Women afraid to run KC trails? Unacceptable
The Kansas City Star
As a distance runner who races down KC area trails at all times of the day, I’m disgusted by the attacks several men have perpetuated on women in recent months on or near some of those trails.
Here’s the latest story, this one more positive because at least this guy is going to jail.
In preparing for Monday’s Boston Marathon, which I qualified for in 2011, I have been running often in recent weeks on the Trolley Track Trail south of the Country Club Plaza and the Little Blue Trace Trail in Independence.
And on three separate occasions in recent weeks, when I have mentioned to some of my female running friends that I often go on some training runs at night, they have simply said to me:
“I can’t do that.”
It’s a jarring reality for women that they have to even think about being alone on a trail at night.
For that matter, they also sometimes say they have to be careful during the day, which is when some of the recently reported incidents have occurred.
To be brutally honest, I don’t give running at night a second thought, and am outraged that women can’t have the same thought process.
Yet they can’t, and shouldn’t, it appears, given some of the problems women have had in the past with attackers.
I wish it were different. But I understand that my fellow female runners are being realistic, smart and savvy.
I know some can run in groups, at night and during the day.
But it’s still so unacceptable that a simple thing like distance running for women on KC’s trails can be so negatively affected by the few people out there wishing to do them harm.