Montclairians joined runners nationwide to honor the life of Ahmaud Arbery, chased and fatally shot while out jogging February 23. A video released on May 6 led to the public outcry which brought the arrest of Gregory and Travis McMichael.
#IRunWithMaud, started by Akeem Baker, a good friend to Arbery, and by Jason Vaughn, a coach for Arbery’s high school football team, is meant to raise awareness of his tragic death as well as to show support to his family. The organizers asked participants to dedicate their 2.23 mile runs/walks to Arbery, commemorating the day of his death, and to be held on May 8, which should have been his 26th birthday. They asked participants to share photos and messages on social media using the hashtag #IRunWithMaud.
Montclair high school senior Isis Arevalo, wanting to raise awareness beyond her group of friends, posted the call to action to her running community along with info on the crime and a petition for justice. Montclairians continued to dedicate their runs to Ahmaud throughout the weekend.
An additional way to contribute can be found at Baker’s GoFundMe page for Arbery’s family.
“ALL donations are going towards the fight for making sure justice is served and to ensure that Ahmaud’s family has the resources they need for the sole purpose of the case.”
Photos: Kate Albright