Olympian to Hold Workshops on Staying Safe While Running

Two-time U.S. Olympic distance runner and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Todd Williams will teach a pair of workshops on staying safe while running on Thursday, Sept. 11 at Marymount University. The hands-on, 40-minute sessions will teach basic self-defense techniques and offer safety awareness tips.

A 40-minute workshop limited to the Marymount community will be held at 1 p.m. in the Rec Gym of Marymount’s Lee Center’. The general public is invited to a second session at 2 p.m. Those attending should come dressed for activity.

“This is part of our continued efforts to bring wellness opportunities to campus,” said Kelly L. DeSenti, dean of Student Development and Engagement. “We have several trails that are very close to campus and with students coming from all over the United States and different countries, it’s important for them to learn about being safe where they choose to run and walk.”

Williams, who competed for the United States in the 10,000 meters in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics, spent 11 years studying Jiu Jitsu before receiving his black belt in 2011. He combined the two passions by founding RUNSAFER, a program sponsored by the athletic equipment company ASICS. He has taught workshops across the country on running safely.

The sessions will coincide with the Marymount Wellness Task Force Field Day, scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at the Marymount Practice Field. Williams’ appearance is co-sponsored by the MU Wellness Task Force and Potomac River Running.

For more information on Williams, visit www.runsafer.com.