“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” –Edith Wharton

On Saturday, groups of runners and walkers across the country (and beyond) will reflect the light in a race. It’s a virtual race to honor Montana mother, wife, teacher and runner Sherry Arnold, who went out for an early morning run and never came home. Two men have been arrested in her disappearance, but her body has not been found.
What happened to Sherry is one of my worst nightmares. I didn’t know her, but I think about Sherry and her family often when I run now. As a blogger, I do know Sherry’s cousin. Well, not really, but through the blog-world, I do.

Sherry’s cousin Beth Risdon is the author of the blog Shut Up and Run. She is holding the virtual race and has set up an account to collect funds for Sherry’s children.

Anyone anywhere can participate in the virtual race – runners, walkers, cyclists – just go to this post, print out and pin on a “race bib,” and get moving on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. C.S.T. (But it doesn’t really have to be at that exact time…or even on that day. That’s the beauty of a virtual race.)

A group of my running buddies in the Seattle area are planning to meet up in a special location to run for Sherry. I hope Beth’s virtual race helps bring some small comfort, some light, to Sherry Arnold’s family – knowing so many people will be thinking about her on Saturday morning.

Have you ever raced in honor of someone before?