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.

Runners Courtesy

  • 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.

Track Etiquette

See Runner’s World: Track Running 101.

Training Groups

  • 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.

RUN SAFE!