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Getting Prepared for Summer Activities, Part 7

Woman Running

Running Summer Races

During the summer time, many people look forward to local races in their communities. Here in Victoria, BC, Mountain Equipment Co-op puts on a number of summer races and relays. We also have the annual Woman2Warrior race in August and the The Goose Relay & Ultra in early September.

Whether you’re preparing for a run, community race, a more competitive and record-breaking race or you’re simply going about your routine that includes running, we’ve got some safety tips for all you runners.

If you’re running on sidewalks:

  1. Pretend you’re invisible. Never assume that drivers see you.
  2. Run with proper ID and a cell phone, in case of an emergency.
  3. Face traffic.
  4. If you’re going to run with headphones, make sure the volume is turned down low enough for you to still hear what’s going on around you.
  5. Be especially careful and watchful when running through or near parking lots or driveways.
  6. Acknowledge drivers as you run. Make eye contact and give a polite wave so that the driver will be more inclined to be considerate of the next runner.
  7. If you’re running at night, be extra cautious, wear running gear with reflective strips built in or a reflective vest.

If you’re running in trails…

  1. Stay alert, even when you’re tired. Lift your feet, be light in your steps, focus on your form to avoid tripping.
  2. Carry extra food and water if you’re on a long trail, in case you get lost and you end up running for longer than you anticipated.
  3. Know your route, and carry a map just in case.
  4. Tell someone where you’re going.
  5. Avoid running alone.
  6. Know the biggest dangers of the area. Is it people? Wildlife? Terrain?
  7. Wear bright colours during hunting season. Make noise as you run and if you need to, carry protection.

Running can be a highly energizing experience and provides the best highs! It would be unfortunate to give up running because of the risks, so instead of giving up, know the risks and take action!

-Content created by Sophie Wooding – Writer, gardener, cyclist and emergency preparedness enthusiast!

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