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.