Wednesday, February 8, 2012

100 Seconds to Reflect

If you have a moment -  100 seconds to be exact – please watch this video/podcast done by Olympic runner, Carrie Tollefson, about the Virtual Run for Sherry.  In all of the chaos surrounding Sherry’s disappearance, I have been very good at stuffing down my grief about this tragedy and how it has devastated a family. My family. This podcast brought tears of reflection about the magnitude of what happened, and the power of this run we are all doing.

If you are “getting after it” by pinning on Sherry’s bib, you are part of a collective and massive movement for healing. You are part of an effort to expand goodness. You are sharing your despair, grief and anger with your community, which allows these feelings to resonate and to be validated. You are remembering Sherry by doing something she loved. You are the light edging out and defeating darkness. So, thank you.

SUAR

31 comments:

  1. I cannot wait for 2/11 to come around.

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  2. Let the healing commence... so glad you have put this together, Beth.

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  3. Our next No Boundaries Learn to Run program starts on 2/11 so I'll be out there with my bib honoring Sherry's memory!!

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  4. I haven't mentioned it yet, but from one runner to another, thanks for all the time and work you've put in to bring Sherry's tragic story to us along with a chance to do this run for her.

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  5. Saturday am I will be there..with everyone..on the pavement..

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  6. And I cried. Again. But what wonderful support and togetherness in the face of such a tragedy. Beth, you are in my thoughts and prayers daily

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  7. I bet Sherry can feel the effect that she is having in the running community. She has brought us all together.

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  8. I will be sporting Sherry's bib on the 11th. I am so so sorry for your loss.

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  9. We'll be doing a group run at the Jersey Shore for Sherry. Xoxo.

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  10. I'll be out there on Saturday! I just think this entire thing is amazing and I know Sherry will be watching from above!

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  11. Beth thank you for putting this together and giving us all the opportunity to share in honoring Sherry.

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  12. Beth I wish I could make it to Boulder to run with you, I can't, but I will go out for a run. My thoughts will be with all of you.

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  13. I don't have the bib, but will run in her honor!!!

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  14. I love this video! My husband and I will be running!

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  15. I'll be competing in a half marathon on Saturday - after each half, I donate to Tuesday's Children - I will include Sherry in my run on Saturday and write her name on my bib. May God give you strength.

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  16. I am encouraging my run group to join me 2/11 morning. We envision Memorial Park in Houston to be filled with runners with the bib!

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  17. We are happy to be a part of this! My Jobs for Montanas' Graduates class is promoting this run in our school, community and to all we can reach out to! What an awesome way to reach out! We will be passing out the bibs at our last home basketball game on Friday! God Bless all of Sherrys family and friends!

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  18. Four of my nephews (ages 4, 6, 7, and 7) will be running their first ever road race on the 11th - a one miler in Sherry's memory. I am mindful of the fact that their very first run will have such significance. We will be saying a prayer for Sherry and her family and friends (including you) before our run. Will post pics and blog about it...I have very mixed feelings because I am very excited (as are they) about their first race...but with a respectful attitude for Sherry. We will be running at the "Run for the Cookies" sponsored by the Girl Scouts in Tallahassee, FL, and will have extra bibs for others who have expressed an interest in running for Sherry.

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  19. Learned yesterdsay my Sweatheart Shuffle is actually 2/12! (Doh!) One of my goals this month is to do a 5 mile run so I'm going to do that this Saturday for the Virtual run. I'm getting after it!

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  20. That is great! I will be "getting after it!"

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  21. We will take our pup for her walk (I have a hip injury) around Amesbury, MA with our bibs this Saturday to honor Sherry.

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  22. My printer died so no bibs, but please know that 4 girls from IN will be running/walking in Sherry's memory this weekend while we're in FL.

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  23. What a touching video, thanks for sharing.

    I'll be running, see you Saturday!

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  24. I saw this yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes! What an honor to her memory!

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  25. Again, I'm so sorry your family had to go through this.

    I will not be able to run on Saturday...so I strong armed the only other mommy runner I know IRL to do it (sidenote: She read the story and was immediately on board. No strong arming necessary). She's not just any runner, either, so she's got a big group on a mission now. They'll be running in Zelienople, PA in Sherry's memory.

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  26. We'll be running here in Sidney on Sat. morning and I just had to tell you about my daughter's comment concerning how cold it's predicted to be here during that time. While neither of us actually knew Sherry, my daughter did have her as a volleyball referee a few times so we both knew who she was, and when I was trying to make sure my 12-yr-old would be ok out running with temp's likely to be in the negative, her reaction was that she was sure Sherry wasn't comfortable when all that happened to her, so if she (my daughter) wasn't comfortable during the run, well, that's just how it's going to be. I think the kids here are feeling this far more than any of us even know, Kim

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  27. AWESOME coverage. So ready to honor your cousin.

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  28. As a mother, a wife, a teacher and a runner, this strikes my very core. I'll be running twelve miles on Saturday. Each one will be for Sherry.
    -Running in Edmond, OK

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  29. I ran 7mi today for Sherry with a group of other female runners. Thanks for such inspiration.

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