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Runners Unite To Avoid Crime

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 18, 2013
  • Updated Jun. 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM UTC
Hundreds of runners bond together in Venezuela to avoid crime. Photo: Washington Post

Caracas’ exercise community is galvanizing.

There are thousands of causes that runners don sneakers to support. However, a recent report that showed up on the Tico Times website is about a group of like-minded exercise enthusiasts out to do something unique: stop crime.

The runners live in Caracas, Venzuela and talk about the old days when crime levels were under control.

One of them, Andrea Pereira, shakes her head when she talks about how dangerous it is now to run at night.

With 4,000 slayings last year, Caracas is now the official “murder capital” of the world. Pereira used to run at night, but not so anymore.

She now runs at night with a group, called Runners Venezuela, that has bonded together.

“My family, they were really worried because I was, you know, going alone running in the street,” said Pereira. “So I said, ‘Mom, I am going with a big group.’ She said, ‘A big group running at night, here in Caracas? You have to be kidding me.’”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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