New safety clinic launched in Columbia

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COLUMBIA - Tuesday evening, Ultramax Sports launched its first free safety clinic. The clinic was designed for those who enjoy running, walking, or biking along trails that are not close to busy streets. With the MKT trail predator still on the loose, many runners, especially women, many not feel as safe as before the incident occurred and may not know how to protect themselves. 

"I just want people to be safe out there now in days - it's is our job to make sure that we are being responsible and taking care of ourselves. We can't control the people around us and the people that are driving so we need to be aware of what's going on while we're running," Ultramax Manager, Nancy Yaeger said.

During the clinic, runners are taught how to be seen by other runners, bikers, or drivers. Participants are also taught self-defense tactics in case a predator approaches them from behind. Additionally, Ultramax has gear that participants can purchase in order to feel safe such as light-reflective clothing and Booby Trap Bras which hold self-defense equipment, such as mace and pocket knives.

"Basically I'm here to teach prevention more than anything else. The best fight that you can get into is the one that never happened. So talking about regular safety protocols and then also talking about how to respond should they become attacked," Hockman's Martial Arts self defense instructor, Corinne Bracko said.

The clinics will be held every three months and between the times of 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ultramax Sports located on 700 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201.