This information courtesy of Providence Health Care, Bloomsday's Official Health Care Sponsor
Training on roads has many potential hazards. Being aware of safety is extremely important.
Wear brightly colored clothing to avoid blending into your surroundings. At dawn, dusk, and at night, wear reflective gear. Reflective vests, headbands, and wrist/leg bands can all be purchased for a reasonable cost and are easy to wear. Many running outfits and shoes now incorporate reflective tape. Stick to well-lighted areas.
Run On The Left Side Of The Road
Always face traffic when you run, even if you are on a sidewalk! Obey all traffic/pedestrian laws.
Don't Trust Any Driver!!
Always give the right of way to an automobile, and never assume the driver sees you! Establishing eye contact with the driver of a vehicle will help ensure your safety. You are no match for a 2,000-pound machine.
Use Common Sense
Runners are easy targets for attackers. One of the easiest ways to avoid confrontation is to run with someone else, a group, or a large dog. Stay away from isolated or unpopulated areas. Know your route so you will not be unpleasantly surprised by dark or desolate areas. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Always run defensively and be alert! It is a good idea to carry mace or pepper spray when walking/running.
Running to music can be a pleasant way to make the run more enjoyable. We recommend you do not use personal stereos when training on the roads, as they interfere with your ability to hear approaching vehicles. A personal stereo at low volume or with only one speaker in your ear may be fine to use on running trails, in parks, or on a treadmill.
Always carry identification which includes your name, address, phone number, and any pertinent medical information. You can carry identification in wrist bands or pockets, or use inexpensive tags on your shoes. Utilize technology, if you run with your phone make sure that your medical ID is completed in your phone in case you should ever need help and not be able to communicate. Many phones have a Medical ID ability to share pertinent info with emergency responders.
Appropriate dress is essential for enjoying running in all weather conditions and for safety. Be especially cautious on snow and ice, and as spring approaches, be prepared for rain and possibly even some heat!
Always Be Safety-Conscious When You Train
This information courtesy of Adam Richards, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Emergency Services
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital
A life-long runner since middle school, Adam is passionate about staying active and enjoying the outdoors. In addition to many fun runs and half marathons, Adam has completed a marathon. When he’s not volunteering in the first aid tents, Adam tries to run Bloomsday with his family.