Along with thousands of other Kansas City area residents, I laced up my shoes and went out for a run Friday morning.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
Kansas Citys runners men, women and plenty of youngsters, too have created a tight-knit community over the decades and are proud of it.
The runners participate in hundreds of charity runs a year, raising millions of dollars for local causes. They generally stay healthy, which is good for their employers and their families.
And runners know what to watch for when theyre out on the roads, such as distracted drivers and dogs.
But recently, runners all over the metro have heard from their spouses or other loved ones about another threat that simply shouldnt exist.
My warning came from my daughter on Twitter all the way from where shes working in Japan.
Scary. Watch out, she wrote.
She linked to this story about three teens charged with shooting and killing Christopher Lane, an Australian youngster who was out for a run late last week in Oklahoma. The cause? Reportedly one or more of the suspects were bored.
And while that despicable action has received lots of national attention, Kansas Citians already know of a similar incident from last year.
It occurred just a few miles from my east Kansas City home, when Raytown runner Harry Stone was shot and killed while out for a morning run. More than a year later, no one has been arrested.
My wife was the one who told me to be a lot more careful after that one.
In talking to runners since both these incidents, I dont sense a scared feeling or a greatly heightened sense of dread while going out for a run. That would be an extreme over-reaction.
But I do think this kind of incident does give us as runners and society in general a pause to reconsider just what kind of world we have created.