February 13, 2012

My Run for Sherry

Saturday was the Virtual Run for Sherry.

I wrote about Sherry before. She was a wife, a mother, a teacher, a friend, and a runner. She went for a run one morning and never came home. She was 43 years old. Her body still hasn't been found. Two men are in custody and I believe one has admitted to killing her. She was abducted one mile from her home in Montana, 10 minutes into her run.

On Saturday a world-wide virtual run was created to honor her memory. Bibs were available to print out, and people were encouraged to run, walk, skate, just MOVE---all in honor of Sherry. I read that over 20,000 bibs were downloaded and printed. People from all over the world ran in her memory. You can view just a sampling from this video her cousin Beth posted on her website.

I ran for Sherry on Saturday. My husband and son were in Colorado skiing, so it was just me and my daughter, A. I have never run with her before, even though I have a jogging stroller. I considered putting my bib on and heading to the gym, where I could stow A in the daycare and I could run on the treadmill. But that didn't feel right. Instead, I put A in the jogging stroller and set out to do 2 miles.

A took this picture of me on my phone. Not bad for a 5 year old!

It was hard pushing the stroller while running, and it wasn't my best run, but this wasn't about me. It was about Sherry. It was about appreciating that I could run, that I am alive, to not take it for granted. It was about running for someone who can't. I still can't fathom being killed while doing something you love. This could be me. It could be anyone.

I stopped along the way to pick up trash--since I had a basket in the bottom of the stroller, I had a place to throw the empty Gatorade and vodka bottles I found in the grass. But other than those stops, it was a quiet, pensive run. I didn't bring music with me, as I wanted to be able to hear A if she talked to me. (By the way, she LOVED "running" with me; too bad pushing the stroller was so hard that I'm unlikely to do it often). I thought about Sherry those entire two miles.

I hope that this world-wide run gave some comfort to Sherry's family. I know for me, it made me feel more a part of my fabulous running community than ever--and made me feel part of something bigger than me.


  1. Good for you! And how wonderful that you shared the time with your daughter.

  2. That's really sweet of you to do that for Sherry. I've seen a lot of runners dedicate their races to her. It's such a sad situation!

  3. What a beautiful way to honor her memory. I'm so glad you took A for the run, as I'm sure it was much more meaningful that way.


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