Sioux Falls Women Run 19.3 Miles for Mollie
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Earlier this week authorities in Iowa announced they had found the body of Mollie Tibbetts and charged a man in her murder. She was missing for nearly a month, after going on a run in her home town of Brooklyn, Iowa. The tragic end to the Mollie Tibbetts investigation has created shock throughout the running community.
Our reporter Miranda Paige tells us how for some, running has now taken on more meaning.
Runners all over the nation are dedicating their miles to Mollie.
“There is just this spirit in the running community whether its in Sioux Falls or your small running group or even in the nation, especially with Iowa being so close that it hit all of us really hard,” said Organizer Carol Rosenthal.
Twelve Sioux Falls women were up before the sun Saturday to run 19.3 miles. That’s over 200 miles in Mollie’s name. For many, this will be the longest they’ve ever run, but they say it’s worth it because her story hits home.
“I have a 20-year-old daughter myself so I can’t imagine what her family is going through, but honestly it hits home for all of us. I mean we’re all somebody’s daughter,” said Runner, Shannon Coleman.
So they’re taking back their running by not letting what happened to Mollie stop them from doing what they love.
“We want to be in control and we don’t want to ever have to do this again because we should feel safe,” said Rosenthal.
“We cant be afraid we can’t let fear paralyze us we have to be the light in the darkness and let people know there’s more good than evil,” said Coleman.
“It’s to just stand up for women and say no more we shouldn’t have to fear for our lives more than men do when they’re out for a run,” said Runner, Taylor Ronke.
The runners are also sending a signed poster to Mollie’s parents.
“It’s a small small token for what they’re going through, but just to let them know the running community supports them and is thinking of them right now,” said Rosenthal.
They’ll continue to run, not just for Mollie, but for all the female runners who’ve become victims.
“We will not retreat inside. We will not stop doing this. We are going to continue to put in these miles,” said Ronke.
The women recommend runners join their facebook group “Sioux Falls Women Run.” There’s always someone willing to run with you for safety, so you’re not alone. Click here for more information.