SAFETY FIRST!! NEW!
**While running is fun and healthy, there are inherent risks to health and safety. We ask that you consult with your physician prior to starting to run.
We ask that any child who would like to participate is accompanied by a responsible adult who can ensure the safety for the child.
Additionally while we accompany the group and try to keep account of it's members, we still require each member sign a waiver of liability for Eugene Running Company or any of it's members. Minors must have a legal guardian sign on his or her behalf.)
Tips for Running Safety by the Road Runners Club of America:
Follow the rules of the road - travel on the right and pass on the left.
* Don't run down the middle of the trail. Run to the right side to allow others to pass safely.
* Don't wear headphones - but if you insist on going against this RRCA safety guideline, keep the volume low or only wear one headphone.
* If you are running an out-and-back route on a trail, don't just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass.
* If you are wearing headphones, now is a good time to pop out an earphone to make sure no one is approaching.
* Ensure the trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit by an oncoming cyclist or skater.
* Avoid running on trails in the evening if they are not well lit and do not have regular traffic.
* Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don't be a trail hog. While pedestrians have the right of way on most trails, the goal is to share the trails.
* Alert people when you are passing them - don't assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple "on your left" warning will suffice.
* Be alert on blind curves.
* Stop at stop signs if the trail crosses a roadway. Don't assume cars on the road will stop for the trail crossing.
* Be mindful of young children on the trail - their movements can be unpredictable. Slowing the pace a bit when you pass small children on the trail is a wise idea. Use this as an opportunity to slow the pace then pick up the tempo.
* Respect private property along the trail.
* Don't litter. If you can't find a trash can, carry your trash home.
* Get approval from local authorities before planning a race or training event on your local multi-use trail.
* If you run with a dog, keep it on a short leash. Long leashes can create a hazard for your pet and passing runners, cyclists or skaters.
The RRCA is the national association of running clubs, running events, and runners. The mission of the RRCA is to promote long distance grassroots running as a competitive sport and healthful exercise. The RRCA achieves their mission by promoting the common interests of its members by providing educational opportunities, programs, and services. The organization's membership consists of over 775 running clubs and events which comprise over 180,000 individuals.