Safety Rules of the Road
The Race Team RVA follows the Safe Running Rules published by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). These principles and rules are defined below.
Principles and Running Safety Rules
Don’t take for granted that people have common sense
- Headphones – participants can wear headphones in our group runs and in the race, but encourage them not to use on their solo runs. Primary reason is when you listen to music/radio while running outside, you cannot hear car horns, cyclists, or heaven forbid, the footsteps of someone coming up behind you. Treadmill
- Run against Traffic – Run on the side of the road where you can see the vehicle and more importantly, the driver. Make eye contact.
- Look both ways before crossing. Be sure the driver of a car acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle. Obey traffic signals.
- If you run at night, make yourself visible – Wear light-colored clothing and invest a few dollars in a reflective vest
- Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information.
- Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call. Know the locations of public phones along your regular route.
- Don’t challenge cars to a race – If you and a car are both approaching an intersection, stop and let the car go first. (don’t second guess the car – it is much faster than you.)
- Alter or vary your running route pattern – Run in familiar areas if possible. In unfamiliar areas, such as while traveling, contact a local RRCA club or running store. Know where open businesses or stores are located.
- Write down or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.
- Beware of stopped cars waiting to make a right turn – Stop and wait until they make the turn, or run behind them.
- Run with others / Avoid running alone in unpopulated, unfamiliar areas and stay away from trails surrounded by heavy bush or Run with a dog.
- Do not wear jewelry – But do carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe.
- Always trust your intuition – If you’re unsure about a person or a place, avoid it. It does not hurt to carry a noisemaker, pepper spray, etc. In general, Richmond is a safe area but use your best judgment and your intuition when running/walking.
- Don’t stop to give directions to strangers in cars if you are running alone. – Again, trust your intuition. Ignore verbal harassment and do not verbally harass others. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
- Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics of strangers.
- Carry a noisemaker. Get training in self-defense.
- When using multi-use trails, follow the rules of the road. If you alter your direction, look over your should before crossing the trail to avoid a potential collision with an oncoming cyclist or passing runner.
- CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. It is important to report incidents immediately.