Running Safety

  • Carry identification or write your name, phone number and blood type on the inside sole or laced to the outside of your shoe. Include medical information.
  • Don't wear jewelry.
  • Carry change for an emergency phone call or carry a cell phone.
  • Run with a partner.
  • Write down or leave word of your running route.
  • Inform your friends and family of your favorite routes.
  • Run in familiar locations. 
  • Vary your routes. Do not set an obvious pattern
  • Know the locations of pay phones and open businesses and stores.
  • Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails.
  • Especially avoid unlit areas at night.
  • Don't wear headphones.
  • Use your hearing to be aware of your surroundings (car horns, other people).
  • Ignore verbal harassment.
  • Use discretion when acknowledging others.
  • Run against traffic so you can observe approaching vehicles.
  • Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after dark.
  • Use your intuition about suspicious persons or areas.
  • Consider a whistle or other noisemaker.
  • Call Campus Security (453-4830) or police (911) if something happens during your run.