The running world will come together on Friday May 8th for a virtual run to celebrate and honor the life of Ahmaud Arbery, who was reportedly shot during a run on February 23rd.
According to a Glynn County Police, the 25-year-old black man ran near Brunswick, Georgia when a father and son, both armed, chased him and thought he looked like a suspect in a row of burglaries. A video of the shootout was released on May 6, making the story public, and the prosecutor announced plans to convene a large jury. A day later, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested the two men, both of whom were charged with murder and aggravated assault, and was detained.
Rogelio Quintanar, a local runner, contacted the organizers of a GoFundMe page for Arbery's family with the idea of running a virtual run in Arbery's honor. The run, which has now attracted worldwide attention, takes place on the occasion of Arbery's 26th birthday.
"[Arbery] loved running," said Jason Vaugn, Arbery's high school soccer coach and one of the organizers of the run, Runner & # 39; s World . "He loved it. It cleared his mind and helped him understand the world. Unless it was raining, he ran. “
For the run, organizers are asking runners around the world to use 2.23 miles ̵
“We call runners across the nation and around the world to find your favorite route, area, park, and treadmill wherever you do your routine, and come together and dedicate 2.23 miles to Ahmaud Of your training and post a video, photo or message with the hashtag, ”says Vaugn. "When we get them all, we want to show his mother and family that there is positive support from around the world."