Running club partners with Waveland Police to teach self defense

A Bay St. Louis running club hosts a women’s self defense class in response to the death of Memphis runner Eliza Fletcher.

You may recall that Fletcher, a 34-year-old mother of two and a teacher, disappeared while on an early morning jog on the University of Memphis campus on September 2.

Her body was found three days later behind an abandoned house.

Fletcher’s death brought awareness to the importance of self defense.

Bay St. Louis Running Company partnered with Waveland Police Department and Hancock Women’s Center to offer a free class to teach self defense tactics.

“We decided to organize this class and hopefully make it a regular thing and help keep the streets safer by training people to defend themselves, if they need to,” said Joel Lawhead, a partner in the Bay St. Louis Running Company.

“There’s been an overwhelming response — in fact we could only host 25 people and we had way more than that, that wanted to sign up so that’s why we’re looking at scheduling more dates.”

Visit the Bay St. Louis Running Company’s Facebook page for upcoming dates for self-defense classes.

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