Fleet Feet Greensboro is hosting the 4th Annual Glow Run 5K and 10K this November to kick off National Running Safety Month. Nathan Sports will be there with lights and vests to try during the run.
When you think about Running Safety, what comes to mind? What steps do you regularly take to ensure your safety during a run?
Maybe you bring water on your run to avoid dehydration, leave the headphones at home so you are more aware of your surroundings or perhaps you even carry pepper spray for self defense.
All of these are great practices for keeping you safe, however many runners fail to realize the importance of making yourself visible to cars at night. Its extremely important to wear bright, reflective clothing or lights to be visible to drivers at night. A white t-shirt won’t cut it. In fact, this video from 3M, titled “No White at Night” highlights just how invisible you may be to a driver. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMvM7-9lgeg)
On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident every 113 minutes. A pedestrian is injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. We hold the Glow Run at night to raise awareness about the importance of visibility for runners. This is a fun run that is untimed and focuses on runner safety using reflective gear and visibility products to allow runners to be seen by cars. The Glow Run will have a 5k and a 10k route, and takes place November 8th at 7pm. Come help us LIGHT UP THE NIGHT! We have a great evening planned for all! Register using the link below…
Of course wearing reflective clothing isn’t the only precaution you should take before a night run.
If possible, run with a buddy or a group. There is strength in numbers.
Your running buddy doesn’t have to walk on two legs, consider running with your dog! Your dog may be able to sense potential danger before you and is a great motivator!
Leave the headphones at home or run with only one in, it will help you stay aware and alert.
Bring your phone and make sure the passcode is off. In the case of an accident rescuers will be able to access your emergency contacts.
If you have to run alone, frequent routes with more running traffic.
Vary your routes and the time you take your run, you never know who could be watching.
Carry a self defense spray
If nothing else, PLEASE wear reflective clothing or carry a light!