Group Run, Trail & Track Etiquette
– Show up on time for a scheduled group run and bring your best attitude with you. Positivity is contagious.
– Understand the purpose of the group run goals and distances so you can ensure it is the right fit for your training and social needs.
– Sign-in, if that is a requirement, for the group run or training program session. This helps group leaders know who is participating in the day’s training run.
– Determine your pace-group before you get going. It’s okay to speed up or slow down, but be mindful about what pace you will be most comfortable sustaining over the full distance of the route. Be mindful of runners behind you if you need to take a walk break.
– Stick to the designated route outlined for the group run. Keep in mind, in most areas, you must run/walk on the sidewalk and not in the street if sidewalks are available.
– Be engaged with the group. Leave the headphones at home. Provide encouragement to fellow runners. Be mindful about your language and conversation topics. Respect and follow the groups code of conduct.
– Don’t run more than two abreast, especially on busy roads, sidewalks, or multi-use trails. The goal is to share the roads/trails, not hog them.
– Obey all traffic signs. NEVER assume a driver is going to stop for you at an intersection even if you have the right-of-way. Pay attention to your surroundings, especially if your group is running on the road. Run against traffic on the roads.
– Follow the “ranger rules,” meaning leave no one behind for any reason (bathroom breaks, walk breaks, twisted ankle, shortness of breath, etc.). Use the buddy system.
– Pay it forward. Volunteer to bring hydration supplies, to lead a pace group, to help with communications, and more efforts to help ensure the group runs are successful week after week
– On multi-use trails, 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.
– If you are running an out-and-back route on a trail, ensure the trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, scooters, etc.) before making your u-turn.
– Alert people when you are passing—don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
– When running on the track, respect the operating hours of the track. Pets, strollers, kid’s bikes/scooters, etc. are not appropriate to have on the track.
– Slower runners/walkers should use the outside lanes and allow faster runners to run the inside lanes.