Run for Sherry

I am one of those people that tries to not think about all the bad things and people that are out there.  I am not naive about it, I know it exists, that bad things happen and I am cautious and safe.  I just try not to dwell on the bad and focus on the good instead.

But when Beth started posting about her missing cousin in January, my heart ached for her and it was not something I could just look over.  Incase you aren’t familiar with the story, Beth’s cousin Sherry set out on a run on January 7th and never returned.

This was an awful, scary reminder of the bad that exist in our world.  For someone’s life, one of our own runners, to be taken in the middle of what should be a harmless run, sends a jolt through the running community.

While Sherry will never get to run again, we can run for her.  Beth organized a virtual run in Sherry’s honor and it’s been amazing to watch the running community come together to celebrate the life of another runner.

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I had a recovery run on schedule for Sunday, so I set out my front door on my very well known local route, just like Sherry did that morning.  I pinned on my “Running for Sherry” bib and started running.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I would feel, but I knew I wanted to think about her during this run and make sure this run was dedicated to her.  I was surprised at how emotional I became over the course of 5 miles. 

Heartbreak for my friend Beth, who lost her cousin.
Sadness for Sherry’s family who never gets to see her again.
Pride for the running community I am so grateful to be a part of.

And pure simple grief for a women who was taken too early. 

I thought about our community of bloggers too.  That if I didn’t have a blog, I wouldn’t know Beth and probably wouldn’t know about this story.  While blogging seems silly and self-indulgent to some, it’s brought together a powerful, strong community of runners to band together in times like these and this is a perfect example of why it’s so amazing.

I was listening to my favorite playlist while thinking about her and one of my favorite songs “Closer to Love” by Mat Kearny came on.  These words stuck out to me:

She said she didn’t believe it could happen to me.  I guess we’re all one phone call from our knees.

I don’t ever want to believe it will happen to one of us, but sadly it does and it’s definitely a reminder of how fast things can change. 

Thank you Beth for spreading this story.  Thank you running community for showing what we are made of and that there really is more good than bad.  Thank for Sherry for reminding us all how precious life is. 

Don’t ever take one step or one second for granted. 

Never ever forget.

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10 Responses to Run for Sherry

  1. Robin Johnson February 13, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    It truely is just tragic what happened to Sherry. Why people do awful things has always baffled me. These men didn’t know her, just saw her and did something horrific without a thought in the world about her family. Just awful….this story has bothered me since the first day I read about it. There are no words that can be said to bring to life what this tragedy means to her family, friends and students. I really feel for her husband and children. They will never get to hug her or tell her they love her again. Tragic…

  2. Teacherwoman February 13, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    I am glad you were able to get out there, run for Sherry and her family, and post this. We all need reminders of how precious our lives are and to not take anything for granted. Sherry lived in ND for a long while and was a very close friend of a former co-worker of mine. I feel terrible for her family and everyone affected by this horrifying situation.

  3. Shut Up and Run February 13, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Beautiful, Aron. Thanks for posting this. There are so many levels of sadness to this story – one of them being that we really never know when things will turn on a dime. You summed it up perfectly.

  4. greengirlrunning February 13, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    I love how the running blogging community spread the word like wildfire, and ended up creating a powerful force of positive energy for Sherry and her family, and for all runners around the world! Great post :)

  5. Denise February 13, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    that was such a nice post. very true.

  6. Rena @ February 13, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    What a beautiful post! I am actually amazed by how the blogging community can unite under a single cause.

  7. katie February 13, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I saw tons of people out wearing Sherry bibs on Saturday morning, and I just thought, what a sad reason for the running community to pull together. :(

  8. marlene February 13, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Well said and a touching tribute, Aron.

  9. Kara February 13, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I was thinking the same thing the other day…if i didn’t blog, I probably wouldn’t have heard about this story, which is unbelievable. The lyrics from that song “I guess we’re all one phone call from our knees” really got to me – it’s so true (and terrifying!). I still have her and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Audrey February 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    This is so heartbreaking. When I first heard about this in January, I felt a mix of emotions, but mostly sadness. Be safe, everyone.

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