In our drive to become physically fit and maintain our health, we sometimes forget that the streets we run on are also populated by cars, and, unfortunately, also by criminals looking for easy targets. I take this opportunity to offer runners some advice to help keep them safe while running.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not blast your headphones as you run; make sure you can hear cars or other people coming.
  • Carry a cell phone with you, or some change in order to make a call in case of an emergency.
  • Try to walk or run in familiar areas, and avoid secluded areas.
  • Run with a companion, especially at night.
  • Wear bright colored clothing so you can be seen, especially by drivers.
  • Walk or run facing traffic.
  • Let someone know you are going for a walk or run; let them know the route you plan to take and inform them when you return.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings, and if you do get into trouble, notify a police officer immediately.

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Charles J. Hynes