Austin gym owner wants to keep runners safe

Remember those recent attacks on runners at the Hike and bike trial? Now an austin gym owner is offering free classes for people worried about running alone.

AUSTIN - An Austin gym owner is offering free classes for people worried about running alone following a string of attacks on the Ladybird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.

Kathy Redden of Tetra Fitness chose to run in a group after she was attacked while running by herself ten years ago.

News of the recent attacks angered and frustrated her so much, she decided to take action.

The class is a 75-minute run that ends with scheduled exercises.

She's welcoming any gender, any age and any skill level.

"The bigger it is the better because there's more people to stay together," Redden said. "So if someone is intimidated, I want to encourage them to come because you're going to help the people who are intimidated who do come with what they're going through."

The free class meets every Monday at 5:40 a.m. at Tetra Fitness at 1717 W. 6th St. Redden plans to run the class at least through the end of the year.

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