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The unspoken rules of running

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Do you run at Memorial Park? Have you ever taken the time to read this sign as you run past it?

With marathon and half marathon training season upon us, we thought it might be a good time to encourage good running etiquette.

Here are a few “rules” to think about the next time you head out for a run.

  • Don’t be a road or trail hog. If you are running in a group, never run more than two abreast. If you are in a particularly busy area, run single file.
  • Always stay to the right unless you are passing someone.
  • Don’t run down the middle of the road or trail.
  • Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.
  • When you’re running on the road, run on the left side into oncoming traffic.
  • Yield to all traffic signs and alerts
  • If you run with a dog, keep him close by, on a tight leash, and move to the side so runners can pass without interruption.
  • Be considerate of those around you and remember that others may be using the same path, trail or road that you are.
  • Wave to other runners. Brief eye contact and a quick nod or smile will do the trick.

Whatever your pace or wherever you race, manners matter. Share your own rules of running in the comment section below.


One Comment

  1. Raina Newsome August 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Don’t spit without checking if someone is passing you!

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