Weekend Class Keeps Runners Safe

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This Sunday Fleet Feet Chicago will host Olympian and RunSafer founder Todd Williams for a runners self-defense class. Williams, who is also a jiujistu black belt will teach those in attendance how to stay safe during their run. The classes will be hosted at both the Old Town and South Loop store locations on Sunday.

Williams retired from competitive running in 2003 after competing in both the 1992 and ’96 Olympic Games in the 10,000m race. Additionally he has earned more than 20 running titles and finished 7th at the Chicago Marathon in 1999. After retiring Williams pursued his black belt in addition to selling specialty shoes. It was during those sales trips that he realized runners were not properly equipped to handle an attack while running.

Both classes will be one hour long and free for anyone to attend. The first class will be at the Old Town store at 11:30am while the second is at 6:30 in the South Loop. Williams will be covering his RunSafer program that he developed over a year ago and teach basic self-defense moves that can be used if attacked. The Olympian has toured the country showing runners, cyclists, athletes and people of all kind how to protect themselves while out on running paths. For more information on Williams, visit his website. To RSVP, click here.