The Second Annual Virtual Run for Sherry is approaching, and organizers hope that the event will flip a tragic story into an empowering event and powerful remembrance.
For those who don’t remember or didn’t hear the terrible story, Sherry Arnold was kidnapped and murdered on Jan. 7, 2012, while out for a run in Sidney, Mont., which lies on the far eastern reaches of the state. Two men are now in a Montana jail facing murder charges for the crime.
I was disturbed by the story when it first broke for a couple of reasons.
First, for 7 years, my family lived in Miles City, Mont., which is, in relative Western terms, just down the road from Sidney. Miles City and Sidney are both idyllic spots in rural America. Tragedies like this shouldn’t happen in small town America.
Second, this story illustrates how vulnerable runners can be. I’ve seldom been bothered while out for a run, but my wife runs, and I’ll admit that sometimes makes me nervous.
A commemorative virtual run in Sherry’s honor was arranged last year, and a second one is planned for Feb. 9 of this year. This year’s run is on my wife’s birthday, so I will definitely pause to think of Sherry and to offer a prayer for the safety of all runners.
For more on this story and the virtual run in Sherry’s honor, see this blog, which is operated by Sherry’s cousin.