Miles for Mollie community run to honor Mollie Tibbetts

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Runners from across the country and here in the Quad Cities are coming together to honor Mollie Tibbetts.

The hashtag ‘Miles for Mollie’ went viral on social media in less than 20 hours.

The Facebook group ‘Flags for Fallen’ helped organize the tribute.

Running was one of Mollie Tibbetts’ biggest passions.

She disappeared more than a month ago after she went out for a run.

Authorities later found her body in a cornfield.

Sunday Fleet Feet in Davenport is helping honor Mollie by participating in the ‘Miles for Mollie community run.

The post by ‘Flags for Fallen’ has been viewed over 100,000 times and shared over 1,000 times and it was just posted Thursday afternoon.

The way it works is when people complete their run they should message or screenshot a picture from their run and route. 

They will then all be saved on a flash drive. 

Then on an American Flag, ‘Flags for Fallen will write all the miles recorded along with the cities and states that participated nationwide.

The flag and the flash drive will eventually be given to Mollie’s family.

Fleet Feet training programs coordinator Michelle Burken said not only is this a great way to bring the running community together, but it’s a great way to raise awareness on how to be safe when running alone.

“We wanted to organize something local to get everyone together to help honor and remember Mollie Tibbetts and have a local event to have everyone running together and feeling safe,” said Burken.

The run is scheduled for this Sunday at 7am at Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf.

Over 300 people have already RSVP.

Running safety devices will be given out.

All donations will be given to the St. Ambrose dance marathon.

Mollie was apart of dance marathon at University of Iowa.

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