Saturday, February 11, 2012

Running for Sherry

Along with many others around the country, my friends and I ran this morning in memory of Sherry Arnold. 

Since I heard what happened to Sherry I've gone through many emotions - hope for her safe return, followed by sorrow for her family and friends, as well as anger that there are people in this world who would do such things.  But today while we ran, I felt peace.  While in one way this run served as a reminder of the need to always be vigilant and aware while running, the show of support this run garnered also showed how amazing people are and how a collective effort can produce strong and meaningful results.  I hope that Sherry's friends and family were brought some measure of comfort in the footsteps of all who ran/walked/rode for Sherry today. 

Here are some pics of the morning.
Been, Kristin, Michelle, Me, Robin, Natalee and Michelle
Running for Sherry
Our friend Holly came with her cutie Henry and strolled a bit:

And our friend Doug was out running as well:


We just did a short out and back on the path for 3 miles.  Michelle, Robin and Kristin ran some miles before we got there as they needed to go longer than me and my gimpy foot would allow.
We ran into two other large groups while we were out who were running for Sherry as well -it was so awesome to see that!

My friend Anne who was running with another group.
All in all it was a great run with great company.  While obviously I wish the circumstance leading to the run never happened, it was uplifting to see the running community responding in such an impressive way.

When I got home I found these pictures from friends who couldn't run with us in my inbox:
Mike on the Wildwood trail in Forest Park. 
His caption: "A time to reflect for Sherry while on the trail".
Ed running by Green Lake Park, by Seattle

Heather, Margie and Clark the wonder dog
(complete with his own bib) on a 20 miler by Haag Lake
So thankful to all my friends everywhere for running this morning.  So thankful to Beth for hosting this run and giving us all something we felt we could do for Sherry and her family.   So thankful to be able to run to celebrate Sherry's life, and be a small part of putting some positive energy out there in the face of something so tragic.

12 comments:

fancy nancy said...

What a great group! So cool that you saw other groups running for Sherry too! Just speaks to the power of the run!

hiker mom said...

Wow, that is so amazing! Unfortunately I was on a plane while the run was happening, but I hope to do it sometime today even though I'm a little late.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I hear you on the emotional part. I get so choked up everytime I read someone's post or see it on the news.

Great pictures of your run today.

Jessica Washburn said...

Oh wow! That is just awesome! Brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

Jessica Washburn said...

Oh wow! That is just awesome! Brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

Kathy said...

My goodness, this just keeps getting better and better! I love that you came across other groups running for Sherry - makes me all misty!!

Michelle said...

It was awesome to run and see the support from people so far away. We run for health, well being and community...Sherry is a great loss to our community.

Laura said...

What a great turn out in your area, that's awesome! I was hoping to run into other groups here, but didn't see anyone. I'm sure there were others out somewhere... I really need to find a running group here to connect with, it would make these experiences even more powerful! But I also had a lot of peace during this run... it was a great opportunity to reflect on it all.

Jamie said...

Awesome job! I love that your friends sent you photos (also that dog is a wonder dog - 20 miles??!!)

My husband and I also ran for Sherry and we saw one other person wearing the bib. We didn't wear it because our printer was out of ink unfortunately, but we told her we were running for Sherry too!

On the Right Track said...

Oh my...i love your pictures!! so jealous that i couldn't run...but I just love seeing all of this and can't wait to get back on track!

so cool to run with all those people!

Thanks for your sweet comment...i really love your blog!

Julia said...

wow! you all had such a big group out...what a wonderful way to remember Sherry!

Lynette @ NetteOnHerWay said...

I like that awesome trail y'all were running on! Good job! I think it's awesome they sent you pics.

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