Rules Of The Road
The following are the rules by which we run, both as a group and as an individual runner. The emphasis is on Safety, Courtesy and Fun.
Runners Safety – Overall
- Don’t hog the road/trail, run no more than two abreast.
- Be respectful of others, including walkers, cyclists, cars and runners.
- Wear a light or reflective clothing when it’s dark.
- Don’t wear headphones. If you insist, wear in just one ear.
- Carry some type of identification, your name, phone number, and blood type and any important medical information.
- Avoid running alone, especially on trails or in isolated areas.
- If running alone, let someone know where you’re going and for how long.
- Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails. Avoid unlit areas.
- Ignore verbal harassment and do not verbally harass others.
- Protect yourself by carrying a noisemaker or mace, taking a self-defense.
- If something happens to you or another runner, of is you notice anything out of the ordinary, call police.
Runners Safety – On The Road
- Use pathways or sidewalks where practical.
- If on the road, run against traffic to the far left side.
- Always look both ways before crossing.
- Do not run in the designated bike paths (it’s against the law).
- Be sure the driver of a car acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle.
- Obey traffic signals and caution warnings.
- Never block traffic or impede normal driving.
- Yield to all traffic, including bicycles.
Runners Safety On The Trail
- Run to the right side and be respectful of others by not blocking the trail.
- Run no more than two abreast.
- When passing, be verbal by saying “On your left” or similar language.
- Move to the side if someone behind you uses similar language.
- Don’t make sudden stops, unexpected turns or other moves that surprise and/or endanger others
- When using multi-use trails, follow the rules of the road. If you alter your direction, look over your shoulder before crossing the trail.
- Be respectful of neighborhoods by not talking loudly or yelling.
- Respect private property along your route.
- Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.
- Don’t drop clothing on private property. Tie around your waist, leave at a water stop or find another means to stow it away.
- Be polite saying “Hi”, “Good Morning”, etc to passersby.
- Yield to all bicycles and cars.
- Members should be aware of their route in advance, including water stops, turn around points and other specifics
- Members should be aware of the Rules Of The Road and make others alert when needed.
- Be considerate of safety, other events and known temporary conditions when planning a route.
- Obtain insurance for all member runners.
- The group should follow the “ranger rules”, which means leave no one behind for any reason (bathroom breaks, “need to walk”, twisted ankle, etc).
- Establish and participate in group volunteer programs that improve the neighborhoods in which we run.
For more information, including etiquette at races, go to the Road Runners Of America’s website.