The Iowa female running community has come together in the aftermath of the loss of one of their own. Mollie Tibbett, 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was attacked and killed on a solo run on July 18. Since then, other runners have proved that they will not allow such an attack to affect their behavior. The hashtag #MilesforMollie has united female joggers in the area to prove that the attack will not prevent them from continuing to run. They dedicate their runs to Mollie’s memory, and the shared online community helps boost the runners’ confidence after such a shocking event. Instead of feeling scared and isolated, the community has united and become stronger as a result.
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Here is the official Facebook page that’s heading up the movement if you’d like to find out more about it.
Do news stories such as this one affect how you go about your daily life? Think about how the fear of violence against women may or may not influence and restrict your daily actions.
Have a scroll through #MilesforMollie to see the women not letting such attacks dampen their spirits, and get involved if you’re a runner yourself, wherever you are in the world.