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Some Common Sense Tips to Stay Safe on the Road

November 19, 2009

With the time change and many people beginning to gear up for their spring marathon training, we thought it important to share with you some safety tips.

I know most of you, if not all of you, have heard about the GOTR Coach that was struck by a car while out for a morning run. Disturbingly, she had no identification on her and remained a Jane Doe for more than 24 hours while they tried to determine her identity. She was finally identified through the Serial Number on her iPod. This being said, please wear some sort of ID when you run. A great source is Road ID. They are also great to give as gifts to keep yourself and your loved ones protected while hitting the pavement. 

We can’t urge you enough to follow this and other safety tips listed below from Many are common sense but they don’t work unless applied!

From MarathonRookie Web site:

  • Identification: Always carry or wear identification in the event of an emergency. Should you be unconscious, you will want your rescuers to know who you are and how to reach your emergency contact(s). Also include your blood type.
  • Headphones: While you may enjoy listening to music while you run, headphones can be quite dangerous since they limit your ability to hear what is going on in your surroundings. For instance, if you are blaring music into your ears, you might not hear the squealing tires closing in on you or someone coming up behind you. Don’t wear headphones. (If you must wear headphones, only wear them in one ear so you can hear what’s going on around you…a GOTR tip)
  • Run facing traffic: If running alongside a road, always run facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles in the lane closest to you. (Also, if running with a group and on the road, remember to indicate “car up” and “car back” for those running with you. Also run single file or no more than 2 when running on a road, ALWAYS drop back to single file if a car is approaching….a GOTR tip)
  • Plan your routes: Always know your route and be familiar with the territory. If you are planning to run down a long stretch of road, go for a drive first and make sure there is plenty of room on the shoulder or sidewalk for you to run safely.
  • Let your friends/spouse know your route: If you are going out for a run, let your spouse, roommate, or friends know where you will be running and roughly what time you expect to be home. That way, should something happen to you, someone will know to look for you if you are late and know where to look.
  • Be safe at night: Always run in lighted areas when running at night. It is generally safer to run with a partner when running at night. Wear bright, reflective clothing so drivers of vehicles can easily see you.
  • Stay aware: Always be observant and aware of your surroundings.
  • Wear sunscreen: Increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen when running in the sun.
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