Did you hear the story of Kelly Herron and her harrowing experience in a Seattle park on a Sunday afternoon run? She was training for a marathon, four miles into her run and stopped to use a public bathroom at which time she was brutally attacked. Unfortunately, as much as we would like to feel this is extreme, we are hearing more and more stories about women experiencing similar acts of violence, even right here in our own community.
The question that often arises is “How do we handle ourselves in these uncomfortable, dangerous situations?” Whether it be obnoxious cat calls, stalking, or outright aggression and violence, it is vital to know our resources and appropriate courses of action. Our goal with this blog series is to highlight not only the people affected and their personal experiences, but steps you can take to keep yourself safe while continuing to enjoy your routine outdoor activities.
Stay tuned to our upcoming posts over the next two weeks for stories from members of our community who have been personally impacted as well as tips from our local authorities on methods of self-defense and how to be proactive.
This blog post was submitted by contributors Maren Ernst and Carter Gronseth.
Maren Ernst has been a contributor to 605 Running Company for four years. When not working at the shop Maren enjoys riding her bike or motorcycle, painting, reading and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Carter Gronseth has been a contributor to 605 Running Company for three years. When she is not working at the shop Carter embraces a good lake day, spending quality time with family and friends and exploring new adventures.