When I first started running I had no idea what the rules of a runner may be and quite honestly, learned the hard way. How does a novice runner know what the rules are? Below are a list of “rules of the road” as stated by Road Runners Club of America that may come in handy as you begin your spring training program.
Run against traffic if running on the road. If running on the sidewalk or multi-use trails, travel on the right and pass on the left.
Never run more than two side by side if you are running in a group.
Don’t run down the middle of the trail.
If you are running an out-and-back route, don’t make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass. Ensure the road or trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a safety hazard.
Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
Be alert on blind curves.
Stop at stop signs and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road. Don’t assume cars will stop if you are entering a cross walk.
Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.
Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about Rules for Running in an Event