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While running is oftentimes an individual sport, the running community seems to me to be more important now than ever before. Even as we have to run our races individually or with small groups of people, we recognize that we are a part of something bigger. When everything around us seems fractured and broken and confusing and weird, we can always count on the running community. This felt especially true for me on June 3rd (aka Global Running Day). As part of a worldwide celebration of running, I signed up for a 30-min time slot from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Even though I am 2 hours from Chicago, I was running as a representative for the Windy City. At 10:30 am I got an email from someone I will probably never meet saying, “Officially passing the baton! Have a great run, happy global running day!!” And with that, I was off.
But on this run and on this day, when I should have been celebrating running, the running community, and my love for the sport, I instead felt heavy. Heavy over the loss of Breonna Taylor. Heavy over the recent loss of George Floyd. And especially heavy over the loss of Ahmaud Arbery. As I ran that day, I thought of Ahmaud and how he was senselessly murdered while out jogging. I am a white, 6’6″ male that has never had to worry about losing my life while out jogging. And that’s not fair. But now is the time to do something about it. As a running community, we have to come together. We have to become allies for people of color. We have to stand up for one another. An act like this can never be allowed to happen again. And even though my races for the year may be cancelled, I look forward to the day when I will be on the starting line with people from all nationalities, countries, ethnicities, and races.