Posted on November 30th, 2011
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Here are our top 20 running and walking safety tips. If you can follow most of these, your sure to increase your chance of a safe workout. Please share this on your social network outlets, to help save lives and loved ones.
2. Run in familiar areas. In unfamiliar areas, contact a local running club or store.
3. Practice memorizing license plates or identifying characteristics of strangers.
4. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
5. Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
6. Do not use earphones while walking, driving, or bicycling. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss.
7. Wear bright colors and reflective material.
8. Stay in well-lit areas.
9. Avoid unpopulated areas and shortcuts through parks, vacant lots, and other deserted places.
10. Run/walk close to the curb and stay away from parked cars, bushes or doorways where an attacker can hide.
11. Know where open businesses or stores are located in case of emergency.
12. Know the locations of call boxes, emergency blue light phones and telephones along your regular route.
13. Write or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.
14. Carry ID and a cell phone or change for a phone call.
15. Write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information.
16. If followed on foot, cross the street, change direction, vary your pace, or walk quickly to well-lit, populated areas. If the follower persists, go to a lighted building and call the Police.
17. If followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk up a well-lit one-way street. If the situation persists, record the license number and call the Police.
18. When being followed by a car, turn and go in the other direction.
19. Avoid danger, but don’t be afraid to scream if it doesn’t avoid you.
20. Trust your gut . . . When in doubt, just get out.