Friday, May 29, 2009

Cheryl Bednosky: My "Go-To-Girl"

Photo taken Christmas of our senior year in college at Mom and Dad's house.
Cheryl is on right, Annette on left.

Today is the anniversary of Cheryl's death. Cheryl was my twin: we shared looks, a room, teachers, school bus, family and last name. We did not share interests.

Cheryl ran. I did theatre. We did not mix. Like the masking tape line across our bedroom, we had an unspoken rule to hold to in order to find our seperateness. I thought she was a freak for running in rain and snow and sometimes 2-3x per day.

We moved away from one another in 1984 to go to college. She kept running and setting records. She ran NYC marathon in just over 3 hours. I got fat and started running.

Cheryl died in 1998. There is sooo very much more to say about Cheryl and her running, life,influence and even death, yet now is not the time...for now I will share a new discovery:

Last night I found a new contest by Montrail/Mountain Hardwear called Go To Girl. Please check it out. Though I am not eligible for consideration to win because I am sponsored by both, I entered anyway. I had to share about Cher.
You only get 1 photo and 300 characters including spaces. This is what I submitted. (And the photo above).

"My twin sister Cheryl started running at 13: in sun, rain, snow, sometimes 2x or more a day. She ran cross country, 10ks and marathons for years. I thought she was nuts. I only ran from the house to the car in the rain. She died 1998. Now I run ultras and understand. Thank you for being you, Cher!"

The prizes for this contest are outraeously cool-yet more than anything a chance to use a meager few words to try and describe the value of the influence of an important inspirational female is awesome.

Thank you Cher!
I miss you.

14 comments:

Mike said...

Never knew Annette. Sorry for your loss and what a very nice tribute to your sister. I'm sure she loves all the awesome running places you've taken her and will continue to take her. I'm sure she is very proud of the awesome person you've become.

Now, about that hair :)

Sophie Speidel said...

Thanks, Annette. I have always wondered about Cheryl but didn't want to invade your privacy. I imagine that she gives you much inspiration while you are out there, running, and would be so proud of you and all that you have and will accomplish in your life. I will check out the Go To Girl site...thanks again.

S

jenn said...

annette that was such a beautiful tribute to your sister.:o) Losing a sibling has been one of the hardest, life changing things I have ever gone through.My heart just broke when I read that and realized you too have experienced that loss.
I know that your sister is SO proud of you. I think it's wonderful you discovered a shared passion for distance( and ultra) running. I know she is right there with you on all your journeys!

Anita A Chauvin~Hurst said...

My "Go~to~Girl" can fly! I swear she has winged feet! She is an UltraRunner. NEVER in my life would have I *thought* that I would run... runaway from life, Yes, run for the thrill of running into my life... NO!
My G2G is Strong, Grounded, Swift, Compassionate, Funny and she makes a Great Wine!!!


Annette, YOU are My G2G! I just submitted this! :D

Rick Gray said...

Annette, There are things in each of our lives that change and shape each one of us into what we are today and what we will become. Your sister Cheryl would be so proud of you and would be even prouder to say "there goes my sister". Rick

Anonymous said...

I ran track with Cheryl 25 years ago in college. I googled some old college friends and found this page. I am sad to hear of her passing. What happened?

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