Group runs are an excellent way to stay motivated all year long.
When running in a group, here are some etiquette suggestions to make the run more enjoyable for all.
- Get there on time. If the run starts at 8 a.m. be there a few minutes before and be ready to run at 8 a.m. It is impolite to make everyone wait.
- Try to stay with a group which runs about your pace. Sometimes in a group I see people running a few yards in front of others. Just slow down a bit and run at a comfortable pace with people who run about your pace and stay together..
- It is not a race. It is supposed to be a fun run. It is not a race to see who can make it back first.
- Avoid headphones and ear buds. It’s the worst feeling when you are running with someone and you say something and they are oblivious to your conversation. Remember it is a group run and the conversation will help make the run more enjoyable and go faster. Save the music when running alone.
- When new runners join the group, make sure someone who knows the route goes with them or at least points them in the right direction.
- Empty your pockets. Don’t carry that big key chain and pocketful of coins. The jingling on a long run can be very annoying to other runners. Just take your car key and put it in the little key pocket of your shorts or jacket or tie it to your shoe laces.
- Don’t crowd the path. Generally run two abreast. On running trails leave room for others going in the opposite direction or others to pass you. On the road always stay far enough to the side of the road out of the path of oncoming traffic.
- On windy days take turns running in front to help break the wind for those behind you.
- It is good to talk but don’t monopolize the conversation. Let others chime in.
- If someone is having a problem or falls make sure someone stays with them and someone calls or goes for help. If it happened to you, you would not want to be left alone.
Check out some of the local group runs in your area.Stop by and meet your fellow runners.