We care about you and we want you to be safe! Here are a few tips to consider:
Always stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you. Plug into your surroundings, not your IPod! The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
Remember to run single file when on paths, trails, sidewalk, or road. At most run doubles, but drop to single when others are present or passing.
Trust your intuition about a person or an area. Act on your intuition and avoid a person or situation if you’re unsure. If something tells you a situation is “not right,” it’s not.
Carry a noise maker such as a whistle or specialized one for athletes and consider taking a course in self-defense.
Write down or leave word of the direction of your run and when you plan to return. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.
Look ahead, and run clear of parked cars or bushes. Look behind you often.
Ignore verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics of strangers.
Especially for the spring WTP--Avoid dehydration! You can lose between 6 and 12 oz. of fluid for every 20 minutes of running. Therefore it is important to pre-hydrate (10–15 oz. of fluid 10 to 15 minutes prior to running).