Free Community Self-Defense Class for Female Runners with Kelly Herron

In 2017, Kelly Herron was assaulted by a known sex offender at Golden Gardens while out on a midday run. She successfully fought off her assailant using tactics she had learned just a few weeks prior in a self-defense course led by Jordan Giarratano of Fighting Chance Seattle.


Since then, Kelly has shared her story with the media both locally and nationally, with a message of empowerment and education for other women. On March 30, Kelly and Jordan are offering a free self-defense class tailored for female runners to mark the two-year anniversary of the attack.

  • Awareness and Empowerment Strategies

    Learn to identify and avoid potential threats.

  • Hands-on Practice

    Access the power of your body and voice to stay safe.


    Kelly and Jordan share coaching tips and practices for staying strong and resilient.

Kelly and Jordan have partnered with Nuun Hydration and Optimism Brewing to offer this free community class. In this 90-minute session you’ll learn valuable self-defense skills and practice with volunteers from Fighting Chance Seattle’s self-defense program. The class will conclude with a Q&A period and Kelly and Jordan will stick around after the event to meet and connect with attendees.


This event is open to women, over age 16. All levels of fitness and ability are welcome. Please note that as this is a public event, portions of the event may be recorded or photographed.


9:30 AM: Check-in (advanced registration required)

10:00 AM: Class begins

11:15 AM: Q&A

11:30 AM: Hang out at Optimism for a meet and greet with Kelly and Jordan


Optism Brewing

1158 Broadway

Seattle, Washington 98122