Trail runners learn to protect themselves

Halfway into the Self-Defense for Trail Runners class, martial arts expert and instructor Jimmy Smith, after shoving a student into a bush as part of a mock attack, found his face full of dirt and pine needles. He reeled backward, and Bend resident Julie Krooswyk laughed as she sprinted away.

Smith coughed and grinned while he shook the debris out of his hair.

“Man, you really got it in there good,” Smith said, jerking his head to the side in an attempt to dislodge debris from his ear canal. “That’s definitely going to be a part of your go-to self-defense strategy.”

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