of the time runs solo, one of my greatest fears is going running and not coming home. On January 7, 2012 in Montana that fear was realized for a female runner. Sherry Arnold, 43, went for a run at 6:30 and never came home. All they found was her right Brooks running shoe. A week later through a tip to the FBI tip-line they got a tip for two men, sociopaths, who have admitted to killing her. She left behind a husband and two children.
As female runners, especially when we run long runs or run where there are few people, we are constantly vigilant for “bad people”, but sometimes vigilance isn’t enough…
Mrs. Arnold’s cousin, who has a fantastic blog Shut Up and Run, can far better describe what is going on tomorrow. Runners around the country are pinning Mrs. Arnold’s bib on at 9 AM MST (11 AM for you EST kids!) and dedicating their runs to her. I know I will be pinning on the bib and praying for 14 miles for peace and healing for the Arnolds. I keep thinking that this could have been any of my friends who run, could have been me.
If you are so moved, please consider doing the same. If you are not a runner, bike, walk, anything.
On this day, I am thankful for all the days I have been able to get out of bed, run and come home safely.
Until we meet again,