‘He took off like a shot’: Hamilton gym manager recalls day she sprinted after teenage vandal — and caught him
It is not easy running in black dress shoes.
Especially when it is January and the sidewalks are a slushy mess, and especially when you are 36-years-old and wearing dress pants in addition to dress shoes, and not merely out for a casual jog but sprinting, flat-out, like Florence Griffith Joyner, circa 1988, in hot pursuit of a teenager with the physique of a high school football player who had just kicked in a glass door at the fitness club where you work as the manager.
And being a responsible manager, as Lindsay Geddes at the Lime Ridge Mall GoodLife fitness club in Hamilton most definitely is, there simply wasn’t time to fret about footwear choices. There was only time to either stay put or take action on that January day in 2012. Ms. Geddes, a once-upon-a-time high school soccer star, with shoulder length blond hair and a Dad who was a cop, isn’t your sit tight and call 911 type.
“He was a bigger boy, a lot taller than I am,” Ms. Geddes tells me. “I came out of the gym and said, ‘Hey, you kicked our door in.’ And he started to walk away. Then he bolted.”
He took off like a shot.
“I thought, you know what, that’s just not right — you need to take responsibility for what you did — and so I followed him,” Ms. Geddes says. “I was on a mission. I could have run all day.” (Glenn Lowson for the National Post)