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Monday, June 20
Running Safety

Here are a combination of rules, safety tips, and etiquette to follow when out on the roads or trails.
Please go over them and keep them in mind as you train, either on your own or with the team.Use common sense. Before you even head out for a run, take a minute or two to do a safety check. Are your shoes tied? Are you familiar with your route?

Rules of the road and trails - Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are. Stick to the designated route

* Don't wear headsets. This is the No. 1 rule for safe running. Why? Because when you listen to music or the radio while running outside, you can't hear car horns, cyclists, or, heaven forbid, the footsteps of someone coming up behind you. 
* Run against traffic if running on the road. If running on the sidewalk or multi-use trails, travel on the right and pass on the left. You are not a vehicle. You are a runner. You are also in a highly vulnerable position if you're running near cars, trucks, and bicycles.
* Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don’t be a road or trail hog.
* Don’t run down the middle of the road or trail.
* If you are running an out-and-back route, don’t just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass. Ensure the road or trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit.
* Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
* Be alert on blind curves.
* Stop at stop signs and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road. Don’t assume cars will stop if you are entering a cross walk.
* Respect private property along your route. Don’t relieve yourself in the neighbor’s bushes.
* Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.
* follow the “ranger rules”, which means leave no one behind for any reason (bathroom breaks, “need to walk”, twisted ankle, etc).
Be mindful of your language and conversation content. Conversations on mature topics do happen on group runs, but they should not go so far as to create an uncomfortable atmosphere for the group. Obscene and derrogatory comments are never acceptable!