Every day there are stories in our papers about crime. Most of the time you read it, think it is shocking and then go onto the next story, but sometimes there is a story that you read that really hits close to home.
Yesterday on the front page of our local paper was one of those stories. This woman was running in a relay race (each leg 10km) when she was attacked, stabbed 3 times and robbed off her running shoes and watch! In the middle of the RACE, with people close by! Did I mention while running the RACE!!!!! The audacity and cheek! It was not as if the race was at night, it was not as if she was the only one around for miles, she had just been handed the baton about 800m back!
I suppose the reason this has hit close to home is because you seem to think you are some how safer while racing. No of course she would not have run along that road on her own, but you kind of feel protected in an organized event. You feel safer when there are people around! We live in one of the safer cities in South Africa, but when you hear of things like this you wonder?
It is very sad when stuff like this happens (or any attacks), it is sad when the last question your husband or boyfriend asks you when you go out running or cycling is if you have your pepper spray with you, it is very sad when pepper spray is a “great” birthday gift! But what good would the pepper spray actually do, are we just lulling ourselves into a false sense of security. I mean the story about crime in the local paper today – 3 security guards attacked and seriously injured!