April 11, 2014
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Former Olympic runner Todd Williams speaks to associates at the Jacksonville Store Support Center.​

Todd Williams, former U.S. Olympic long-distance runner and a Jiu Jitsu black belt, taught associates at the Jacksonville Store Support Center how to keep themselves safe as they run to keep themselves healthy.

Williams said while he didn’t want to be an alarmist, there are risks to runners anyplace they might find themselves on a long stretch of road alone – or virtually anyplace else.

“It can happen anytime, anywhere, and you need to be prepared,” Williams said.

Williams spoke to about 30 Jacksonville Store Support Associates during a “lunch and learn” event in the Jacksonville Store Support Center auditorium March 28.

Williams created his RunSafer project with a goal of helping people to be safer in situations that may warrant self defense training -- such as running alone. RunSafer Clinics provide attendees with simple self-defense and safety tips that can be used in a dire situation, including how to avoid isolated areas, how to become more aware of one’s surroundings and how to recognize a potentially dangerous situation.

“I do have a passion behind it,” he said. “I have two teenage daughters.”

Associates watched carefully as Williams demonstrated simple and effective methods for discouraging and warding off would-be attackers. One of those daughters, Brooke, assisted with the demonstration.

For more information about RunSafer, click here.

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