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So sad.


Last weekend Facebook and Twitter blew up with the news of a Montana woman who never returned from her early morning run. She was a wife, a mother, a teacher, a coach, and a cancer survivor. She was just like you and just like me. And suddenly she was gone–vanished into thin air. Thousands showed up from her small city to find her. The National Guard and the FBI soon joined in the search. The only thing that was found was a single sneaker.

Beth, the author of the very humorous blog Shut Up + Run, is Sherry’s cousin and she would post the latest news while expressing her anguish, her sadness, her helplessness. The national news picked up the story and social media outlets spread the story as fast and as far as they could. Authorities felt that Sherry’s disappearance could be an abduction and she was added to the FBI Missing Persons list which gave everyone hope. Hopefully she was still alive and still fighting, and hopefully she would be home soon. 

But Beth just posted the awful news: Sherry is gone.

One man has been taken into custody and another man taken in for questioning. A press conference is scheduled for 3:00 PM. A tragic end to a beautiful, bright life.

I don’t know Sherry but I am heartbroken over her death. Because she is one of us. This could have been any one of us. This was senseless and needless and just pure evil that she was taken from this Earth.

I beg all my friends and family and blog readers to be careful when you are out there running. Find a buddy or a group to go out with. If you do run solo, be aware of your surroundings and avoid desolate areas. Leave the iPod at home if it is dark and when you do run with headphones, turn the volume down low. Tell someone where you will be running before you leave. Bring your cell phone. Carry pepper spray. If something feels “off” get help, go home, scream long and scream loud.

Please, please be safe.

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  1. 01/13/2012 2:45 PM

    This is so sad. It makes you feel like you’re never really safe where ever you are. I read somewhere a while ago that if you’re in trouble you will attract more attention and get more help if you yell “fire” rather than “help.” When people hear “help” they tend to run the opposite direction, but hearing “fire” tend to bring them towards you.

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