Thursday, February 9, 2012

Request

As I was pounding away some tough hill miles on the treadmill today, I got to thinking about what I wanted to say prior to the moment of silence at the Virtual Run for Sherry on Saturday. As always, I do my best and most clear thinking while running. Admittedly, sometimes it’s deep thought and sometimes I’m making grocery lists and trying to get to the bathroom in time.

I have tried to keep this whole thing simple. Pick a day, pick a time, print a bib and GO. I’ve felt as though if this got too complicated the sentiment of the run would be lost. I never wanted to take anything away from Sherry by getting bogged down with details.

That being said, I have a request.

On Saturday, we are running to honor Sherry, her family, her town and our communities. If you have organized a run, consider doing a moment of silence before your run. Simply a brief time to completely STOP. To be together in silence. To think of a beautiful life cut tragically short, a family and community that grieves, and a larger, global community that reaches out in support, comfort and healing.

Thanks. None of this could have happened without you guys.

SUAR

44 comments:

  1. We will be running and thinking of your family here in Petaluma, CA on Saturday. ~Sue

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  2. A group of friends is getting together. We will have a moment of silence and prayer. Hugs.

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  3. Sure will do that. I will be running a solo 5 miles. I think of her often, even though I never knew her, and don't "know" you.

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  4. In Miami, we are running our 10K in her honor.

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  5. Doing it by the bay…holding her in our thoughts and sending out love and strength. Peace be with us all.

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  6. done! Every mile run, every breath taken, will all be for Sherry. She will not leave my mind for one moment. I find myself dedicating every run since the devastating news to her.

    Love and Peace.

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  7. Will do. Running 10 miles Saturday in her honor.

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  8. For sure...and we will pray as well! Thank you for putting this together. We are making a positive difference with all of this...evil will not WIN!

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  9. We have a group getting together here in So Cal...count on us to pray and have a moment of silence as well. We're dedicating our morning and our miles to Sherry.

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  10. Will do. Sounds like a wonderful idea to focus us all on the reason we are running Saturday.

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  11. I'll be running alone on Saturday so will definitely have moment of silence for Sherry...will keep her in my thoughts all the way!

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  12. i'm running alone but you bet i will do a moment of silence before i start. wouldn't miss this for the world.

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  13. I have printed the bib. Not sure if I'm running with anyone yet, but maybe. I will do the minute of silence, and send you a photo after.

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  14. I'll be pushing my 5-year old daughter in a jogging stroller for the first time ever. Every step will be spent thinking of Sherry.

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  15. Absolutely. She has been in my heart and on my mind with each run I set out on.

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  16. Running alone but know I will not be alone! Will have a crowd of people around me in spirit all running for one reason and that's to let the world know that sherry may not be with us in the physical sence but she will be with us all in a spiritual sence! What an amazing thing to know that people all around the world will be running at the same time for such a great and sad reason!

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  17. Did Sherry have a favorite song(s)? Would like to add something to honor her to my playlist for Saturday's race.

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  18. I will be running for Sherry for sure that morning. I think of her often and I never knew her. I live in a small town in the country and run on my gravel roads and county roads and this tragity really hit home for me. I will take a moment for her for sure! This is an amazing tribute you are doing for her.

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  19. Will do in Edwardsville, IL.

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  20. I will be running in Provo, Utah with my mountain group. We'll be having prayer and words for Sherry. I can't think of a better way to spend my Saturday morning.

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  21. My husband and I are running together and we have been talking about Sherry and the whole very sad situation since we first heard about it. I don't think we will ever forget her.

    And yes, a moment of silence before we run is the least we can do. Bless you, Beth.

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  22. I'll be running the Holiday Lake 50K on Saturday. I'll definitely do a moment of silence in honor of Sherry - and think of her throughout the day on trail. Thank you again for this amazing demonstration of love for your cousin and for awareness for women everywhere.

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  23. I think that's a great idea and I'm sure most people will be doing that anyways :) so you can rest assured xoxox

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  24. in Minnesota, running 10 miles in her Sherry's honor

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  25. Thinking of Sherry as the girls and I run together Saturday

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  26. I will be running 6 miles Saturday. I will indeed have sherry and her family in my thoughts.

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  27. in Seattle, wearing the bib, will be running in Sherry's honor, thinking of her family...

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  28. I will be alone for my run for Sherri on Saturday. I will honor Sherri with a moment of silence. After that, the crashing of the waves will become the pounding of my footsteps. Thanks to you, SUAR, we will move the earth and create one joyful noise together.

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  29. Dear Beth,
    My friend and I will be running tomorrow in Houston Tx, and will be wearing our bibs in memory of Sherry. Our thoughts are with you and all of the family.
    We have words we often say as we run, especially when its hard going, "one step in front of the other, the world keeps turning" - this will definitely be so when the world is running in honor or Sherry on Saturday. Your love for your family has made this possible Beth, I am quite in awe of you, your strength and life energy! When I run I think of you and Sherry often.
    Take care - Nix, Houston, TX

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  30. I'll be running solo in CT. It's supposed to be snowing but I'll still be out there running in Sherry's honor.

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  31. I will be on my own after a morning ride, but I will honour her with a moment of silence. I have a rock in my stomach just thinking about it.

    My heart will be with you tomorrow.

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  32. 16 on tap for her my friend!!!!!!!!! ((HUGS))

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  33. Doing a 21km run early Saturday morning and will certainly do so. Thinking about all of you. Stay strong.

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  34. Will do. My "run" for Sherry will be on a bike in Tucson, Az

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  35. Ever since I read about Sherry and the devasting news I have thought about her each time I have gone for a run.

    I think running is the best time to reflect.

    I can't run for her tomorrow. But during my 4 miles today i will be thinking of her the whole way.

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  36. We have over 100 people pre-registered for the run/walk for Sherry in her hometown of Sidney. MT.. we will be doing a balloon release at 10:30 mst and will be observing a moment of silence at that time. Thank you Beth for starting this!! We are humbled and blessed by the response this has gotten.

    We are posting a map of all the states that are doing an event.. Have you heard from anyone in the following states: Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Mississippi.. Thanks!

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  37. My husband and I are doing s 5k with a Church Missions fundraiser...we will pray, have a moment of silence and be thinking of Sherry and all her friends and family. And dressed warm due to below zero windchills but nothing will stop me.
    Thanks for all you do for us and others.

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  38. My husband and I are doing s 5k with a Church Missions fundraiser...we will pray, have a moment of silence and be thinking of Sherry and all her friends and family. And dressed warm due to below zero windchills but nothing will stop me.
    Thanks for all you do for us and others.

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  39. I will be running in Rolla North Dakota thinking of Sherry and her family.
    A moment of silence before the run and many prayers during.

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  40. Will definitely do this (and I just made a donation too). My deepest condolences to Sherry's family and friends. I often think ( and talk with) my husband on my runs (he passed away from cancer almost 1 year ago). But today, I will take a moment to remember Sherry and think of her family and friends.

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