Group runs bring people together, both seasoned and newer runners and creates a social atmosphere that supports a runner’s training needs. To help ensure your group runs are well organized and safe we have the following rules for our group runs.
LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND FOR ANY REASON (bathroom breaks, “need to walk”, twisted ankle, etc).
Sign in and out of all group runs
Follow the route provided by the club leader
Be mindful of your language and conversation content. Adult conversation does happen on group runs, but it should not go so far as to create an uncomfortable atmosphere for the group.
Do not run more than two abreast especially on busy roads, sidewalks, or multi-use trails. The goal is to share the roads/trails, not hog them.\
Obey all traffic signs. The group leaders should NEVER run the against a light or through a stop sign . Mid-sections of a group tend to ignore traffic signals while following the front of the pack. This has been the number one reason why people get hit by cars on group runs.
Use sidewalks and trails as much as possible, if you need to run on a road, face traffic and run no more than two abreast. This will allow oncoming motorist to see the group as opposed to driving upon the back of the pack.
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.
Avoid confrontation with drivers. If there is a confrontation with a driver, follow the path of least violence. Use a cell phone camera to document a confrontational driver.
Wear reflective clothing if running in the dark or if it will get dark during the run.
Be alert on blind curves.
Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
Respect private property along your route.
Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.