A very tragic thing happened this week. Firefighter and paramedic, Eric Williams, was stuck by a bicyclist while running along the American River trail. I heard about it from another coach at Kaia on Tuesday. When I read about what happened it broke my heart, and I started crying. I am holding back tears as I type this now.
I don’t know this person, and I don’t know his family but like I have always said, the running community is strong here in Sacramento. It is a large community, but small at the same time. We all know someone who knows someone. If something happens to a fellow runner it is hard not to feel effected by it. I myself have been brushed by a cyclist as they pass, and even yelled at. Even though I stay on the correct side of the trail, I run on the dirt when a bike is coming and I don’t wear headphones when I am running so I am able to be more alert. On that same note, I have seen runners on the wrong side of the trail. I have seen them running 3 side-by-side as bikes pass and I have heard them yell at the cyclists too.
We all blame each other. The cyclists are too fast, they are assholes, they act like they own the roads….Runners are inconsiderate, they have headphones in and can’t hear you coming, the take up the trails….Instead of playing the blame game we need to take responsibility. We need to be respectful of one another. After all we are all out there to enjoy the trails, just one of the amazing offerings of Sacramento. Instead of being hateful and hurtful of one another, think about the fact that you probably have a lot in common with the people out there running and biking.
Say hi to one another as you pass by. Tell someone good morning, or afternoon. Wave to each other. What happened to Eric is a terrible thing. Maybe it could have been avoided, maybe not. Whatever the case, let me ask a favor of you: Please be mindful and respectful of one another, and be aware of your surroundings. My heart and all the positive thoughts in the world are going out to this family right now.
Thanks for reading. Have a good day friends.