Drivers hostile toward runners are often women

Monday , May 14, 2012 - 1:39 PM

Cherie H. Gilmore

Editor,

I must respond to the letter of May 12, "Runnerson narrow roads createhazards." Aside from the amusing fact that she compared "running" the sea-level flatlands of Ohio to the high-altitude environment of Utah, her letter was just mean. I don't run Ogden Canyon, but she has no right to hate those who do.

I do run on very wide streets, in neighborhoods with clearly-posted 25 m.p.h. speed limits. I cannot tell you how many times I have narrowly escaped death at the hands of discourteous, distracted or maybe even deliberately mean drivers. I run against traffic and make eye contact with these people, so I can tell you a little about them. They are invariably middle-aged women, usually overweight, and always glaring. The men, teenagers, and younger women drivers smile, wave and move over. This causes me to wonder. Since I am in no way hindering their route -- unless they're more comfortable on the shoulder -- why are the women so angry? I'll probably never know, and it probably won't keep me from running. Unless they improve their aim.

Cherie H. Gilmore

Ogden

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