Tuesday, February 7, 2012

From Tulsa to Thailand–It’s All About Sherry

The momentum for the Virtual Run for Sherry is raging and powerful. That this has “taken on a life of its own” would be an understatement, but I’ll say it anyway.

This has taken on a life of its own!

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I continue to get emails about people planning to run around the nation and around the world. From Tulsa to Thailand, from Egypt to Evanston. The donations have steadily been coming in for Sherry’s children, and your generosity is remarkable and humbling.

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Perhaps the most powerful and touching news has come out of Sidney, Montana – Sherry’s home town. Last night I got an email from a friend of Sherry’s. There is a run/walk scheduled for Saturday morning starting at the high school where Sherry taught. Sherry’s husband, Gary, and a few of Sherry’s close friends will be leading the pack. Everyone will run/walk holding a balloon, and after the run all balloons will be released simultaneously from the football stadium.

There is an All-Class wrestling tournament in Billings, Montana, that day. Mothers of the wrestlers will be walking in between matches, and the wrestlers will be wearing Sherry’s bib during their warm ups.

Print your bib HERE

Sherry’s friend ended the email by writing, “Thank you so much for this idea and spreading the word to the world. As we approach tomorrow, a month has gone by and I still think most of us want to wake up every morning and find out there has been a miracle and she has been found.  The fellowship we will all feel on Saturday worldwide will be a such a healing step for all of us.”

Sherry’s aunt in North Dakota has had some bracelets made in honor of Sherry. She sent me about 50 of them. I will give them out to whoever wants one on Saturday at the Boulder run (as long as supplies last!).

 

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As a point of reference, Psalm 46:1 reads: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Local Virtual Run in Longmont/Boulder:

  • Meet at Coot Lake (west side of the Boulder Reservoir, behind IBM on 63rd St) at 9:00 a.m.
  • Bring friends, family members, your pet pig, whoever!
  • We’ll like to start with a moment of silence for Sherry and her family, then start the run/walk together.
  • Feel free to  go as far as you’d like and to fart if you want.
  • We’ll start by making our way around the Reservoir heading south. My guess is most people will go around the reservoir, which is about a five mile loop. If you are bringing your kids with you, like I am, you may choose to go out a mile then turn around. Whatever works for you!

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The Runner’s Edge of the Rockies running group in Denver is also holding a run. I will post exact details on this tomorrow.

Favor: If you are planning to attend the Boulder run on Saturday, can you let me know either in the comments or by email: beth@shutupandrun.net. Thanks.

SUAR

71 comments:

  1. I will be running in Sherry's honor this Saturday. I am in Chantilly, VA (near Dulles Airport).

    Peace to you and yours.

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  2. Christina - my husband grew up in Chantilly and went to CHS. I'll let him know you'll be running there!

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  3. I will be running in Murfreesboro, TN and am encouraging my running groups to do the same!

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  4. I'll be running for Sherry this Saturday at my 'running school' in Sacramento, CA. Always keeping Sherry in my thoughts....Amy Gucci

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  5. Truly amazing how far this is reaching - THIS is the good in humanity!

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  6. We have a group running on Friday night here! Im proud to be a part of this, althrough like everyone else, I wish there wasnt a need. However I get chills reading about all the people who are coming together in her honor. One more way the running community amazes me....we lost one of our own, and instead of being in fear, we will run on her behalf. Very proud to run for Sherry!!

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  7. I'll be running for Sherry in Northeast Wisconsin.

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  8. i'll be running for Sherri on Saturday in Boston!

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  9. My husband, neighbor and I will be running 12 miles on Saturday in honor of Sherry!

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  10. The Denver Distance Divas will be running for Sherry out of Greenwood Village! I will be sure to send a group photo.

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  11. I will be running on Saturday in honor of Sherry in Kokomo, Indiana.

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  12. I'm trying to get a couple of my friends to run with me Saturday. But, either way I'll be running after work for Sherry, proudly wearing my bib!

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  13. We'll be running Smithtown,New York. Already a group of 10!

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  14. Running somewhere near SanFrancisco in her honor :)

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  15. I will be running in St. Paul Island, Alaska. It will be an 8-miler for one, but I am proud to devote all eight of them for Sherry.

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  16. My local Y has changed there 5k to honor Sherry. Were hoping for a record turnout.

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  17. I'll be running for Sherry and her family in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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  18. I will be running in Orlando, FL this Saturday.

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  19. I will be running for Sherryon Saturday in Bethlehem, PA. God Bless!

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  20. Running for Sherry in Rhode Island!

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  21. Our group will be running in Albany NY in Sherry's honor.

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  22. I will be at Coot Lake! What time does it start?

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  23. I will be running for Sherry in Minnesota.

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  24. I will be running in Farmington, Mn. I would like to buy a bracelet and would like to pay to have it shipped to me.

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  25. I had a running partner for almost 10 years. He taught me everything he knew about running and then one day said, "I can't run with you anymore, you've gotten too fast for me." No matter how much I promised to slow down, he would not run with me. This week I contacted him via email and told him about this run for Sherry and asked him once again if he would run with me please. For Sherry. He agreed! We will be running together for the first time in a couple years on Saturday morning in Waterford, CT. As much as the "why" we're running hurts me, I am so happy to be doing this with my running mentor, who by the way is now 85 years old.

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  26. I'll be running for Sherry in Austin, Texas. I've told my running group about the race (a lot of us are training for the Austin Marathon - it's the following weekend) and have a bunch of friends in Florida running too.

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  27. My running buddie Karen and I will be running in Seattle WA on saturday in honor of Sherry...RIP!

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  28. V. Tank: email me at beth@shutupandrun.net about the bracelet!

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  29. Hi Beth, My running buddies and I will be running 22 miles in honor of Sherry on Saturday morning, bibs and all. We are in Reston, VA (just outside DC). I will take pictures and send them to you!

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  30. I will be running for Sherry in Woodbridge, VA. I'm training for my first half marathon in March and have 13 miles ahead of me on Saturday... I will be wearing my bib and thinking about Sherry and you and your family, every step of the way.

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  31. I know the BRC Littleton group is going to run wearing your bibs as wel as the BRC in Englewood. I wish I could come but not going to make it...I will be heading up the group at the Littleton store though :).

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  32. Hi Beth,

    I had to LOL when I read comment about Fart if you want too! That is something Sher would have said for sure! Sher and I lived together in Minot and she truly was my best friend! My heart is sad everyday that she in not in my life any more. I am in Denver visiting my daughter (who lived with Sher too) and we are coming to the run/walk on Saturday. Please please save three bracelets for us! I am so looking forward to meeting you! Mary Axtmann Kynett

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  33. There is a group of about 15 of us getting together and running in Bozeman, MT! I grew up in Sidney and she was our volleyball coach in High School. It has completely rocked the little community. :( Here's to Sherry and her family and may they find peace.

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  34. I'm going to run but I'd like to know...is Coot Lake covered in snow or mud? That might make my decision on whether I run here in Denver or come to Coot Lake. But my heart will be there!

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  35. I am in New Zealand and on Saturday I have a half mary. Safe to say I will be wearing my second bib with pride as I run for Sherry :)

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  36. I will be running for Sherry at 7:30 am Central time in Joliet, IL.

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  37. I will be running Saturday morning in Atlanta, GA. I'll be working late the night before, so I'll definitely be running at 9:00 MST (11:00 EST).

    Thanks again, Beth. For me, this is a run for Sherry and all people I feel have suffered unjustly. It's a run, as you have said in your recent posts, to prove how much goodness and love is still out there.

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  38. I will be running in Danville, KY for Sherry! Everyday I pray that she is found so your family may finally have peace

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  39. I'll be running on Saturday morning with two friends, we live in Syracuse, NY. I posted about Sherry on my facebook page, wrote about the race on my blog today, tweeted, and emailed the owner of our local Fleet Feet about the race.

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  40. Tess - not sure b/c I haven't been out there this week. My guess is that the path will be clear but that the ground will be very hard/frozen, not muddy. There might be icy spots.

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  41. My husband and I will be at Coot Lake. He will run. I will walk and hopefully run some (damn breathing issues). See you there!

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  42. My friend Diane and I are are organizing a run in Sherry's honor in upstate NY Saturday at 10 A.M. We hope to have at least 10 of us.

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  43. We are holding an event in Libby, MT as well 9:00 am at the Mac athletic club... we are all looking forward to doing this for Sherry :)

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  44. I will be there. Kate and Brian might come too. We have to go at 8:00, but we'll meet back at the start at 9:00. See you there!

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  45. I will be in Chamerlain, SD with a group of teachers and I'll see who I can talk into joining me for my morning run for Sherry!

    What a great way to remember and bring awareness so that this can be prevented in the future!

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  46. I'll be running in Columbus, Ohio!

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  47. I'm running a 5k in North Branch, Minnesota and am dedicating it to Sherry. I just printed my bib.

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  48. I'll be running for Sherry in Waunakee, WI (near Madison).
    -Meeghan

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  49. Sherry was a fun, kind, smart, and caring friend and classmate of mine while growing up in Sidney, MT. This has been a heartbreaking time, but am so glad this run has been organized to draw people together in support of her family. Will be running with friends in her honor in Bozeman, MT. Some friends will be skiing with their bibs on, too!

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  50. I'll be running with members from my running group, in honor of Sherry, in Marin, Ca.

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  51. I will be running in Stamford Connecticut, with my friend we are both Irish. I will bring a balloon also in honor or Sherry

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  52. We have a group running in Portland, OR this Saturday! And others who can't join us are running in various parts of the state in honor of Sherry as well.

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  53. I'm running the Valentine's Day Twin Cities 5k on Saturday morning and will be wearing my bib to honor Sherry.

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  54. I'll be running Saturday in SW PA. What an amazing thing, this ocean of caring you have help create. I'm sure to those who knew her, it still pales in comparasion to the loving person Sherry was. God bless you all!

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  55. Solidarity doesn't stop at borders - I'll run in honor of Sherry in Switzerland.

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  56. I'll be running in Sherry's honor Saturday in Louisiana. (:

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  57. Running in her memory from Charlotte, NC on Saturday...

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  58. I will be running in honour of Sherry in St. John's, Newfoundland Canada

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  59. Running for Sherry in Edmond, OK

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  60. there's a huge group running for Sherry in Billings MT. I grew up in Sidney and Sherry was my favorite math teacher - way back in the 7th grade. :)

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  61. I am from Sidney, Montana,and am wintering in Yuma, Arizona. I have organized a "WALK" in Rivers Edge R.V. Park, where the outpouring of love has prevailed for this wonderful family and their daughter Sherry.Most of us are Seniors, so shall walk instead of running, but our thoughts and prayers and the Bibs we will be wearing will show our support. We pray for closure for Gary and Family, Rhonda, and Ron and Sharon.Your friend, Sharron B.

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  62. I will be running in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Saturday, after the Mardi Gras parade.

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  63. I will be running 10 miles on Sat morning in Denver with my running group (with the Sherry bib on). I have shared this link with a bunch of my running friends! My heart goes out to Sherry's family and friends.

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  64. I'm a friend and classmate of Sher's and will be walking with a group of family and friends in Centennial, CO but my heart will be with her family and my hometown. Thank you for putting this together - it helps.

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  65. I'm a race director and we already had a trailrunning race planned for the same day so we have printed out Sherry's bibs for anyone wanting to wear one during our race. We also have posted the link to her story so people can read more about her and make a donation there and we will have that available on race day too. There hasn't been a day that's passed that I haven't thought of Sherry. So glad we'll have people all over the trails out here who will be running for Sherry. xo

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  66. I'm a race director and we already had a trailrunning race planned for the same day so we have printed out Sherry's bibs for anyone wanting to wear one during our race. We also have posted the link to her story so people can read more about her and make a donation there and we will have that available on race day too. There hasn't been a day that's passed that I haven't thought of Sherry. So glad we'll have people all over the trails out here who will be running for Sherry. xo

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  67. This is beautiful Beth. I will be running on Saturday alone but I will be thinking of and running for Sherry. I was gone on vacation when you posted all of this...otherwise, I would have organized a small run here. Love to you and your family BEth.

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  68. Running with my pal Lisa tomorrow in Cedar Rapids, IA to honor Sherry!

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  69. We all ran for Sherry at a 5k in Onalaska, WI this morning - blue bibbs everywhere. I'll have Sherry in my thoughts for many runs to come...

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  70. I ran for Sherry today, through the trails by my house and focused on just enjoying my time. My heart goes out to you and yours.

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