7 Top Running Safety Tips For Runners

7 Top Running Safety Tips For Runners


Last week, 2 runners were hit by cars while out on their morning runs. Although these stories are not common, two major incidents on the same day is cause to bring attention to the importance of runner safety, especially when out running on our local roadways. Both of these athletes had years of experience and knowledge of the rules of the road, and were hit by no fault of their own. What we can do is continue to spread the word about runner safety to all runners, and all drivers.

7 Top Running Safety Tips For Runners:

  • Run with a group or friend whenever possible.
  • Run AGAINST traffic. This way you can see a vehicle coming at you, giving you the chance to jump out of the way.
  • Always tell someone when you are going out, how many miles, a rough estimate of how long you will be gone, and a general route.
  • Wear a tracking device. Many watches have live tracking that send a link to an email address of choice and they can check in anytime. Find my iPhone is also a great tracking tool.
  • Avoid headphones in order to hear the traffic around you while on the streets.
  • Find trails whenever possible to avoid streets.

Other Things to Remember:

Although it seems like a low probability of getting hit, imagine all the near misses, or small injury reports that do not ever make it to national news recognition. Plenty of  reasons to be on specific watch is if:

  • Someone is not paying attention (texting, messing with the radio, zoned out)
  • Driving too fast
  • Just not caring that they see someone in the street
  • Running around a curve or bend in the road and possibly being in a blind spot to oncoming traffic

 The risk is out there, be prepared, and stay safe.

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Steve is the founder and head running coach of RunBuzz.com. Steve is host of the RunBuzz podcast and founder of PaceBuilders, a complete online training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach and resides in Lewis Center, Ohio.