Street-smart safety tips for runners

Safety should always a top priority when running. Here are some tips to keep you running and safe for a long time.

Despite what you may think, you are not invincible once you hit the streets. Dangers are around every corner! Safety should always a top priority when running. Here are some tips to keep you running and safe for a long time:

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  1. Dress smart. Running during the winter months often means you will be running in the dark. Always wear reflective gear or lights when hitting the roads in the early mornings or evenings. Bright colors also are a good way to be seen on the roadways.
  2. Look and listen. Be aware of your surroundings. Is there a lot of traffic? Is your route well lit? Are there other people around you running? These are important questions to ask yourself when going for a run. If something seems amiss, trust your gut and take your training somewhere else.
  3. Find a buddy. Running with a friend not only motivates you and keeps you accountable during your training, but it provides another set of eyes and ears to stay safe. If you are hitting the road by yourself, let someone know your running route and estimated time you will be gone.
  4. Run against traffic. Always run against (facing) traffic, as it is easier to side-step a potential threat coming at you than from behind.
  5. Obey traffic rules. Follow the rules of the road, including stopping at traffic signs or lights and waiting for drivers to waive you across. Never dart in front of traffic thinking you can make it across a street.

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